SMEs in FP7: “Capacities” Research for the benefit of SMEs: Objectives Bottom up approach – no thematic focus Strengthen the innovation capacities of SMEs to develop new products and markets by outsourcing of research:
Clear exploitation potential with economic benefits for the SMEs (or SME members of Associations) involved http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/capacities/research-sme_en.html Target Groups SMEs SME Associations
‘Transaction’ Principle: Outsourcing Scheme “customer-seller” Relationship Investing in Research SMEs &SME Associations RTD -Performers Results & IPR Other enterprises, End users
Research for the benefit of SMEs Special IPR-principle The default regime leaves full ownership of all project results and IPR with those who pay, i.e. the SMEs or the SME Associations. The consortium may however reach a different agreement in their own best interest, as long as the SMEs or SME associations are provided with all the rights needed for their use and dissemination of the results, and they do not pay the full costs of the RTDs.
SME Definition the size MICRO < 10 employees < €2 million turnover SMALL < 50 employees < €10 million turnover MEDIUM < 250 employees < €50 million turnover and ownership AUTONOMOUS: < 25% owned by non-SME PARTNER: 25 to 50% owned by Universities, Venture Capitalists etc LINKED: Special case for groups and subsidiaries THE SME DEFINITION DOES NOT TAKE ACCOUNT OF SME TYPES AND ACTIVITIES i.e. HIGH-TECH, LOW-TECH http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/policies/sme/files/sme_definition/sme_user_guide_en.pdf
R&D: maximum of 50 % of the total eligible costsException: SMEs, non-profit public bodies, secondary and higher education establishments and research organisations: maximum of 75 % Associations may meet the criteria for SMEs or non-profit public bodies.
Demonstration activities: maximum of 50 %
Management activities: maximum of 100 %
Other activities: maximum of 100 % (e.g. training, coordination, networking, dissemination)
Sector driven usually applying standards/regulations.
Bridging the gap between research & market
Prove viability of a new solution that offers potential economic advantage, but which cannot be directly commercialised.
Research for the Benefit of SMEs – success rates Previous SME calls - open to all research fields : 2010 = 669 proposals submitted; 660 evaluated; 132 funded; €136.84m 2011 = 946 proposals submitted across 3 activities; 907 evaluated; €204m
3 versions: EDIPAC - SMEs EDIPAFF – Associations EDI-DEMO – Demonstration (under development) Both: Created as navigable PDF versions Fictitious – written as a reference document Based on key assumptions to aid evaluation Incorporate many features of a ‘real’ project Include additional advice & guidance notes
Single stage application process: Produced in scope of guidelines issued with each call by REA - http://www.cordis.europa.eu/fp7/calls Part A – basic financial data Part B – project; contents page.. 1 Scientific / Technological Quality 2 Implementation 3 Impact 4 Ethical Issues 5 Consideration of gender aspects 6 List of References and Related Projects 7 Additional Information and support
Stated aim of the ‘typical project’ was to develop an edible packaging material for foods with the following properties: Edible (no waste) Protective, thus increasing storage time Low cost Accepted by consumers with demonstrable advantages to the environment Demonstrating innovation through the new application of an existing technology
Evaluation criteria applicable to Research for SMEs
IMPLEMENTATION “Quality and efficiency of the implementation and the management”
IMPACT “Potential impact through the development, dissemination and use of project results”
Evaluation scores awarded for each of the three criteria - no weightings applied The threshold for the "S&T Quality" and the "Implementation" individual criteria will be 3 while the threshold for the "Impact" criterion will be 4. The overall threshold, applying to the sum of the three individual scores, will be 11.
Research for SMEs – next call .. 2012 Work programme due to be ratified at the next Programme Committee meeting scheduled 14thJune 2011 Opening late July 2011 & closure date of Dec 2011 (Jan 2012) 3 activities involved in single stage calls:
the position regarding ‘economic activity’ related to the validation process for SMEs etc.
demonstrate the ‘convincing business case’ and the ‘clear benefit’ accrued to participating SMEs
Getting Support SME TechWeb:ec.europa.eu/research/sme-techweb CORDIS:http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/capacities/research-sme_en.html FP7UK: https://ktn.innovateuk.org/web/fp7uk Partner searching; model proposals http://www.ncp-sme.net/about-ncp-sme National Contact Point: Steve Bradley: Steve.Bradley@tsb.gov.uk 01302 322633 Mob: 07501 463314
Important Documents Documents and additional information about the open calls are available on the following CORDIS web pages:
‘Research for the benefit of SMEs’– specific call documentation