Call Identifier: H2020-FTIPilot-2015-1
Publication Date: 6/01/2015
Budget: 100,000,000 €
Deadline: 1/12/2015 17:00  Brussels local time
Cut off dates: 29.04.2015// 01.09.2015//01.12.2015
Specific Programme(s): Industrial Leadership
Theme(s): Innovation in SMEs
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The Fast Track to Innovation (FTI) pilot provides funding for bottom-up proposals for close-to-market innovation activities in any area of technology or application. This thematic openness – combined with the possibility for all kinds of innovation actors to work together and deliver innovation onto the market and/or into society – should nurture trans-disciplinary and cross-sectoral cooperation.
The aim is to:

  • reduce time from idea to market;
  • stimulate the participation of first-time applicants to EU research funding; and
  • increase private sector investment in research and innovation.
  • Frequently Asked Questions en
  • Legal basis - Framework Programme H2020 en
  • Legal basis - Rules for Participation en
  • Legal basis - Specific Programme H2020 en
  • WP H2020 - 1. Introduction en
  • WP H2020 - 5. Introduction to Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies (LEITs) en
  • WP H2020 - 19. General Annexes en
  • WP H2020 - 18.FTI en
  • Please read carefully all provisions below before the preparation of your application.

    The budget breakdown for this call is given in the call conditions section of the work programme.

    1. List of countries and applicable rules for funding: described in part A of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme. 
    2. Eligibility and admissibility conditions: described in part B and C of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme, with the following exceptions:

      At least three and maximum five legal entities can participate in a project. Each of the three shall be established in a different Member State or associated country. All three legal entities shall be independent of each other.

      At least one of the following minimum conditions shall be met:

      - at least 60% of the overall budget of the proposal must be allocated to consortium partner(s) from industry
      - the minimum number of industry participants must be 2 in a consortium of 3 or 4 partners, and 3 in a consortium of 5 partners.

      The maximum EU contribution per project is EUR 3 million.

      Proposals shall relate to any field under the specific objective 'Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies' and/or to any of the specific objectives under the priority 'Societal challenges'.

      A proposal shall include a business plan.

      Only applications involving entities all of whom are established in the EU Member States or countries associated to Horizon 2020 are eligible.
    3. Evaluation

      3.1  Evaluation criteria and procedure, scoring and threshold: described in part H of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme, with the following exceptions:

      For the criterion Excellence, if a proposal involves technological innovation, the TRL of the technology or technologies concerned is expected to be at least 6.

      Proposals will be evaluated individually when they arrive. They will be ranked after the respective cut-off dates.

      The criterion 'Impact' will be evaluated first, followed by 'Excellence' and 'Implementation'. If the proposal fails to achieve the threshold for a criterion, the evaluation of the proposal will stop.

      The threshold for the criterion 'Impact' will be 4. The overall threshold, meaning the sum of the three individual scores, will be 12.

      The final consensus score of a proposal will be the average of the individual scores of the individual evaluators. The consensus report will comprise the individual reports or key extracts from them. Where appropriate, a panel review will be organised remotely.

      3.2 Guide to the submission and evaluation process

      3.3 Specific arrangements for the evaluation of Call H2020-FTIPilot-1-2015:
      For proposals with the same score, any further prioritisation will be based on the following factors applied in the following order: value of 'Impact' criterion; size of budget allocated to SMEs; number of first-time industry applicants; number of industry participants; gender balance among the personnel named in the proposal as primarily responsible for carrying out the research and/or innovation activities.
    4. Proposal page limits and layout: Please refer to Part B of the standard proposal template.
    5. Indicative timetable for evaluation and grant agreement:
      Information on the outcome of the evaluation of the H2020-FTIPilot-1-2015 call: maximum 3 months from the final date for submission.
      Signature of grant agreements: maximum 3 months from the date of informing successful applicants.
    6. Provisions, proposal templates and evaluation forms for the type(s) of action(s) under this topic:

      Fast Track to Innovation Action:
      Proposal templates 
      Specific provisions and funding rates
      Annotated Model Grant Agreement
    7. Additional provisions:

      Horizon 2020 budget flexibility

      Classified information

      Technology readiness levels (TRL) – where a topic description refers to TRL, these definitions apply.
    8. Open access must be granted to all scientific publications resulting from Horizon 2020 actions, and proposals must refer to measures envisaged. Where relevant, proposals should also provide information on how the participants will manage the research data generated and/or collected during the project, such as details on what types of data the project will generate, whether and how this data will be exploited or made accessible for verification and re-use, and how it will be curated and preserved.

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