SME support
under
HORIZON 2020

Dr Bernd Reichert
Unit "Small and Medium-Sized
Enterprises"
DG Research and Innovation

1
...
The Analysis
Outcome of impact assessments
• Less than 50% of industrial partners use the publicly funded
applied research projects str...
Funding Gap
(range: 1-3 M€)
Innovation Union Commitment n°7
Ensure stronger involvement of SME in
future EU R&I programmes
*
European Council 4 Februa...
Concept
and
Design
Horizon 2020

Why participate?
• To compete among the best European companies 
"Champions league" with only very few winn...
Horizon 2020

SME support: integrated approach
20 %
budgetary
target in
LEITs & SC
'Innovation
in SMEs'

8
SME instrument

?

Procurement

Concept &
Feasibility
Assessment

IDEA

Demonstration
Market Replication
Research
Developm...
Phase 1: Concept
and feasibility
assessment
Input: Idea/Concept:
"Business Plan 1"
(~ 10 pages)
10% budget
Activities:
Fea...
Main features

• Targeted at all types of innovative SMEs showing
a strong ambition to develop, grow and
internationalise
...
Implementation
Article 18(2) Regulation
[…] a dedicated SME instrument that is targeted at all types of
SMEs with an innov...
Implementation
Evaluation: Remote evaluation throughout the process
Suggestion to abandon consensus meetings
Long feedback...
Draft Topics
(2014/2015)
Area
LEIT ICT

Topics &Budget
Open Disruptive Innovation Scheme; 45 M€ per year,
Estimated projec...
Draft Topics
(2014/2015)
Area
SC2 Bio-economy

Topics &Budget
Resource-efficient eco-innovative food production and proces...
Draft Topics
(2014/2015)
Area
SC6 IIIS

SC7 Security

Total

Topics &Budget
 no topic in 2014
 

Innovative  mobile  e-gov...
Evaluation
The profile and competences of evaluators is highly important
Commercialisation
potential and
economic impact
M...
Coaching
and EEN support
Phase 1

Phase 2

Phase 3

Regional

EEN 

HR

Initial 
Assessment

…

Facilitation and Moderatio...
Coaching
in practice
• Voluntary coaching offered in Phase 1 and Phase 2:
 Phase 1 – 3 coaching days
 Phase 2 – 12 coach...
Thank you very much for
your attention
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  1. 1. SME support under HORIZON 2020 Dr Bernd Reichert Unit "Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises" DG Research and Innovation 1 Research and Research and Innovation Innovation
  2. 2. The Analysis
  3. 3. Outcome of impact assessments • Less than 50% of industrial partners use the publicly funded applied research projects strategically • Only about 22% of SMEs participating in EU research programs are strategic innovators • Most academics engage with industry to further their research rather than to commercialise their knowledge • Results are not exploited because projects were not designed for exploitation • There is a strong relationship between internationalisation and innovation, but SMEs are not aware of internationalisation support programmes. • The information environment of (European) R&D programmes is unattractive and repelling to SMEs
  4. 4. Funding Gap (range: 1-3 M€)
  5. 5. Innovation Union Commitment n°7 Ensure stronger involvement of SME in future EU R&I programmes * European Council 4 February 2011 Commission is invited to explore the feasibility of a Small Business Innovation Research Scheme
  6. 6. Concept and Design
  7. 7. Horizon 2020 Why participate? • To compete among the best European companies  "Champions league" with only very few winners, quality label based on a rigorous assessment • Visibility at European level • Possibility to receive business/management coaching • Networking possibility with investors and customer networks • Preferential treatment for subsequent financing (EU Financial Instruments: loan and equity facilities) 7
  8. 8. Horizon 2020 SME support: integrated approach 20 % budgetary target in LEITs & SC 'Innovation in SMEs' 8
  9. 9. SME instrument ? Procurement Concept & Feasibility Assessment IDEA Demonstration Market Replication Research Development Commercialisation business coaching and complimentary services SME window EU financial facilities MARKET 9
  10. 10. Phase 1: Concept and feasibility assessment Input: Idea/Concept: "Business Plan 1" (~ 10 pages) 10% budget Activities: Feasibility of concept Risk assessment IP regime Partner search Design study Pilot application etc. 10% success Phase 2: R&D, demonstration, market replication Phase 3: Commercialisation Input: "Business plan 2" plus description of activities under Phase 2 (~ 30 pages) 88% budget Promote instrument as quality label for successful projects Activities: Development, prototyping, testing, piloting, miniaturisation, scaling-up, market replication, research Support via networking , training, information, addressing i.a. IP management, knowledge sharing, dissemination 30-50% success Output: elaborated "Business plan 2" Output: "investorready Business plan 3" Lump sum: 50.000 € 0.5-2.5 M€ EC funding ~ 6 months ~ 12 to 24 months Facilitate access to private finance SME window in the EU financial facilities (debt facility and equity facility) Possible connection to Procurement No direct funding
  11. 11. Main features • Targeted at all types of innovative SMEs showing a strong ambition to develop, grow and internationalise • Only SMEs will be allowed to apply for funding and support • Single company support possible • No obligation for applicants to sequentially cover all three phases; each phase open to all SMEs • 70% funding (exceptions possible) 11
  12. 12. Implementation Article 18(2) Regulation […] a dedicated SME instrument that is targeted at all types of SMEs with an innovation potential, in a broad sense, shall be created under a single centralised management system and shall be implemented primarily in a bottom-up manner via a continuously open call […] • Implemented centrally by one agency (EASME) • Bottom-up approach within the frame of SC & LEIT  each SC & LEIT defines a broad topic • Continuously open call with around 4 cut-off dates per year 2014 2015 • Draft Dates: Phase 1 Phase 2 Phase 1 Phase 2 18/06/2014 09/10/2014 18/03/2015 18/03/2015 24/09/2014 17/12/2014 17/06/2015 17/06/2015 17/09/2015 17/09/2015 16/12/2015 16/12/2015 17/12/2014 12
  13. 13. Implementation Evaluation: Remote evaluation throughout the process Suggestion to abandon consensus meetings Long feedback loops ("ESRs") slow down the process Other eligibility conditions: * established in EU or associated country * one application/project (phase 1 or phase2) at a time Funding over 7 years: ca. 5,200 Phase 1 projects (fixed lump sum of 50K€) ca. 1,700 Phase 2 projects with an average size of 1.5 M€ (or 2550 of an average size of 1 M€;1250 of an average size of 2 M€) 13
  14. 14. Draft Topics (2014/2015) Area LEIT ICT Topics &Budget Open Disruptive Innovation Scheme; 45 M€ per year, Estimated projects per year: 90 phase 1, 26 phase 2 LEIT Nanotechnology Accelerating the uptake of nanotechnologies, advanced materials or advanced LEIT Advanced manufacturing and processing technologies by SMEs materials &processing 21.8 M€ (2014), 23.8 M€ (2015) LEIT Advanced Estimated projects: 43 phase 1 , 13 phase 2 (2014) manufacturing Estimated projects: 47 phase 1, 14 phase 2 (2015) LEIT Biotech SME boosting biotechnology-based industrial processes driving competitiveness and sustainability; 3.80 M€ (2014), 2.40 M€ (2015) Estimated projects: 7 phase 1, 3 phase 2 (2014) Estimated projects: 5 phase 1, 1 phase 2 (2015) LEIT Space SME innovation in space applications, 8.5 M€ (2014), 8.75 M€ (2015) Estimated projects: 17 phase 1, 5 phase 2 (2014) Estimated projects: 18 phase 1, 5 phase 2 (2015) SC1 Health Clinical validation of biomarkers and/or diagnostic medical devices (100% funding) 66.1 M€ (2014), 45 M€ (2015) Estimated projects: 132 phase 1, <38 phase 2 (2014), Estimated projects: 90 phase 1, <26 phase 2 (2015) bigger projects envisaged for phase 2 (~5 M€)
  15. 15. Draft Topics (2014/2015) Area SC2 Bio-economy Topics &Budget Resource-efficient eco-innovative food production and processing 9 M€ (2014), 17 M€ (2015) Estimated projects: 18 phase 1, 5 phase 2 (2014) Estimated projects: 34 phase 1, 10 phase 2 (2015) Supporting SMEs efforts for the development - deployment and market replication of innovative solutions for blue growth 6.8 M€ (2014), 7.4 M€ (2015) Estimated projects: 13 phase 1, 4 phase 2 (2014) Estimated projects: 15 phase 1, 4 phase 2 (2015) SC3 Energy Stimulating the innovation potential of SMEs in a low carbon and efficient energy system 33.95 M€ (2014), 37.26 M€ (2015) Estimated projects: 67 phase 1, 20 phase 2 (2014) Estimated projects: 74 phase 1, 22 phase 2 (2015) SC4 Transport Small business innovation research for Transport 35.87 M€ (2014), 38.96 M€ (2015) Estimated projects: 72 phase 1, 21 phase 2 (2014) Estimated projects: 78 phase 1, 23 phase 2 (2015) SC5 Climate Boosting the potential of small businesses for eco-innovation and a sustainable supply of raw materials; 17M€ (2014), 19 M€ (2015) Estimated projects: 34 phase 1, 10 phase 2 (2014) Estimated projects: 38 phase 1, 11 phase 2 (2015)
  16. 16. Draft Topics (2014/2015) Area SC6 IIIS SC7 Security Total Topics &Budget  no topic in 2014   Innovative  mobile  e-government  applications  by  SMEs, 4M€ (2015) Estimated projects: 8 phase 1, 2 phase 2 SME business model innovation, 11 M€ (2015) Estimated projects: 22 phase 1,  6 phase 2   Protection of urban soft targets and urban critical infrastructures  7 M€ (2014), 7.4 M€ (2015) Estimated projects: 14 phase 1,  4 phase 2 (2014) Estimated projects: 15 phase 1,  4 phase 2 (2015)   254.82 M€ (2014) 266.97 M€ (2015) Phase 2 project estimated with an average of 1.5 M€ 2014 and 2015 represent 5% of the combined budgets of these areas, this will increase over time to 7%
  17. 17. Evaluation The profile and competences of evaluators is highly important Commercialisation potential and economic impact Market Opportunity Company's growth potential company’s potential achieving the envisaged results  Excellence in innovation Technical solution  possible and better than existing ones  Plus: EU added value
  18. 18. Coaching and EEN support Phase 1 Phase 2 Phase 3 Regional EEN  HR Initial  Assessment … Facilitation and Moderation SME Instrument Coaching (not part of EEN) Support for  Application Support for EU  project Management Support for Access  to Finance 18
  19. 19. Coaching in practice • Voluntary coaching offered in Phase 1 and Phase 2:  Phase 1 – 3 coaching days  Phase 2 – 12 coaching days • Coaches  will  drive  the  performance  of  the  organization  by  working with the senior management team • Coach  suggestion  provided  by  the  EEN,  but  final  selection  by the SME • Coach  and  SME  to  decide  a  coaching  plan  in  Phase  1.  A  summary of coaching foreseen for Phase 2 will form part of  application to Phase 2 • Coaching  paid  in  addition  to  Phase  1  and  Phase  2  contribution
  20. 20. Thank you very much for your attention

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