The scope of this call is to provide support to innovative SMEs, including start-ups, for the design and creation of innovative applications, in order to foster the delivery of mobile public services.
Specific Challenge: Current societal and economic challenges as well as rising expectations to reduce the burden on users, put pressure on all public administrations to provide efficient, open and citizen-centric public services.
Due to the increased use of mobile technology as well as the increasing availability of public information, data and online services, public services can be transformed. Coupling open public data and services with information and services offered by the private sector can lead to innovative, user-friendly and personalised services that can be accessed easily.
Because of their size, knowledge and agility, SMEs are key actors for the provision of those innovative services. The “apps” market for mobile devices is a very dynamic market, which mostly lacks application specifically for the public sector. Engaging SMEs into the potentially huge public sector innovation market is a challenge for local and regional public authorities.
The scope of this action is to provide support to innovative SMEs, including start-ups, for the design and creation of innovative applications, in order to foster the delivery of mobile public services.
The aim is to help the interaction of citizens and businesses with public administrations. This may be done through the combination of public and private sector services, through mobile technologies. Although they may be first piloted in a local context – with the involvement of public administrations and end users – the solutions need to ensure replicability, also taking into account multi-lingualism and, where necessary, the cross-border dimension. Scalability and sustainability issues are to be considered.
The results of this call will enhance access to finance for SMEs for the development of innovative maritime economic activities
Specific challenge: The potential of Europe’s Oceans, seas and coasts is significant for job and growth creation if the appropriate investments in research and innovation are made. SMEs contribution to the development of the ‘Blue Growth Strategy’ (COM (2012) 494) can be significant in particular in the fields of marine biotechnology (related applications, key tools and technologies) as well as aquaculture related marine technologies and services.
However, SMEs lack access to finance to develop their activities and the economic and financial crisis has made access to finance even more difficult. This is particularly true in the previously mentioned maritime sectors, where access to finance for SMEs is considered as one of the most important barriers for the development of innovative maritime economic activities .
Scope: The SME instrument consists of three separate phases and a coaching and mentoring service for beneficiaries. Participants can apply to phase 1 with a view to applying to phase 2 at a later date, or directly to phase 2.
The SME instrument consists of three phases (i: feasibility study; ii: support for innovation projects and iii: indirect support measures and services) and a coaching and mentoring service for beneficiaries.
Specific Challenge: SMEs play a crucial role in developing resource-efficient, cost-effective and affordable technology solutions to decarbonise and make more efficient the energy system in a sustainable way. They are expected to strongly contribute to all challenges outlined in the legal base of the Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge ‘Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy’ , in particular with regard to
Scope:The SME instrument consists of three separate phases and a coaching and mentoring service for beneficiaries. Participants can apply to phase 1 with a view to applying to phase 2 at a later date, or directly to phase 2.
- Reducing energy consumption and carbon footprint by smart and sustainable use (including energy-efficient products and services as well as ‘Smart Cities and Communities’),
- Low-cost, low-carbon electricity supply (including renewable energy as well as CCS and re-use),
- Alternative fuels and mobile energy sources,
- A single, smart European electricity grid,
- New knowledge and technologies, and
- Robust decision making and public engagement.
Emerging innovative ICT technologies and processes need to be customized, integrated, tested and validated in order to strengthen European SMEs.
Specific Challenge: For Europe’s competitiveness in manufacturing, it is crucial that advances in ICT are taken up in engineering and manufacturing “at large” as soon as they have the appropriate maturity level.
Two types of innovation experiments are supported: Driven by the requirements of first-time users, Application Experiments bring together all actors of the value chain and experts necessary to equip new users with novel products or services and assist them in customising and applying these in their respective environments. In Equipment Assessment Experiments, suppliers of innovative high-tech equipment install and assess their prototypes or products in production-like environments and validate them in a manufacturing line or in an industrial environment that is very close to manufacturing conditions.
Activities are expected to be clustered in larger projects to achieve critical mass and to better exploit EU-added value. Common tasks include: targeted dissemination; management of calls for new actions; exploitation of synergies across actions.
The action may involve financial support to third parties. The consortium will define the selection process of additional users and suppliers running the experiments for which financial support will be granted (typically in the order of EUR 50 000 – 150 000 per party). Maximum 50% of the EU funding should be allocated to this purpose.
– Highly flexible and near-autonomous robotics systems (application experiments).
– HPC Cloud-based modeling, simulation and analytics services for modeling multiple interconnected phenomena;
– Integration of Cyber-Physical-System modules in manufacturing processes and process chains.
- Three areas of technologies are targeted for the Innovation actions::
This is your chance to pitch an idea, work in multidisciplinary teams and present your work not only to the judges but possibly to the whole world in just 54-hours!
Designers, developers, marketers, business enthusiasts and just enthusiasts should register now for a weekend filled business model creation, coding, designing and market validation.
Whether you launch a startup, find a cofounder, meet like-minded people, learn a new skill, you will have a head-start in the startup world.
Join us for a weekend you’ll never forget. And just a reminder – Startup Weekend Sarajevo is held completely in English. So be ready to share your business ideas, innovative new tech creations and impressive designs in English.
- 6:30pm Registration Starts
- 7:00pm Dinner & Networking
- 7:20pm Welcome & Speakers
- 7:30pm Pitches Start
- 9:00pm Attendees vote for the top ideas
- 9:15pm Teams start forming and discussing ideas
- 10:00pm Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow
- 9:00am Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
- 9:30am Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
- 12:00pm Lunch
- 1:00pm Call for needs & skills
- 2:00pm Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
- 6:30pm Dinner
- 7:30pm Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
- 10:00pm Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow
- 9:00am Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
- 10:00am Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
- 12:00pm Lunch
- 12:30pm Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
- 3:00pm Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
- 4:00pm Dinner
- 5:00pm FINAL PRESENTATIONS
- 7:30pm Judging & awards
- 8:30pm Wrapup
- 9:00pm Go home!
Eligible Countries: For the SME Instrument only applications from SMEs established in EU Members States or countries associated to Horizon 2020 as in the following link (not from developing countries): http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/data/ref/h2020/wp/2014_2015/annexes/h2020-wp1415-annex-a-countries-rules_en.pdf
Eligible partners: At least one SME. Only applications from for-profit SMEs established in EU Member States or countries associated to Horizon 20204; No concurrent submission or implementation with another phase 1 or phase 2 project.
Main objective: The specific challenge of the actions envisaged under this call could cover any aspect of the Specific Programme for Space (Horizon 2020 Framework programme and Specific programme). However, it is considered that actions in the areas of applications, especially in connection to the flagship programmes Galileo and Copernicus, spinning-in (i.e. application of terrestrial solutions to challenges in space) and the development of certain critical technologies could be adequately suited for this call
Financed actions: In phase 1, a feasibility study shall be developed verifying the technological/practical as well as economic viability of an innovation idea/concept with considerable novelty to the industry sector in which it is presented (new products, processes, design, services and technologies or new market applications of existing technologies). The activities could, for example, comprise risk assessment, market study, user involvement, Intellectual Property (IP) management, innovation strategy development, partner search, feasibility of concept and the like to establish a solid high-potential innovation proposal aligned to the enterprise strategy and with a European dimension. Bottlenecks in the ability to increase profitability of the enterprise through innovation shall be detected and analysed during phase 1 and addressed during phase 2 to increase the return in investment in innovation activities.
EU contribution per project: 50,000.00 €
Sub-call indicative budget: 0.85 € million
Type of financing: reimbursement in form of lump sum
Deadline: 2014-09-24 17:00:00 (Brussels local time)