For the 2016/ 2017 there are 13 project calls. SME participation is encouraged throughout this work programme and in particular in the priorities Industrial Leadership and Societal Challenges. Most of the guidance needed for applying the mainstream H2020 funding can be found on at www.ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/. The general steps however to apply to a call are:
Submit your proposal
- If you wish to respond to a call, you must submit a proposal before the deadline. If you are a joining member you will find additional details of the class on the Participant Portal has clear instructions to guide you through the process. The system is simpler than ever – no more paper! All proposals are submitted online.
Find your partners
- Many calls require a team of at least three partners. If you need help to identify a potential partner with particular competences, facilities or experience, use the partner search options.
Evaluation by experts
- Once the deadline has passed, all proposals are evaluated by a panel of independent specialists in their fields. The panel checks each proposal against a list of criteria to see if it should receive funding.
- Once a proposal passes the evaluation stage (five months’ duration), applicants are informed about the outcome. The European Commission then draws up a grant agreement with each participant. The grant agreement confirms what research & innovation activities will be undertaken, the project duration, budget, rates and costs, the European Commission’s contribution, all rights and obligations and more. The time limit for signing the grant agreements is generally three months.