EIT Raw Material : a new call for SME

Apply for the SME Call to accelerate the commercialisation of your products and services with the support of an EIT Raw Material partner

The EIT Raw Materials is linked and funded by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), an EU body funded by Horizon 2020. This major consortium brings together more than 120 partners in the raw materials sector. It aims to ensure the accessibility, availability and sustainable use of metal and mineral raw materials for the economy and citizens. For more information about the EIT Raw materials, you can read NCPs CaRE useful guide.

On top of its recurrent calls, the EIT Raw Material has launched a new call targeting SMEs (lead partner) which are not yet in the EIT Raw Materials but which would become part of it through a project with an existing Core or Associate Partner of the EIT (coordinating Partner).  The deadline is 6th May 2020.

The call aims to help SMEs to boost and accelerate the launch on the market of new products  in a relatively short time to market. The project must fit under one of the 3 value chains identified as priority for the EIT : EIT RawMaterials Lighthouses on Sustainable Discovery and SupplySustainable Materials for Future MobilityRaw Materials and Circular Societies.

Projects could receive up to 350 000 €, though some capping apply per partner and per year. There is a minimum mandatory cofinancing of 30% as usual under Horizon 2020 for for-profit innovation activities. Moreover, the project partners will discuss with the EIT Raw Materials how they will contribute to the EIT Raw Materials through a financial backflow in case of success.

For more information, read carefully all calls documents on the EIT Raw Materials website. For additional support you can contact your nearest Innovation hub and EEN local office.

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Annotated proposal template SME Instrument Phase 1 and Phase 2

The ‘Annotated proposal template SME Instrument ‘ is a guide created in order to assist innovative companies in applying to the EIC SME Instrument 2018-2020 call of Horizon 2020.

Its aim is to help companies better understand the requirements of the template and write better applications.

The authors of this guide are Horizon 2020 NCPs dealing daily with SME Instrument applications. Their recommendations also include feedback received from evaluators of SME Instrument proposals employed by the European Commission. The NCPs interacted with, trained and provided advice to thousands of companies that wanted to introduce their innovative product or service to market by using SME Instrument funding.

The guide should be useful for anyone who wants to submit an EIC SME Instrument related proposal.

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Participation of SMEs in the environmental areas of FP7 and H2020

Increase of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) participation in research projects has been one of the priorities of EU research programmes. We focus on this issue within environmental priorities of 7th Framework Programme (FP7) and Horizon 2020 programme (H2020). In FP7, environmental research was mainly included in Environment (including Climate change) topic, in H2020 we find it in so-called Societal Challenge 5: Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials.

Our source of data, the H2020 E-CORDA  database (version  5, 31/05/2016),  allows  for  a  rough  categorization  of  research  teams  according  to  their predominant  activities: universities, research organizations, private and public sector, SMEs and others. In FP7, SMEs constituted 15.62 % and 14.44 % of all participants in proposals and grants, respectively. With a shift of H2020 orientation towards innovation and requirement of specific solutions the increase of SMEs entering the projects as end-users or demanders could be expected. Indeed, the share of SMEs in H2020 increased to 35.54 % in proposals and 21.66 % in grants. But we have to take into account the new H2020 type of action, so-called SME instrument designed for SMEs only. After exclusion of this instrument we are coming to 19.49 % of SMEs in proposals and 15.8 % in grants. The increase of SMEs share in “classical” project types is still visible, but especially in case of grants much less significant. Above mentioned data comprise participants from all countries whereas Figures 1 and 2 describe the situation in EU countries only.

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