An attractive option for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to participate in a funding programme is the SME Instrument Phase 2, which is now called EIC Accelerator. If your company has already applied to an SME Instrument Phase 2 prior to June 5, you won’t be affected by changes in the programme, but managing your project can still be challenging. With our new grant finance support service (gfs), we are happy to support you in all financial matters related to your SME Instrument Phase 2 project.
Last week, the British Prime Minister made an announcement which included a mention on the UK’s immediate future in Horizon 2020.
For 2020, there is still a total of €403 million funding available for Transport across 27 call topics.
For the past twelve years the European Commission has been supporting thousands of young researchers for doctoral training across Europe. Early Stage Researchers (ESRs), to use these researchers’ official description, are being trained through Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action (MSCA) Innovative Training Networks (ITNs), a longstanding funding scheme of the Horizon 2020 programme. ITNs are a collaboration, also known as training networks, between academic and non-academic (often referred to as simply industry) institutions.
Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials are a priority of the final Horizon 2020 Work Programme. We’ve compiled all the necessary information into an easy-to-understand infographic.
In our previous blog, we talked about what to expect from an ITN check-meeting and what has changed from the former mid-term review meeting. In this blog we now share some experiences from recent check-meetings we have participated in.
To help you get an overview of the upcoming Horizon 2020 energy calls, we’ve listed the upcoming topics in our popular infographic format.
For Innovative Training Networks (ITNs), the Project Officer who manages the project on behalf of the European Commission and the Research Executive Agency (REA), has to review your project in a so called check-meeting in order to assess its progress. Learn what you can expect from this meeting in this blog and what we have experienced so far in a next blog to come soon.
As an SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) you have the possibility to become project leader of a EUREKA Eurostars project and benefit from this funding opportunity’s many advantages, from the application to the finish line.
As Horizon 2020 is slowly coming to a close, the European Commission (EC) is publishing the final call details. To summarise these we’ve created a straightforward and easy to understand infographic on upcoming health call deadlines.
We caught up with a client we’ve been able to help using the tools developed for the strategic grant planning service.
While the end of Horizon 2020 is approaching fast and the successor Horizon Europe already in sight, there are still more than 30 calls opening in the upcoming year. In order to help you keeping track of all these possibilities, we’ve once again gone over the available documents for an updated version of our popular infographic. Download the ICT calls 2020 infographic here.
The Information and Communication Technologies Work Programme, also known as ICT to anyone working on Horizon 2020 projects, aims to underpin innovation and competitiveness across a broad range of private and public markets and sectors.
We have been waiting eagerly for the publication of the Innovative Training Networks (ITN) 2019 evaluation results.
Though the EC provides a definition of ITN key terms in the Guide for Applicants (GfA) and the Work Programme, we at accelopment have experienced that some of the definitions are a bit cryptic and not thoroughly explained for ITN beginners.
In a nutshell, Cluster Events are a great networking opportunity for an interdisciplinary community and can help boost the dissemination and knowledge exchange for the benefit of all participating parties.
There are two opportunities for funding coming up as part of FET Open later this year: A Research and Innovation Action and a Coordination and Support Action.
The Eurostars funding programme offers two deadlines, so called cut-off dates, per year. While the spring deadline has just passed on February 28, the autumn deadline on September 12, 2019 (cut-off 12) will give you now time to develop your project idea further, find the perfect partners and work on your proposal.
Horizon 2020 has another two years before it will be succeeded by the next European framework programme, Horizon Europe. We are taking a look back at the key facts and figures of Horizon 2020.
ITN submissions have, for the first time since the inception of the programme, decreased for two successive years.
We have set out to answer one of the questions that has been on the mind of every proposal writer in Horizon 2020: What is the ideal Horizon 2020 consortium?
With over 700 proposals submitted in 2018 alone, the number of submissions more than doubled compared to the previous year.
In order to help you keeping track of all these possibilities, we’ve once again gone over the available documents for an updated version of our popular infographic.
We have once again followed up on a previous infographic and have created a new one with up-to-date information and facts and figures on the upcoming Horizon 2020 call topics in the ICT field.
Calculating the success rates based on the number of above-threshold proposals would better reflect the chances of high quality and well formulated proposals.
Facts to consider
For most project teams in research and innovation actions, Communication, Dissemination and Exploitation measures are a necessary evil of getting funding. Consequently, the activities planned in these areas are often the result of last minute efforts lacking clearly defined targets and outputs.
Wearable robots, also often referred to as (powered) exoskeletons, are seen as human-assisting technologies. The industry of wearable robots is expanding at a rapid pace: In 2016 it made over $16 billion.
A busy schedule and limited resources shouldn’t limit researchers when searching for the right funding scheme.
We firmly believe that with careful planning, a high quality short proposal proposal can still be prepared in the time remaining.
National funding rules for SMEs, ceiling amounts and budget-balancing between project partners.
The Eurostars website offers not only a lot of information on how to apply for funding but also a portal to complete the proposal directly online. Although this might have many advantages such as a clear given structure, character limitation in the text fields and a validation system to make sure no part has been forgotten, it also has its disadvantages. Since the application forms are only accessible online it can be more of a challenge for a consortium to work on the proposal simultaneously, or to keep an overview of what they have been writing so far due to the small text fields.
We advise you one-to-one and will let you leave the workshop without any questions unanswered.
With the increased budget, we predicted the success rate to increase. Unfortunately, we were wrong. To get a broader understanding on how this situation came to be we’ve spent the past days diving into spreadsheets and analysing the numbers.
The successful acquisition of public funding for research and innovation is a key factor not only in the career development of talented young scientists but also for those with a track record. Public funding can also be essential for innovative product development in companies, be it SMEs or larger enterprises in any industry. However, researchers and innovators hardly have time to go through thousands of funding opportunities offered by the EU and public institutions at the national level and identify a scheme that meets their specific requirements.
Many proposals with scores well into the 80s and 90s will not be receiving funding. At this point many high-scorers will be thinking of a resubmission for the ITN deadline 2019.
Have 60 fewer proposals had any influence on this year’s success rate? Read on to find out.
We’ve compiled a short comparison of the two funding programmes.
We’ve compiled an FAQ on the key questions researchers often ask before writing the stage 2 proposal.
Since 2014 there have been a total of 2,747 proposals submitted and 801 projects funded under EUREKA Eurostars. That means that nearly a third of all proposals have received funding; a much higher success-rate than in most Horizon 2020 instruments.
To help you get started, we’ve created a short but informative guide the “The Business Case” in Eurostars proposals.
With the 2018 Call for Proposals recently opening, there is a total of €150 million funding available for Research and Innovation Actions (RIAs), Innovation Actions (IAs) and Coordination and Support Actions (CSAs).
Only the full association of Switzerland as of 1 January 2017 had enabled Swiss SMEs to fully benefit from Horizon 2020’s SME Instrument programme.
Learn about the cash flow in Horizon 2020 projects, the risks for participating SMEs and how to avoid them.
As the second stage for many calls slowly approaches, we want to point out what proposers to the stage-2 deadline need to know to give them the best chance of succeeding.
While it is too late to submit a proposal for cut-off 9, researchers who have just missed the deadline should start thinking about how to improve their proposal.
A look back at the last 10 years.
The change from CTI/KTI to Innosuisse is more than just a rebranding.
We are excited to find out, what this year’s Calls for Proposals have in stall for you.
Though the funding for Horizon 2020 calls might look more alluring, the alternatives often have a higher success rate and represent an excellent opportunity to get your innovation project funded.
For the coming two years, the entire Health budget has been more than doubled when compared to the previous period.
The European Innovation Council pilot brings radical changes into the Horizon 2020 SME instrument for close-to-market and scale-up projects.
To help you get an overview, we’ve listed the upcoming topics in a new Energy infographic.
Regardless if you are new to EU funding programmes or an experienced proposal writer, identifying the best suitable H2020 scheme.
With more than 25 years of experience in proposal writing for European funding programmes, we would like to share a few tips what we think are helpful to keep in mind while writing a project proposal.
With the new FET-Open calls, the European Commission confirm its commitment to support the most creative and forward thinking researchers.
We have once again followed up on a previous infographic and have created a new one with up-to-date information on the upcoming Horizon 2020 call topics in the ICT field.
Because we’ve already had access to the drafts for some months now, there aren’t many big surprises in store, however there are a few things we’d like to discuss in today’s article.
Calls for proposals are being opened in rapid succession. Last week it was the ITN-2018 call and this week has started with the opening of NMBP calls.
The ITN-2018 call for proposals opened today and in order to prepare ourselves for the upcoming months we’ve had a look at the past years to find the crucial success factors for a successfully funded proposal.
With the new website structure we’re bringing our range of services to the forefront, giving you a better overview over what we offer.
With the upcoming Work Programmes, the Horizon 2020 information days (and weeks) will have an added significance.
Joint Technology Initiatives (JTI) are a great opportunity for European companies to accelerate their product development and for research organisations to transfer knowledge to industry.
The European Commission published the “Strategic Programme Overarching Document” concerning the upcoming Horizon 2020 Work Programmes earlier this year.
The Universities and Science Minister Jo Johnson have now sought to calm some of the fears in the research community.
Are you looking for a new challenge in the area of scientific communications? Update your CV and head over to our Jobs site to get the full details.
We could once again beat the average proposal and almost two thirds of “our” ETN proposals were successful and were invited to grant preparation.
There are two upcoming cut-off dates in the Eurostars-2 programme: 14th September 2017 and 1st March 2018.
We have created the ETN Starting Guide - an infographic on how to get your ESR on the way.
Since we felt the numbers didn’t reveal much information, we’ve had a look at them, run some calculations and will detail our observations in this post.
Now that we’ve read about what it takes to find ESRs and how to get them signed up it’s time for the next step: The starting phase. A few things we’re going to mention might seem arbitrary, for instance collecting contact details. However, it’s the small things that get easily forgotten during the lifetime of a multi-year project, but it’s often the details that make the difference.
Once the ESRs have been successfully recruited, it’s time to get their contracts prepared and signed. Employing an ESR requires slightly more paperwork in comparison to other jobs. However, the extra work required isn’t something that should deter any potential employers, after all it’s all part of the project. In this post we will be looking at the contract needed to be put in place to get your ESR started and what shouldn’t be forgotten when employing an ESR.
After giving you a good overview of the individual subjects in previous articles we are now continuing with our Starting Guide series to offer you some more concrete help with your projects. In this three-part-series we will be giving you tips on how to manage your projects in regard to the ESRs, starting with the recruitment process.
The definition of an ESR is rather short: “ESRs shall, at the time of recruitment by the host organisation, be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree.”
Today we’ve picked one of the five MSCA schemes for a closer examination: Innovative Training Networks.
In this article we’ll be looking at what an MSCA is and go through the different types of MSCAs.
We have previously written about two-stage topics in both the NMBT (Nanotechnologies, Advanced Materials, Biotechnology and Production) and PM (Personalised Medicine) calls. These weren’t the only topics we’ve found with a two-stage submission scheme entering the second stage.
Internally we are aware of what it takes to uphold the certification and how it influences our daily work life, but because a large number of our clients and partners are either scientists or researchers, we often feel that the benefits they receive by working with a certified company aren’t perceived.
The workload for preparing a full proposal is also not to be underestimated and this is where accelopment’s offered services help.
Switzerland is now fully associated to the entire Horizon 2020.
The Common Exploitation Booster is a new service offered by the European Commission. accelopment is among the first who use the service for one of our projects.
Today we would like to invite you to take a look behind the scenes and talk about the people who eventually will evaluate (or have evaluated) your proposal.
With Eurostars companies of any sector or industry can propose research, development and innovation projects in any area.
Many minor changes and a few worth your attention.
Renewable energy technologies, Heating and cooling, Buildings and Industry, services and products – all in our Energy infographic.
We’ve written extensively about the Eurostars programme in the past and to anyone interested in the subject there’s an interesting event coming up on 12th October. It will take place at the Amsterdam Arena in Amsterdam and is organised by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency, together with the EUREKA Secretariat and Enterprise Europe Network. The focus of this event will be the Eurostars programme.
There are four upcoming Health call deadlines we are focusing on in this infographic on Horizon 2020 Health calls.
Big Data, Robotics, Future Internet and Cloud Computing: Find it all in our new infographic on ICT calls.
The ICT Proposers’ Day 2016 will kick off in about a month’s time, on the 26th September, in Bratislava, Slovakia.
There have been some changes made to the Horizon 2020 Model Grant Agreement (MGA).
The Horizon 2020 Information Day on the Research Public-Private Partnerships will take place on the 14th October 2016 in Brussels, Belgium.
Dr Jeanette Müller will be attending the Factories of the Future Conference 2016.
A new explainer page to guide you through the Horizon 2020 acronyms.
After the success of several workshops on EU proposal writing at renowned Irish and UK universities and based on the positive experience from the company days (firmensprechtage in German) it is long overdue that accelopment officially defines its tried and tested concept of individualised funding advice to scientists at universities across Europe. We are therefore excited to introduce one-two-grant.
ITN 2016 results are out, with good news for accelopment.
This year's Horizon 2020 FET Open call is still open until the 11th May 2016!
Find out what it takes for your Eurostars proposal to be successful.
We are delighted to reveal that OPTO-BRAIN, a project on which accelopment is subcontractor for project-administration, has been selected as a winner of the prestigious EUREKA Innovation Award 2015/2016. The award will be handed to Emanuela Keller, the President of the Board of Directors from NeMoDevices AG.
As expected, the number of ITN submissions has increased, although the increase was not as pronounced as anticipated.
At accelopment we have always shown a special interest towards research in renewable and sustainable energy technologies, which is why we are happy to be involved in many projects in this growing and highly innovative field. The most recently approved Horizon 2020 projects we are supporting are:
As of 14 October 2015, there are 53 new funding opportunities for researchers, developers and innovators: The EC has published new calls for proposals in all three pillars of Horizon 2020 (Excellent Science, Industrial Leadership, Societal Challenges) which are now open for submission. Several billion euro are available for different types of projects, including Research and Innovation Actions, more applied Innovation Actions and Coordination and Support Actions.
The European Commission has now published the new template for clinical trials in Horizon 2020 health calls.
accelopment has successfully supported the preparation of the H2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Training Network EXCILIGHT.
Here at accelopment we pride ourselves for being on the cutting edge when it comes to helping our partners with technologies. In this example we would like to explain how we use Adobe ConnectTM for training purposes. Adobe ConnectTM enables us to host virtual meetings whenever, and from wherever, we want. Having this possibility is essential when working on an international project. We have expanded our usage to more than just meetings and have used our tools to create a virtual training series.
We are pleased to announce, that accelopment AG has been successfully re-certified by the Swiss Association for Quality and Management Systems (SQS).
We’ve recently had the first official Supporting LIFE (SL) report to the European Comission approved with no changes.
Update: With the workshop now over, we are happy to announce that it has succeeded our expectations. The presentation was fully booked well before the actual day.
More than two years have passed, since the accelopment supported UNION project kicked off and the project is still going strongly. The project was recently reviewed by the Project Coordinator and the Project Officer and it is living up to its task. Before we get into the details of the report, let me explain, what the project is all about:
The accelopment H2020 infographic gives an overview of the relevant facts for the most common project types in Horizon 2020.
The short animated EAGLE video, created by accelopment, gives an entertaining introduction to the FP7 project EAGLE.
High interest in consultations with Jeanette Mueller of the participants at the Dairycare conference in Cordoba, 3- 4 March 2015.
The number of submitted ITN proposals for the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks (ITN) call 2015 increased by 35% compared to 2014.
ClickGene – „Click Chemistry for Future Gene Therapies to Benefit Citizens, Researches and Industry“: Kick-off meeting of the Horizon 2020 ITN in Munich.
Have you already applied for a Horizon 2020 ITN call? Read our list of 8 changes that you need to take into account if you write a proposal for the current call (H2020-MSCA-ITN-2015).
accelopment successfully supported the preparation of a Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network, called ClickGene
Dr Jeanette Müller to hold a two-day workshop ‘EU Projects: From Proposal Writing to Project Management’ at the University College Cork 22/23 August.
The ICT Proposers' Day will take place in Florence (Italy) from 9-10 October 2014.
accelopment provides you with factsheets that show relevant information on available funding programmes at a glance.
The Swiss Federal Council has published interim measures for the role of Switzerland within the research framework Horizon 2020.
Dr Jeanette Müller will be giving a two day workshop on Horizon 2020 proposal writing and project participation.
accelopment successfully supported the preparation of a COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) Action called NEOH – “Network for Evaluation of One Health”.
The final PROVE meeting has taken place in Sofia from 29 - 31 May 2014.
Our new project dissemination website is now online!
The new page provides a better overview of the dissemination tasks completed by accelopment during current and past projects. These include Factsheets, Websites, Newsletters, Press Articles, Videos and Social Media. The new design shows the results of these activities at one glance. By clicking on the categories on the right, the overview can be sorted according to interests, eg. so that only the factsheets are displayed. Click here to see the new page.
The EU research funds for Switzerland have been frozen as a result of the recent Swiss vote to reduce immigration.
University College Cork (UCC), S-HELP’s coordinator, has created a project-related video.
EU Research is specialised in editing, writing and distributing articles on scientific EU-funded projects.
The Swiss newspaper 'Tages Anzeiger' published an article on the suspension of the Horizon 2020 treaty yesterday.
The State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) informs...
From 11-12 February 2014, 20 representatives of all 10 partners participated at the EAGLE kick-off meeting.
The S-HELP kick-off meeting took place in Cork, Ireland, from 6-7 February 2014.
The Robo-Mate project has been covered by various Swiss media recently.
The King Hussein Cancer Center in Jordan holds an international conference to announce the inauguration of the first ISO-compliant BioBank.
Switzerland Global Enterprise (SGE, formerly OSEC) is a renowned business network that wants to strengthen Switzerland as an economic hub.
The first Horizon 2020 calls were published on 11 December 2013.
Many calls for proposals in all three pillars of Horizon 2020 were published on 11 December 2013.
BBC News Technology published an online article about Robo-Mate.
More than 45 researchers at CIDETEC have been prepared for the upcoming calls for proposals in NMP and other Horizon 2020 LEIT programmes.
Eurostars funds innovative R&D projects to develop products, processes and services.
The first Information Days for Horizon 2020 have been announced.
KHCCBIO Consortium wins overall Prize for Best Poster in the Education & Standards category of the competition at the ESBB 2013 Biobanking Conference.
accelopment continues to provide its services to members of this Swiss manufacturing network.
The Robo-Mate kick-off meeting took place in Genoa/Italy from 5-6 September 2013. 27 people including representatives from all 12 partners attended the meeting.
On 1st of May, the Supporting LIFE project was launched.
Two FP7 projects will be launched this spring.
accelopment has been involved in the following six FP7 projects that have been approved recently.
Two FP7 Initial Training Networks, REFINE and TRAIN-ASAP, and one Eurostars project, OPTO-BRAIN, all start on first of January 2012.
energie-cluster.ch and accelopment have signed a cooperation agreement
Impact of funding on SMEs in renewable energies: Study results
5 dynamic SMEs from the region of Winterthur obtained information on funding opportunities for their companies
The MAXCOAT project aims to Successful development of new cell culture vessels for biological laboratories.
On the 1st of February 2010, the FP7 project RICHE was launched.
On 1 December 2009 the initial training network SYSWIND is launched.
The 1 November 2009 is the starting date for the cooperation project HEALING
In July 2009, accelopment was successfully audited on for ISO 9001 by the Swiss Association for Quality and Management Systems (SQS).
More than 50 managers representing some of the most renown Swiss companies participated in the prestigeous event
Also this year, accelopment successfully implemented workshops at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences.
accelopment is now listed in the Pool of Experts, an online database by Switzerland`s leading business network Osec.
Successful start of our strategic collaboration with the Swiss ITS Industrie- und Technozentrum Schaffhausen
Nine project partners and accelopment participated in the kick-off meeting of the FP7 project DERREG in Brussels on 15th/16th January 2009.
Optimising processes - Increasing efficiency - Ensuring high quality!
Twelve project partners including accelopment participated in the kick-off meeting of the FP7 project PILGRIM in Brussels on 5th/6th November 2008.
Well-known companies consider accelopment as a success story.