Work Programme 2018-2020: what's new for SME Instrument and FTI?

As of November 2018, the SME Instrument and Fast Track to Innovation (FTI) have become the central part of the European Innovation Council (EIC), which has meant several changes for SME Instrument specifically. These modifications are as follows: - Full bottom-up selection approach: the removal of pre-defined topics -as foreseen in previous Work Programmes- shall help foster the process of developing market-creating innovations, by linking different technologies, industry sectors and scientific disciplines, of different domains. - Revision of the submission forms, to simplify the submission process and to adopt a more business-friendly language. - Pool of Expert-Evaluators: the number of exp

H2020 success rate: top-five countries

H2020, the biggest EU research and innovation funding programme ever, is facing its last three years (2018, 2019 and 2020) before it comes to an end and is substituted by upcoming FP9. The vast majority of this funding is allocated on the basis of competitive calls which are open to applications from researchers, businesses and other interested organisations located in any of the EU States or associated third countries. So far, country participation has been high and the specific success rates have varied depending on the participant country. Considering H2020 from the start and all EU financial contribution, top-five countries in terms of succes rate have been Belgium (17,20%), France (17,0

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