The challenge is to help overcome the current gaps in exploitation of promising research results in ICT for Health, Well-being and Ageing well and to stimulate increased availability and market uptake of relevant ICT products and services. This concerns both interoperable and secure eHealth solutions for consumers and institutional healthcare delivery building on standards and new ICT solutions and innovation ecosystems for ageing well building on open software platforms, in order to deliver new and more efficient care to European citizens and respond to new market opportunities for SMEs.
The SME instrument consists of three phases, including a coaching and mentoring service for beneficiaries. Participants can apply to phase 1 or directly to phase 2.
A feasibility study shall be developed in order to verify 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).
Activities could, for example, comprise risk assessment, market study, user involvement, Intellectual Property (IP) management, innovation strategy development, partner research, feasibility of concept and the like to establish a solid high-potential innovation project aligned to the enterprise strategy and with a European dimension.
Funding will be providied in the fomr of a lump sum of €50,000.
Projects should last around 6 months.
Innovation projects will be supported that address the specific challenges identifies and that demonstrate high potential in terms of company competitiveness and growth underpinned by a strategic business plan. Activities should focus on innovation activities such as demonstration, testing, prototyping, piloting, scaling-up, miniatureisation, design, market replication and thelike aiming to bring an innovation idea to industrial reainess and maturity for market introduction, but may also include some research.
The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of between €0.5 and 2.5 million would allow phase 2 to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts (higher or lower).
Projects should last between 12 and 24 months.
This phase aims to increase the economic impact of the funding provided by the same SME Instrument phase 1&2 grants and by the business coaching.
Phase 3 is not subsequent to phase 1 and/or 2 but provides specific support to SME instrument beneficiaries during and after phase 1 or 2.
All support under phase 3 of the SME instrument will be accessible through a single, dedicated entry point, which will serve as an information portal and a networking space.
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