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The EIC SME Instrument New Work Programme = new possibilities

With the introduction of the new Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2018-2020, the SME Instrument funding scheme has undergone several important changes. In this article you will learn what is new.

Help them feed us

Food security is one of the global challenges which affects us all. According to the World Bank our food demand is projected to rise by at least 20 percent globally over the next 15 years.

Biopharmaceuticals: New frontier

A biopharmaceutical, also known as a biologic(al) medical product, biological, or biologic, is any pharmaceutical drug product manufactured in, extracted from, or semi-synthesised from biological sources.

Laser-like focus on return on capital? A revamped project selection procedure

The SME Instrument is a highly competitive programme with a limited budget. Convincing the experts evaluators about your idea is a very demanding task (only a few percent of projects receive a grant)

Orphan privilege

This is the perfect time to apply for funding for the development of orphan therapies. In this article you will learn about orphan drugs and where to find EU grants to finance research that specifically targets treatment of rare diseases.

All-stars Team

Research shows that R&D projects are becoming increasingly complex, owing to, for example, cross-functional teams, globalization and shorter product life cycles.

Seal of Excellence – a consolation prize or a real deal?

Even if the SME Instrument application only resulted in a Seal of Excellence (SoE) it is important to remember the following. As long as there is a true innovative core and a significant business potential in the project, there is a variety...

Twinkle, twinkle little star…

Planets, stars and galaxies have always fascinated human imagination but only recent generations can boast about living in the Age of Space.

Importance of Funding

The impact of innovation is visible in many aspects of life – but what ensures that innovative ideas can become realities? Funding.

BREXIT – Impact on Horizon 2020

“We are leaving the European Union, but we are not leaving Europe - and we want to remain committed partners and allies to our friends across the continent.” – Theresa May.

SME Instrument and Life Science – are they compatible with each other?

SME Instrument is a fantastic funding opportunity for small and medium-sized companies from a variety of fields and industries.

The proposal is submitted. What happens now?

After a long period of intensive work, the proposal is finally sent to the European Commission. A feeling of relief, soon to be replaced by many questions.

Let’s avoid black holes, Okay?

When I finished my studies, I felt an irresistible desire to get to know the world a little better.

Competition is key: This is how to do a proper market analysis

To win the bid in the H2020 SME Instrument you need to compete. By competing, I mean preparing the perfect proposal, one which will help you “beat the competition”.

What most companies miss in their projects

Almost without exception, clients are always a backer of their own idea and hence their worst reviewer. Therefore, writing a project is a struggle between two opposite points of view.

Here’s how to categorize innovation

The word “Innovation” comes with many names. In today’s technology-driven world, it is probably one of the most overused terms describing a product, service, process, or any other phenomenon that appears to be new for a given set of stakeholders.

Before you make the decision to apply

Getting an application granted within the SME instrument means receiving huge amounts of money and gaining a lot of prestige. It is therefore no wonder that so many SMEs want to apply and try their luck.

Innovation Management: How to manage Innovations

That one eureka moment, which gives birth to a truly innovative idea, is a rare phenomenon. An Idea with the potential to disrupt the status quo.

Dissemination & communication: Hear me roar!

Seen from a wider perspective, neglecting dissemination & communication activities seems to be an inherent streak of SMEs

Who is evaluating the proposals

In an almost Eurovision song contest-like manner, there is a table listing all the countries affiliated with the evaluators.