This e-learning course is directed towards highly innovative SMEs with global ambitions and potential of high growth, which tend to create disruption in existing markets or value chains.
The training plan is (detailed programme bellow):
- SME Instrument Stage 1 – Online access to slides and study materials to get familiar with the SME Instrument, main proposal aspects, sections, preparation, submission process and evaluation criteria;
- Practical exercise (drafting a proposal) – Define a project idea and follow the templates step by step to prepare an outline proposal of your project;
- Live Proposal Tutoring (Skype) – Free: 1 hour of live feedback and tutoring on the project outline proposal of your project, and questions about the funding programme.
300 € (plus VAT if applicable)
150 € (plus VAT if applicable) for registrations of returning students
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Practical Training for SMEs, Start-ups and Entrepreneurs Preparation of proposal for the Horizon 2020 – R&D and Innovation – SME Instrument
Horizon 2020 (H2020) is a major European R&D and Innovation programme with around 80.000 million euros of funding, runs from 2014 to 2020 with focus on societal and industrial competitiveness (leadership).
This practical training will be focused on H2020 SME Instrument, a type of projects within European programs aimed at accelerating technologies, services, processes or products on the global market.
The SME Instrument covers three phases of the innovation cycle
– Phase 1: concept analysis and feasibility evaluation
– Phase 2: R&D activities, demonstration and market replication (innovation)
– Phase 3: commercialization and funding (growth and attraction of investors)
– Business Coaching funded in Phases 1 and 2
It is aimed at highly innovative SMEs with global ambitions with potential of high growth, which tend to create disruptive change in existing markets or value networks.
Part 1 – General Introduction to European R&D and Innovation programs
Welcoming and training program
Introduction to H2020 – structure and objectives
Funding Instruments in H2020 for SMEs and start-ups – rules and projects types
Part 2 – SME Instrument – introduction and structure
SME Instrument leaflet – basic information (European Commission)
SME Instrument application – high level vision
Preparation process: find call, EU login, administrative forms
Organization registration and SME validation
SME and eligibility rules
Role and enrolment as SME Instrument Mentor
Part 3 – How to prepare an application for the SME Instrument
Decision to compete, keywords, idea validation, planning, phases 1, 2 and 3 and their activities
Feasibility study examples
SME financial and budget calculation
Part B detailed preparation
SME case study of one application
Keywords full list (European Commission)
Templates (European Commission)
Part 4 – Evaluation rules and good practices
SME Evaluation process and evaluator mindset
Good practices and wrap up
Part 5 – Practical case of participants
Elaboration of high level application – draft an outline proposal – for phase 1
Feedback and questions (via Skype)
Training Materials are in English for closer proximity to the language of application and international context. All sessions will be conducted in English.
 Small and Medium Enterprise (PME)