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Ignite your SME instrument SETsquared

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IGNITE your....European Funding Opportunities

Presenter – Alan Scrase, centre manager of SETsquared at the University of Southampton, will present about

“The new SME instrument”

Horizon 2020 provides easy access to € 2.8 Billion to SMEs to fill the gaps in funding for early-stage, Research and Innovation SMEs and accelerating the exploitation of innovations.

The new SME instrument will be a simpler and more easily accessible funding scheme for SMEs, where projects will be selected through a bottom-up approach within a given societal challenge or enabling technology of H2020.

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Ignite your SME instrument SETsquared

  1. 1. Research and Innovation SME support under HORIZON 2020 1 Alan Scrase 1st May 2014
  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. 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
  5. 5. Concept and Design
  6. 6. Why participate? Horizon 2020 • To compete among the best European companies • 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) 6
  7. 7. SME support: integrated approach Horizon 2020 SME instrument 7% Collaborative projects 13% Eurostars II Enhancing Innovation Capacity Market-driven Innovation Access to Risk Finance 20 % budgetary target in LEITs & SC 'Innovation in SMEs' 7
  8. 8. Funding Gap (range: 1-3 M€)
  9. 9. Technology Readiness Level
  10. 10. ? IDEA business coaching and complimentary services MARKET Concept & Feasibility Assessment Demonstration Market Replication Research Development Commercialisation SME window EU financial facilities Procurement SME instrument 10
  11. 11. Phase 1: Concept and feasibility assessment Phase 2: R&D, demonstration, market replication 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. Output: elaborated "Business plan 2" Input: "Business plan 2" plus description of activities under Phase 2 (~ 30 pages) 88% budget Activities: Development, prototyping, testing, piloting, miniaturisation, scaling-up, market replication, research Output: "investor-ready Business plan 3" Lump sum: 50.000 € ~ 6 months No direct funding Phase 3: Commercialisation 0.5-2.5 M€ EC funding ~ 12 to 24 months Promote instrument as quality label for successful projects Facilitate access to private finance Support via networking , training, information, addressing i.a. IP management, knowledge sharing, dissemination SME window in the EU financial facilities (debt facility and equity facility) Possible connection to Procurement 10% success 30-50% success Phase 3+coaching  2% budget
  12. 12. • 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) Main features 12
  13. 13. 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 • Draft Dates: Implementation 13 2014 2015 Phase 1 18/06/2014 24/09/2014 17/12/2014 Phase 2 09/10/2014 17/12/2014 Phase 1 18/03/2015 17/06/2015 17/09/2015 16/12/2015 Phase 2 18/03/2015 17/06/2015 17/09/2015 16/12/2015
  14. 14. 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€) 14 Implementation
  15. 15. Area Topics &Budget LEIT ICT Open Disruptive Innovation Scheme; 45 M€ per year, Estimated projects per year: 90 phase 1, 26 phase 2 LEIT Nanotechnology LEIT Advanced materials &processing LEIT Advanced manufacturing Accelerating the uptake of nanotechnologies, advanced materials or advanced manufacturing and processing technologies by SMEs 21.8 M€ (2014), 23.8 M€ (2015) Estimated projects: 43 phase 1 , 13 phase 2 (2014) 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€) Draft Topics (2014/2015)
  16. 16. Area Topics &Budget SC2 Bio-economy 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) Draft Topics (2014/2015)
  17. 17. Area Topics &Budget SC6 IIIS 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 SC7 Security 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) Total 254.82 M€ (2014) 266.97 M€ (2015) Draft Topics (2014/2015) 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%
  18. 18. The profile and competences of evaluators is highly important Market Opportunity company’s potential achieving the envisaged results Technical solution possible and better than existing ones Excellence in innovation Evaluation Commercialisation potential and economic impact Company's growth potential Plus: EU added value
  19. 19. 19 Coaching and EEN support EEN Initial Assessment Phase 1 Phase 2 Phase 3 Coaching (not part of EEN) Regional HR … SME Instrument Support for Application Support for EU project Management Support for Access to Finance Facilitation and Moderation
  20. 20. 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, 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
  21. 21. SETsquared at University of Southampton • Alan Scrase, Incubation Centre Manager a.scrase@soton.ac.uk • 07825 761 652

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