Research and Innovation Actions
Action primarily consisting of activities aiming to establish new knowledge and/or to explore the feasibility of a new or improved technology, product, process, service or solution. For this purpose they may include basic and applied research, technology development and integration, testing and validation on a small-scale prototype in a laboratory or simulated environment. Projects may contain closely connected but limited demonstration or pilot activities aiming to show technical feasibility in a near to operational environment. [EU co-financing of up to 100 per cent plus 25 per cent indirect costs].
Collaborative transnational projects of activities closer to the market, directly aiming at producing plans and arrangements or designs for new, altered or improved products, processes or services. This may include demonstration or piloting to validate technical and economic viability of a new or improved technology, product, process, service or solution in an operational (or near to operational) environment. Market replication, i.e. support for the first application or deployment in the market of an already demonstrated innovation, is also supported. [EU co-financing of up to 70 per cent – or 100 per cent for not-for-profit activities – plus 25 per cent indirect costs]
Coordination and support Actions
‘Accompanying measures’ (i.e. not undertaking research or delivering innovation per se) 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. Complementary activities of networking and coordination between programmes in different countries may also be included
Support and capacity-building for individual SMEs or consortia of small firms with international ambition, covering their different needs throughout any/all of three sequential phases of the innovation cycle, to transform innovative ideas into marketable products and services: o ‘Phase 1’ (proof-of-concept) (6 months): Explore the scientific or technological feasibility and commercial potential of a new idea in order to develop an innovation project, with the help of a ˆ50,000 grant, plus mentoring support. o ‘Phase 2’ (development and demonstration) (12-24 months): Further development of sound, ground-breaking ideas, for whom a solid business plan has been devised, into market-ready products, services or processes, with the help of a grant in the order of ˆ500,000 to ˆ2.5 million. o ‘Phase 3’ (go-to-market): Additional non-grant EU support to enter the market successfully, including financing advice. 6 of the 7 ‘Societal Challenges’ and aspects of the ‘LEIT’ part of the ‘Industrial Leadership’ pillar will apply the dedicated ‘SME Instrument’ and allocate an appropriate amount to it
Support for the preparation, establishment of networking structures, design, implementation and coordination of public-private partnerships to pool financial resources from participating national (or regional) research programme activities and to implement joint transnational research and innovation project calls across/between participating programmes with a top-up of EU co-funding. [EU co-financing of up to 33 per cent].