четверг, 31 декабря 2015 г.

SME Instrument: Overview topics for 2016/2017

SME Instrument: Overview topics for 2016/2017
Kristina Kočet Hudrap
Horizon 2020 * EU funds * CEO Tiko Pro d.o.o.
  1. Engaging SMEs in security research and development:
-       Fighting crime, illegal trafficking and terrorism, including understanding and tackling terrorist ideas and beliefs
-       Protecting and improving the resilience of critical infrastructures, supply chains and transport modes
-       Strengthening security through border management
-       Improving cyber security
-       Increasing Europe's resilience to crises and disasters
-       Ensuring privacy and freedom, including in the Internet, and enhancing the societal legal and ethical understanding of all areas of security, risk and management
-       Enhancing standardisation and interoperability of systems, including for emergency purposes
-       Supporting the Union's external security policies, including through conflict prevention and peace-building 
2. New business models for inclusive, innovative and reflective societies
One of the main challenges is to attract business to use public platforms to create more value as current business models do not adequately exploit the benefits of participation and collaboration with government. New ways of creating, producing, consuming, using, educating, learning, caring, moving and living are emerging in European cities. New ways of exploiting tangible and intangible cultural heritage are made possible. News ways of creating innovative public services, using open data and open public services provide new business opportunities. 
3. Boosting the potential of small businesses in the areas of climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials
Innovative SMEs should be supported and guided to reach and accelerate their full green growth potential. This topic is targeted at all types of eco-innovative [http://ec.europa.eu/environment/eco-innovation/index_en.htm] SMEs in all areas addressing the climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials challenge – including but not restricted to the 2016-2017 strategic priorities of systemic eco-innovation and circular economy, nature-based solutions, climate services, sustainable supply of raw materials, harnessing GEOSS Earth observation data, cultural heritage for sustainable growth, and water – focusing on SMEs showing a strong ambition to develop, grow and internationalize.  
4. Small business innovation research for Transport and Smart Cities Mobility
SMEs are pivotal for delivering the innovations needed for greater sustainable and smarter mobility, better accessibility and logistics serving business and citizens, and thus higher economic growth, in a context where the majority of population lives in urban and urbanized areas.
5. Stimulating the innovation potential of SMEs for a low carbon and efficient energy system
-       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 carbon capture and storage 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.
6. Supporting SMEs efforts for the development - deployment and market replication of innovative solutions for blue growth
The SME instrument offers financial support to SMEs with an EU dimension to put forward their most innovative ideas in the previously mentioned maritime and aquaculture/fisheries sectors with a particular focus on close-to-market solutions and potential for high growth and internationalization.
7. Stimulating the innovation potential of SMEs for sustainable and competitive agriculture, forestry, agro-food and bio-based sectors
Particular attention should be given to :
  • Advancing innovations in Integrated Pest Management
  • Resource-efficient eco-innovative food production and processing
  • Reduction of food losses and waste on farm and along the value-chain
  • Creating added value from waste and by-products generated on farm and along the value-chain
8. Supporting innovative SMEs in the healthcare biotechnology sector
Cell technologies include cell manufacturing (culture, multiplication, scale-up and automation), preservation, banking and transport; identification, cell sorting and delivery, imaging, tracking, process and quality control; genetic engineering and gene editing; production of therapeutic biomolecules. The medical applications of cell technologies include diagnostics and biosensors; cell and gene therapy, tissue engineering, bio-artificial organs, hematology, immunotherapy, and vaccine and antibody production; predictive toxicology, synthetic biology, and modeling development and disease processes. 
9. Engaging SMEs in space research and development
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.
10. Dedicated support to biotechnology SMEs closing the gap from lab to market
These SMEs are characterised by their research intensity and long lead times between early technological development and market introduction. They therefore need to be supported to overcome the so-called “valley of death”. SMEs working in the field of industrial biotechnology and ideas/concepts involving the use of systems and/or synthetic biology are particularly invited to apply for funding.
11. Accelerating the uptake of nanotechnologies advanced materials or advanced manufacturing and processing technologies by SMEs
Research results should be taken up by industry, harvesting the hitherto untapped potential of nanotechnologies, advanced materials and advanced manufacturing and processing technologies. The goal is to create added value by creatively combining existing research results with other necessary elements [http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/policies/innovation/files/swd-2012-458_en.pdf .], to transfer results across sectors where applicable, to accelerate innovation and eventually create profit or other benefits. The research should bring the technology and production to industrial readiness and maturity for commercialization after the project.
12. Open Disruptive Innovation Scheme
The challenge is to provide support to a large set of high risk innovative Startups and SMEs in the ICT sector. Focus will be on companies proposing disruptive ICT concepts, products and services applying new sets of rules, values and models which ultimately create new markets (e.g. by tackling non consumption) or disrupt existing markets.
The objective of the ODI is threefold:
  1. Nurture promising innovative and disruptive ideas;
  2. Support their prototyping, validation and demonstration in real world conditions;
  3. Help for wider deployment or market uptake.

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