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H2020 – New business models for inclusive, innovative and reflective societies (SMEInst-12-2016-2017)

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Specific Challenge:SMEs, including social enterprises and cultural actors, can build their growth on business model innovation, taking into account new opportunities arising from servitisation, from individual empowerment, from a more collaborative economy, from opening up government data and services and from the pervasive use of new technologies. A change of paradigm from ownership to access, from individual consumption to shared functionalities can be applied in several sectors benefiting from digital technologies and ensuring more sustainable lifestyles to EU citizens particularly in cities. A similar paradigm shift is happening in the relationship between government, citizens and businesses, where societal actors take on a more proactive role in the design and delivery of public services. One of the main challenges is to attract business to use public platforms to create more value as current business models do not adequately exploit the benefits of participation and collaboration with government. New ways of creating, producing, consuming, using, educating, learning, caring, moving and living are emerging in European cities. New ways of exploiting tangible and intangible cultural heritage are made possible. News ways of creating innovative public services, using open data and open public services provide new business opportunities. SMEs developing and adapting new business models play a key role in these transformations. The specific challenge addressed by this topic is to enable SMEs in traditional and new sectors, collaborative economy and creative sectors, cultural heritage and the social economy as well as collaborative public service creation to innovate and grow across traditional boundaries, through new business models and organisational change.

Scope:The SME instrument consists of three phases, including a coaching and mentoring service for beneficiaries. Participants can apply to phase 1 or directly to phase 2.

In phase 1, a feasibility study shall be developed in order to verify the technological/practical as well as economic viability of an innovation idea/concept with considerable novelty to the industry sector in which it is presented (new products, processes, design, services and technologies or new market applications of existing technologies). The activities could, for example, comprise risk assessment, market study, user involvement, Intellectual Property (IP) management, innovation strategy development, partner search, feasibility of concept and the like to establish a solid high-potential innovation project aligned to the enterprise strategy and with a European dimension. Bottlenecks in the ability to increase profitability of the enterprise through innovation shall be detected and analysed during phase 1 and addressed during phase 2 to increase the return in investment in innovation activities. The proposal should contain an initial business plan based on the proposed idea/concept. It should outline the specifications of a more elaborate business plan, which is to be the outcome of the project, and the criteria for success.

Funding will be provided in the form of a lump sum of EUR 50.000. Projects should last around 6 months.

In phase 2, innovation projects will be supported that address the specific challenges identified and that demonstrate high potential in terms of company competitiveness and growth underpinned by a strategic business plan. Activities should focus on innovation activities such as demonstration, testing, prototyping, piloting, scaling-up, miniaturisation, design, market replication and the like aiming to bring an innovation idea (product, process, service etc.) to industrial readiness and maturity for market introduction, but may also include some research. For technological innovation, Technology Readiness Levels of 6 or above (or similar for non-technological innovations) are envisaged; please see part G of the General Annexes.

Proposals shall be based on an elaborate business plan. Particular attention must be paid to IP protection and ownership; applicants will have to present convincing measures to ensure the possibility of commercial exploitation ('freedom to operate').

Proposals shall contain a specification for the outcome of the project and criteria for success. They will include an explanation of how the results of the supported project are to be commercialised and of what kind of impact on the company is expected.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of between EUR 0.5 and 2.5 million would allow phase 2 to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts (higher or lower). Projects should last between 12 and 24 months.

Phase 3 of the SME Instrument aims to increase the economic impact of the funding provided by the SME Instrument phase 1&2 grants and by the business coaching. Phase 3 is not subsequent to phase 1 and/or 2, but provides specific support to SME instrument beneficiaries during and after phase 1 or 2.

All support under phase 3 of the SME instrument will be accessible through a single, dedicated entry point, which will serve as an information portal and a networking space.

This platform will offer access to two main strands of services:

  • Access to markets
  • Access to finance

In addition, phase 3 will create opportunities for partnering, networking and training, which are set out in the Dedicated Support Actions at the end of this call.

SME Instrument beneficiaries are also offered dedicated business innovation coaching and mentoring support. This service is facilitated by the Enterprise Europe Network and delivered by a dedicated coach through consultation and signposting to the beneficiaries. The coaches are recruited from a central database managed by the Commission and have all fulfilled stringent criteria with regards to business experience and competencies.

Throughout the three phases of the instrument, the Network will complement the coaching support by providing access to its innovation and internationalisation service offering. This could include, for example, depending on the need of the SME, support in identifying growth potential, developing a growth plan and maximising it through internationalisation; strengthening the leadership and management skills of individuals in the senior management team and developing in-house coaching capacity; developing a marketing strategy or raising external finance.

Expected Impact:

  • Enhancing profitability and growth performance of SMEs by combining and transferring new and existing knowledge into innovative, disruptive and competitive solutions seizing European and global business opportunities.
  • Market uptake and distribution of innovations[5] tackling the specific challenges in a sustainable way.
  • Increase of private investment in innovation, notably leverage of private co-investor and/or follow-up investments.
  • The expected impacts should be clearly described in qualitative and quantitative terms (e.g. on turnover, employment, market seize, IP management, sales, return on investment and profit).

Budget

2016: 10,80 miljoen euro (indicatief)

2017: 11,40 miljoen euro (indicatief)

Begunstigden

SME Instrument phase 1 / phase 2: At least one SME. Only applications from for-profit SMEs established in EU Member States or Horizon 2020 associated countries.

Meer infozie de de General Annexes bij het Horizon 2020 werkprogramma 2016-2017.

Info & contact

Contact in Vlaanderen

Magali Parent

Agentschap voor Innovatie door Wetenschap en Technologie

02 432 42 42

magali.parent@vlaio.be

meer informatie

Link naar het H2020 participant portal.

Link naar het Innovation in SMEs werkprogramma 2016-2017.

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Horizon Europe

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Horizon Europa is het negende kaderprogramma van de Europese Unie voor onderzoek en innovatie. Ze bestaat uit 3 pijlers: Excellente wetenschappen, Wereldwijde uitdagingen en Europees industrieel concurrentievermogen en Innovatief Europa. Daarnaast bevat het programma ook nog een horizontaal deel met maatregelen om de lidstaten te ondersteunen om optimaal gebruik te maken van hun nationale onderzoeks- en innovatiepotentieel en de Europese onderzoeksruimte te versterken.

Welke soort acties:

Eerste pijler: Excellente wetenschappen

De drie onderdelen van de eerste pijler zijn:

  • Europese Onderzoeksraad (ERC): subsidies voor talentvolle en creatieve individuele onderzoekers en hun team om grensverleggend onderzoek te doen. Alle onderzoeksdomeinen komen in aanmerking. De combinatie van verschillende domeinen is essentieel. Alle nationaliteiten komen in aanmerking, maar het onderzoek moet wel in een van de lidstaten of geassocieerde landen plaatsvinden.
  • Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA): de nadruk ligt op mobiliteit, carrièreontwikkeling en opleidingen van onderzoekers. Alle onderzoeksdomeinen komen in aanmerking. MSCA ondersteunt verschillende mogelijkheden voor (wereldwijde) uitwisseling van onderzoekers en ondersteunend personeel in dezelfde sector of tussen verschillende sectoren. Centraal staat het uitbouwen van competenties of projecten waarbij trainingen worden aangeboden aan doctorandi en postdoctorale onderzoekers voor het uitbouwen van een succesvolle carrière.
  • Onderzoeksinfrastructuur (RI): ontwikkeling, onderhoud en gebruik van pan-Europese onderzoeksinfrastructuren. Er zijn mogelijkheden voor opleidingen en uitwisseling van personeel en onderzoekers voor het gebruik en onderhoud van de infrastructuur. Coördinatie van het gebruik van deze infrastructuren tussen de verschillende lidstaten staat hoog op de prioriteitenlijst.

Tweede pijler: Wereldwijde uitdagingen en Europees industrieel concurrentievermogen

De tweede pijler focust op wereldwijde uitdagingen en bestaat uit zes clusters:

  • Gezondheid
  • Cultuur, creativiteit en een inclusieve samenleving
  • Civiele veiligheid voor de samenleving
  • Digitaal, industrie en ruimtevaart
  • Klimaat, energie en mobiliteit
  • Voeding, bio-economie, natuurlijke grondstoffen, landbouw en milieu

Het Gemeenschappelijk Centrum voor Onderzoek van de Europese Commissie (JRC) valt ook onder deze pijler.

Derde pijler: Innovatief Europa

De drie onderdelen van de derde pijler zijn:

  • Europese Innovatieraad (EIC) 
  • Europese innovatie-ecosystemen
  • Europees Instituut voor Innovatie en Technologie (EIT)

Horizontale pijler: Deelname verbreden en de Europese Onderzoeksruimte versterken

De twee onderdelen van de horizontale pijler zijn:

  • Deelname verbreden en excellentie verspreiden
  • De Europese O&I-systemen hervormen en verbeteren

Werkprogramma's

Budget

Budget 2021-2027: 95,5 miljard euro

Synergieën

Synergieën zijn mogelijk met de volgende programma's:

  • European Agricultural Guarantee Fund and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development
  • European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF)
  • European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)
  • European Social Fund Plus (ESF+)
  • Connecting Europe Facility (CEF)
  • Digital Europe Programme (DEP)
  • Single Market Programme
  • Programme for Environment and Climate Action (LIFE)
  • Erasmus Programme
  • European Space Programme
  • Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument (the ‘External Instrument’)
  • Internal Security Fund and the instrument for border management as part of the Integrated Border Management Fund
  • InvestEU Fund
  • Innovation Fund under the Emission Trading Scheme (the Innovation Fund)
  • Euratom Research and Training Programme
  • European Defence Fund
  • Individuele personen
  • Internationale organisaties
  • kmo's
  • Koepelorganisaties
  • Lokale overheden
  • Ngo's
  • Non-profit organisaties
  • Onderzoeksinstellingen
  • Private ondernemingen
  • Publieke ondernemingen
  • Regionale of bovenlokale overheden
  • Scholen
  • Universiteiten/hogescholen

Thema('s)

Digitale agenda
Ondernemingsbeleid
Energie en klimaat
Migratie
Veiligheid en defensie
Justitie en burgerschap
Milieu
Cultuur en Media
Onderzoek en Innovatie
Plattelandsbeleid
Transport
Zorg en welzijn

Info & contact

Vlaams contactpunt

NCP Flanders
E. info@ncpflanders.be | T. +32 2 550 15 65
www.ncpflanders.be 

Website Europese Commissie

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