понедельник, 26 января 2015 г.

RegioStars Awards

RegioStars Awards

The objective of the RegioStars Awards is to identify good practices in regional development and to highlight original and innovative projects which could be attractive and inspiring to other regions.

RegioStars 2015

Launch of the 2015 RegioStars Awards

Regiostrars 2015Today marks the launch of the RegioStars Awards 2015 by the European Commission's Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy.
As in previous years, this edition of the RegioStars Awards will be putting the spotlight on the most inspiring and innovative European projects co-funded by the EU's Cohesion policy.
After being selected by an independent jury, project managers and representatives of the Managing Authorities of finalist projects will be invited to attend the RegioStars 2015 Awards Ceremony, which will take place during the 2015 Week of European Regions and Cities (OPEN DAYS).
A trophy and a "RegioStars Winner certificate" will be presented to the winning projects by EU Commissioner for Regional Policy, Corina Creţu and the President of the RegioStars Awards jury. A short video is also produced on each winning project, which can be used for promotional purposes.
The Award Categories for 2015 are:
  1. SMART GROWTH: Unleashing SME growth potential for a digital economy
  2. SUSTAINABLE GROWTH: Mobilizing investments in energy efficiency for the benefit of citizens and society
  3. INCLUSIVE GROWTH: Integrating in society those at risk of social exclusion
  4. CITYSTAR: Transforming cities for future challenges
Application forms can be filled in English, French or German. Applications should be sent by 28 February 2015 by the regional or local Managing Authority, or with the endorsement of this Managing Authority. The selected finalists will be informed by the end of May 2015. The Award ceremony itself will take place in Brussels during the OPEN DAYS on 13 October 2015. 
If you have any other questions contact us at regio-stars@ec.europa.eu .
Applicants Guide PDF deen fr
Applicants Form DOC de en fr

RegioStars 2014

In this 7th edition of RegioStars, the Jury singled out 19 shortlisted finalists from 80 projects on the basis of four key criteria: innovation, impact, sustainability and partnership. 4 projects outshined the competition: in Paredes (North Portugal), Cornwall (UK), West Wales and the Valleys (UK) and the Polish region of Gdynia.

воскресенье, 25 января 2015 г.

Критерии оценки проектных заявок в рамках программы «SME Instrument Horizon 2020»

Критерий 1 - Влияние
Оценка: (Порог: 4,00 / 5,00, вес: 100,00%)

Предложение показывает, убедительным образом, что будет спрос (рынок готов платить) на инновацию, когда продукт/ услуга вводятся на рынок
Оценка:
Целевые пользователи или группы пользователей конечного продукта / услуги, и их потребности, хорошо описаны и предложение содержит реалистическое описание того, почему определенные группы будут заинтересованы в использовании / покупке продукта / услуги, по сравнению с имеющимися доступными решениями.
Оценка:
Предложение демонстрирует очень хорошее понимание потребностей в реалистичном и соответствующем анализе рыночных условий, доступных размеров рынка и темпов роста, конкурентов и конкурентных решений и ключевых заинтересованных сторон, или включает в себя план достижения этой информации
Оценка:
В проекте описано реалистичным и соответствующим способом, каким образом инновации имеют потенциал для развития компании-заявителя
Оценка:
Предложение демонстрирует соответствие проекта с общей стратегией развития заявителя проекта и необходимого коммерческого опыта управления, в том числе понимание финансовых и организационных требований к коммерческой эксплуатации предлагаемого проекта.
Первоначальный план коммерциализации изложен и объяснено, как он будет развиваться ( внедрение собственными силами, стратегия лицензирования и т.д.)
Оценка:
Инновации / решение имеет четкий европейский аспект как в отношении коммерциализации и по отношению к конкурентным решениям
Оценка:
Предложение включает в себя реалистичное и соответствующее описание состояния стратегии защиты имеющихся знаний, необходимого "анализа свободы пользования ", и текущую ситуацию прав интеллектуальной собственности, которые могут включать в себя план для достижения этой информации. Если применимо, то и потенциал исполнения нормативных требований, касающихся использования.
Оценка:
В целом восприятие в том числе других соответствующих факторов, не охваченных выше в вопросах (25% вес в оценке этого критерий)
Оценка:

Критерий 2 - Превосходство
Оценка: (Порог: 4,00 / 5,00, вес: 100,00%)

Инновации направлены на использование новых рыночных возможностей ЕС / глобальных вызовов
Оценка:
Предложение обеспечивает реалистичное описание текущего этапа развития и добавленной стоимости инноваций, а также понимание конкурирующих решений. Включает в себя хорошее сравнение с положением дел в самых современных, известных коммерческих решениях, включая расходы, экологические выгоды, гендерный аспект, легкости в использовании и других особенностей, или включает в себя планы для получения этой информация
Примечание: В соответствии с содержанием проекта, например, гендерные исследования, клинические испытания, и т.д.
Оценка:
Цели разрабатываемого технико-экономического обоснования и методологии и мероприятий, которые будут осуществлены, согласуются с ожидаемым воздействием проекта
Оценка:
Описания ожидаемых инноваций убедительны и имеют потенциал, чтобы быть значимымми с коммерческой точки зрения. Это потенциально лучше, чем альтернативные варианты.
Оценка:
Это предложение отражает очень хорошее понимание как рисков, так и возможностей, связанных с успешным внедрением на рынок инновации, как с технической, так и коммерческой точки зрения
Оценка:
В целом восприятие в том числе других соответствующих факторов, не охваченных вышеперечисленных вопросах (25% веса в оценке этих критериев)
Оценка:

Критерий 3 - Качество и эффективность реализации
Оценка: (Порог: 4,00 / 5,00, вес: 100,00%)

Предложение показывает, что проект имеет соответствующие ресурсы (личные, технические средства, сети и т.д.), чтобы осуществить его в наиболее подходящих условиях. Если это уместно, описывает реальный путь, как ключевые заинтересованные стороны / партнеры / субподрядчики могут быть вовлечены
Оценка:
Принимая во внимание амбиции и цели проекта , предложение включает в себя реалистичные временные рамки и всеобъемлющее описание работ
Оценка:
Команда имеет соответствующие технические / научные знания / опыт управления, включая том числе хорошее понимание рыночных аспектов для конкретных инноваций. Если уместно, предложение включает в себя план по приобретению недостающих компетенций
Оценка:
В целом восприятие в том числе других соответствующих факторов, не охваченных в вышеуказанных вопросах (25% вес в оценке этого критерия)
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четверг, 22 января 2015 г.

SME Instrument: essential tips for your application

After the evaluation of the first proposals received in June 2014 we publisheda list of tips for potential applicants to the SME Instrument. These pointers received such a warm welcome that we decided to work on a new version building on the experience gained during the evaluation of around 2,500 new proposals. Some of the tips below may seem obvious but, believe us, they can make a huge difference to the success of your project!

Is the SME Instrument really for you?

Before you take a strategic decision to apply, look carefully at the objectives of the work programme and assess if your project is in line with them. In a nutshell, you need a disruptive innovation, a clear ambition to grow at EU level, a demonstrated knowledge of your target market and a convincing commercialisation plan. It is crucial that you are ready to convince on each and every one of these aspects.
You should also seek advice from National Contact Points, your local branch of theEnterprise Europe Network or other structures, such as incubators. Before meeting them, prepare a 3 minutes pitch of your project to make sure your ideas are clearly presented. If the SME Instrument is not for you, they will direct you towards other funding available at European, national or regional levels.

Write to convince evaluators to invest in your business

4 evaluators will look at different aspects of your proposal: the technology, market knowledge, commercialisation plan, and the financial angle. Each of the evaluators will look at 3 criteria: impact, excellence, and implementation. Make sure your proposal is well balanced and covers all the aspects for each evaluation criteria:
Impact: you need to demonstrate that your project will generate revenues and create jobs. Explain the market conditions and the evolution of the competition. Provide concrete and realistic figures on the market size, the market share, the sales price. Show at least 3 years of projection of sales volume, turnover and number of jobs created. Do not forget to describe your commercialisation plan. A key aspect to remember is that you have to demonstrate that your project has a European or international dimension. If it’s targeted only at a national market, it won’t be supported by the SME Instrument. The protection of intellectual property is also very important and must be explained.
Excellence: you need to convince the evaluators that your innovation is excellent, that your product, process or service is disruptive, that it has the potential to change the dynamic of the market and possibly to address a societal challenge. Show the added value of your idea and explain why it is viable and better than existing solutions.  While it's important to describe the opportunities, you must also demonstrate that youunderstand the risks.
Implementation: you need to convince the evaluators that you can make it. Don't forget that, as well as describing technical competence, you'll also need to provide information on commercial competence. Evaluators will assess the credibility of your team and of your work plan. Make sure you clearly describe how you will organise your team and, if you intend to use external partners to bring competences that you don't have in your company, explain what they will do and what they will bring. Planning is important as well: your project should fit into a realistic time frame.

Form also matters

Take time to think about a catchy title and to craft an attractive abstract. These two elements are very important as they will be the first impression the evaluators will get from your project. You have 10 pages to present your plan, use all of them (yes you can delete the hints that are inserted in the template!). Bear in mind that form matters, take the time to review and polish the language. Do not hesitate to ask your colleagues and relatives to read and comment on your proposal.
We hope that these tips will help you to prepare an excellent proposal and that you will soon join the European innovation champions league! If you have questions or remarks you can use the comments module below or get in touch with us via Twitter@H2020SME.

"Success is a science; if you have the conditions, you get the result."  - Oscar Wilde


среда, 21 января 2015 г.

Eurostars’ final evaluation: it’s time to take stock - EUREKA News - EUREKA

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Eurostars' final evaluation: it's time to take stock

date of publication > 15-January-2015

The final evaluation of the Eurostars Joint Programme for the period 2008-2013 is now available on the European Commission’s website. The evaluation was performed by an independent expert group, chaired by Ms. Makarow, vice-president of the Academy of Finland. The objective of the report was to evaluate the results of the programme during its seven-year course under FP7, and notably Eurostars’ impact on its main target group: R&D-performing SMEs.
R&D-performing SMES benefitted in the funding and support offered to them in many ways:
·         For such companies, the employment growth rate was nearly twice as high as that of similar non-funded companies. This resulted in the creation of approximately 8000 jobs;
·         the Eurostars programme also caused participating SMEs to have significantly increased innovative outputs, as measured by patent filings - 42% higher according to the report;
·         70% of the firms rated the importance of Eurostars with regard to improved management skills as medium or high;
·         Eurostars supported new partnerships between SMEs in Europe, which 90% of SMEs expect to be continued after the project and even more will be continued even if funding is not gained;
·         about 50% of the awardees stated that the Eurostars grant had high or medium importance for getting better access to external financial resources;
·         and last but not least: almost 80% of awardees indicated that the Eurostars grant had a high or medium importance with respect to increased recognition or reputation of their firm.
A total of 783 funded projects stemmed from an astounding 11,733 applicants in the programme’s 10 calls - an unexpected and blasting success for one of the first experiments in joint programming between the EU and national governments. “We expected to receive around 150 applications a year and fund around 40 projects. But we ended up with 600-700 applications and 150 projects annually!” Explains former EUREKA Chairwoman Kristin Danielsen.
The joint programme's virtual common pot has proven to work well and has provided an incentive for national governments to increase their budgets for Eurostars. Key to the operation of the programme, the speed and objectivity of its central evaluation process  is praised  by all governing and administrative bodies involved in Eurostars.
Positive for project participants, the EUREKA Secretariat, National Funding Bodies and Natrional Project Coordinators have demonstrated their willingness and ability to shorten the time-to-contract, the procedure leading to a contract on a grant between companies and public funding bodies. The average time-to-contract has gone down significantly from 458 days in cut-off 1 to 213 days in cut-off 10.
For Robert-Jan Smits, Director General Research and Innovation at the European Commission, “Eurostars is a success story of cooperation between the European Commission and EUREKA.” In fact, the success of the programme was such that the European Commission together with 34 EUREKA countries participating in the Eurostars programme committed to €1.14 billion for the funding and operations of the Eurostars-2 SME programme under Horizon 2020. A budget about three times higher than the original financial plan outlined for Eurostars under the Framework Programme Seven.
Some of the main objectives of Eurostars-2, building up on the evaluation’s recommendations, will be to continue the harmonisation and synchronisation of national rules and to further shorten ‘time-to-contract.
The two first calls of Eurostars-2 have already taken place in 2014 and the currently running call will end on 5 March 2015, allowing European R&D SMEs to continue reaping the benefits of one of the best innovation support tools currently available to them.
nal evaluation: it’s time to take stock - EUREKA News - EUREKA

четверг, 15 января 2015 г.

SME Instrument: €9 million for feasibility studies (Phase 1)

Another 199 SMEs from 25 countries, involved in 178 new projects, have been selected following the latest cut-off date for Phase 1 of the SME Instrument. For each project, the participants will receive €50,000 to finance feasibility studies. They can also request up to three days of business coaching.
For this phase, the Commission received 1,944 proposals by the second cut-off date of Phase 1 on 24 September 2014. 237 received an evaluation score above the application threshold and 75% have been selected for funding.
Together with the first selection round earlier this year, Spanish SMEs have been particularly successful in Phase 1 with 71 beneficiaries in total accepted for funding, followed by firms from Italy (58) and the UK (46).
Since the launch of the programme on 1st January 2014, 333 projects involving 361 SMEs have been selected for EU grants under Phase 1 of the SME Instrument, totalling €16.7 million. Together with Phase 2 funding, this amounts to almost €125 million so far from the SME Instrument which is on track to support innovative companies.
For a detailed breakdown of the number of beneficiaries in Phase 1 of the SME instrument per country, please see this table.
Participant Portal – lists of beneficiaries in Phase 1
Map of SME Instrument beneficiaries
Publication Date: 
Monday, 12 January, 2015 - 10:45

Horizon 2020: Energy-efficiency Call

Horizon 2020: Energy-efficiency Call

The Energy-efficiency call 2014/15 provides support for innovation through:
  • Research and demonstration of more energy-efficient technologies and solutions;
  • Market uptake measures to remove market and governance barriers by addressing financing, regulations and the improvement of skills and knowledge.
Activities extend from research to market including activities which build on the experience of the previous Intelligent Energy Europe Programme.
The funding opportunities under this call were presented at an Information Day on 12 December 2014 in Brussels. Recordings of the sessions and presentations are available online.
The Energy-efficiency call of Horizon 2020 covers the following areas:

Buildings and consumers

IDCall topicDeadlineAction typeSub-call in 2015
EE2Buildings design for new highly energy performing buildings4 Feb 2015IAH2020-EE-2015-1-PPP
EE5Increasing energy performance of existing buildings through process and organisation innovations and creating a market for deep renovation4 June 2015CSAH2020-EE-2015-3-MarketUptake
EE6Demand response in blocks of buildings4 June 2015IAH2020-EE-2015-2-RIA
EE7Enhancing the capacity of public authorities to plan and implement sustainable energy policies and measures4 June 2015CSAH2020-EE-2015-3-MarketUptake
EE9Empowering stakeholders to assist public authorities in the definition and implementation of sustainable energy policies and measures4 June 2015CSAH2020-EE-2015-3-MarketUptake
EE10Consumer engagement for sustainable energy4 June 2015CSAH2020-EE-2015-3-MarketUptake
EE11New ICT-based solutions for energy efficiency4 June 2015RIAH2020-EE-2015-2-RIA

 


Heating and cooling

IDCall topicDeadlineAction typeSub-call in 2015
EE13Technology for district heating and cooling4 June 2015RIAH2020-EE-2015-2-RIA
EE14Removing market barriers to the uptake of efficient heating and cooling solutions4 June 2015CSAH2020-EE-2015-3-MarketUptake

 


Industry and products

IDCALL TOPICDEADLINEACtion typesub-call in 2015
EE15Ensuring effective implementation of EU product efficiency legislation4 June 2015CSAH2020-EE-2015-3-MarketUptake
EE16Organisational innovation to increase energy efficiency in industry4 June 2015CSAH2020-EE-2015-3-MarketUptake
EE17Driving energy innovation through large buyer groups4 June 2015CSAH2020-EE-2015-3-MarketUptake
EE18New technologies for utilization of heat recovery in large industrial systems, considering the whole energy cycle from heat production to transformation, delivery and end use4 Feb 2015RIAH2020-EE-2015-1-PPP


Finance for sustainable energy

IDCALL TOPICDEADLINEACTION TYPESUB-CALL IN 2014
EE19Improving the finance ability and attractiveness of sustainable energy investments4 June 2015CSAH2020-EE-2015-3-MarketUptake
EE20Project development assistance for innovative bankable and aggregated sustainable energy investment schemes and projects4 June 2015PDAH2020-EE-2015-3-MarketUptake
EE21Development and market roll-out of innovative energy services and financial schemes for sustainable energy4 June 2015CSAH2020-EE-2015-3-MarketUptake


Background

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market.
In the field of energy, the Horizon 2020 Energy Challenge is designed to support the transition to a secure, clean and efficient energy system for Europe and the first Work Programme for 'Secure, clean and efficient energy' is split into three focus areas: Energy-efficiency; Low carbon technologies; and Smart Cities & Communities.
The total budget for the Energy Efficiency call amounts to approximately €100 million for 2014 and a further €100 million for 2015.

Action types

Coordination and support actions (CSA) consist primarily in accompanying measures such as standardisation, dissemination, awareness-raising and communication, networking, coordination or support services, policy dialogues and mutual learning exercises and studies, including design studies for new infrastructure and may also include complementary activities of networking and coordination between programmes in different countries. For the Energy-efficiency Call, Coordination and support actions are the type of projects previously supported under the European Union's Intelligent Energy-Europe Programme. The Horizon 2020 activities build on those. Intelligent Energy-Europe projects database
Research and Innovation Actions (RIA) are actions with Research and Development activities as the core of the project intending to establish new scientific and technical knowledge and/or explore the feasibility of a new or improved technology, product, process, service or solution:
  • may include basic and applied research, technology development and integration, testing and validation on a small-scale prototype in a laboratory or simulated environment;
  • may contain closely connected but limited demonstration or pilot activities aiming to show technical feasibility in a near to operational environment.
Project Development Assistance (PDA) facilities aim to bridge the gap between sustainable energy plans and real investment through supporting all activities necessary to prepare and mobilise investment into sustainable energy projects. These activities can include feasibility studies, stakeholder and community mobilisation, financial engineering, business plans, technical specifications and procurement procedures.
Public-private partnership (PPP) actions will strive to solve problems together with industry while focusing on the removal of existing barriers through market uptake measures in order to build capacity, provide support for sustainable energy policy implementation, mobilise financing for sustainable energy investments and foster uptake of technologies relevant for energy efficiency in buildings.

понедельник, 12 января 2015 г.

Новые темы проектов «HORIZON 2020, SME Instrument» 2015 года

В 2015 году, в рамках программы «HORIZON 2020, SME Instrument», будут вновь приниматься проекты по 11-и темам 2014 года (Информационно-коммуникационные технологии, нанотехнологии, экоинновации, низкоуглеродистые энергосистемы, безопасность, биотехнологии, космос, медицина, использование потенциала водоёмов, транспорт, сырьевые ресурсы) , в то же время добавляются две новые темы: «Инновационные мобильные приложения е-управления для Малого и среднего бизнеса» и «Бизнес-модель инновации малого и среднего бизнеса»
В рамках первой из упомянутых тем, будет оказана поддержка инновационным малым и средним предприятиям, в том числе стартапам, для разработки и создания инновационных приложений, в целях содействия предоставлению мобильных государственных услуг.
Цель состоит в том, чтобы помочь взаимодействию граждан и бизнеса с государственными органами. Это может быть сделано с помощью комбинации услуг государственного и частного секторов, с помощью мобильных технологий.
В рамках второй- поддержать проекты, которые помогут внедрить, как в традиционных отраслях, таких, например, как обрабатывающая промышленность, так и в сфере услуг, творческой индустрии, социальных предприятий, туризма, инновационные бизнес- модели, широко применяемые в крупных компаниях, в различных секторах на мировом рынке.
МСП (SME) Инструмент является ключевым элементом финансирования для малого бизнеса, доступного в рамках программы Horizon 2020 на сумму около 3 млрд € в течение семи лет, он предлагает быстрые и простые гранты для технико-экономических обоснований бизнес-инноваций (этап 1- грант 50,000.€) и демонстрационных проектов (этап 2- грант до 2.5 Млн.€). Инвестиционно-зрелые проекты могут воспользоваться поддержкой по развитию бизнеса и другими вспомогательными услугами (3 этап). Интенсивность поддержки проектов- 70%, для некоторых тем-до 100%. Прием проектов происходит непрерывно, оценка- 4 раза в году.



пятница, 9 января 2015 г.

Horizon 2020 SME Instrument beneficiaries

__TITLE__: Horizon 2020 SME Instrument beneficiaries - European Commission



http://ec.europa.eu/easme/en/horizon-2020-sme-instrument-beneficiaries

Horizon 2020 SME Instrument beneficiaries



Companies selected for funding under the SME Instrument of Horizon 2020, the EU Research and Innovation programme (updated on 09/01/2015)

воскресенье, 4 января 2015 г.

Where are the new feeding grounds of innovation? с помощью