Innovative mobile e-government applications by SMEs

Deadline: 16/12/2015 Number: INSO-9-2015
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.

Supporting SMEs efforts for the development – deployment and market replication of innovative solutions for blue growth

Deadline: 17/12/2014 Number: BG-12-2014
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[1] . 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.

Energy system

Deadline:  17/12/2014 Number:  SIE-01-2014-1
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’[1] , in particular with regard to
  • 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.
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.

ICT Innovation for Manufacturing SMEs

Deadline: 09/12/2014 Number: FoF-09-2015
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.
  1. Three areas of technologies are targeted for the Innovation actions::
–        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.

Startup weekend Sarajevo AUG 29 2014

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.

Friday

Aug 29
  • 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
 

Saturday

Aug 30
  • 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
 

Sunday

Aug 31
  • 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!
 
  http://sarajevo.startupweekend.org/

Workshop with local stakeholders and actors of innovation

In the framework of project NEXT, Regional Economic Development Agency for Sumadija and Pomoravlje – REDASP will organize the “Workshop with local stakeholders and actors of innovation ” on 29th July 2014 in Kragujevac (Serbia). The workshop will be attended by institutions and organizations from national and regional level. They will present their activities and plans in field of R&D and innovation. Participation of clusters and private sector are also expected and  this concept will strengthen cooperation among knowledge triangle.

Accelerating the uptake of nanotechnologies, advanced materials or advanced manufacturing and processing technologies by SMEs

NPM-25-2014-1 (Horizon 2020 dedicated SME Instrument – Phase 1 2014)

Link: http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/opportunities/h2020/topics/2539-nmp-25-2014-1.html#tab1 Eligible Countries: EU Member States, The Countries Associated to Horizon 2020, Developing countries as in the following link: 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 2020. Main objective: Enhancing profitability and growth performance of SMEs by combining and transferring new and existing knowledge into innovative, disruptive and competitive solutions seizing European and global business opportunities. Market uptake and distribution of innovations tackling the commercial uptake of nanotechnologies, advanced materials and advanced production technologies in a sustainable way. Increase of private investment in innovation, notably leverage of private co-investor and/or follow-up investments. The expected impact should be clearly described in qualitative and quantitative terms (e.g. on turnover, employment, market seize, IP management, sales, return on investment and profit).

Disruptive Innovation Scheme (implemented through the SME instrument) Identifier: ICT-37-2014-1

Work Programme: Type: Call for Proposals Link: http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/opportunities/h2020/topics/2538-ict-37-2014-1.html#tab2 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 challenge is to provide support to a large set of early stage high risk innovative SMEs in the ICT sector. Focus will be on SME proposing innovative ICT concept, product and service applying new sets of rules, values and models which ultimately disrupt existing markets. The objective of the Open Disruptive Innovation (ODI) is threefold: Nurture promising innovative and disruptive ideas; Support their prototyping, validation and demonstration in real world conditions; Help for wider deployment or market uptake. Proposed projects should have a potential for disruptive innovation and fast market up-take in ICT. In particular it will be interesting for entrepreneurs and young innovative companies that are looking for swift support to their innovative ideas. The ODI objective will support the validation, fast prototyping and demonstration of disruptive innovation bearing a strong EU dimension. 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: 4.50 € million Type of financing: reimbursement in form of lump sum Deadline: 2014-09-24 17:00:00 (Brussels local time)

SME Instrument (Space) Identifier: H2020-SPACE-2014-1

Work Programme: Link: http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/opportunities/h2020/topics/2537-space-sme-2014-1.html 

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)