I’m once again involved in writing two Horizon 2020 proposals. One of them is for the “SME-instrument” where a single SME can apply
The SME-instrument offers support for the commercialisation of innovations that are fairly close to market. A phase-1 project is a feasibility study, where the EC will give a lump sum of EUR 50k to conduct a (commercial) feasibility study and come up with a detailed business plan. In phase-2 this business plan can be further developed through prototyping, operational validation etc. An SME does not have to do a phase-1 project but can directly apply for phase-2 if they have a detailed business plan. In phase-2, 70% of the eligible cost are funded by the EC—which is a pretty good deal.
I have just been informed that a Horizon 2020 proposal I co-wrote has been positively evaluated.
The proposal I co-wrote earlier this year was one of only two proposals evaluated positively to receive funding from the 20 that were submitted for the FoF-4 call. It deals with how the ubiquitous ITC infrastructure and data-gathering that is part of the Factories-of-the-Future (Industry 4.0) concept can be utilised to improve the attractiveness of factories as a place of work for the well-trained employees the manufacturing sector needs.
The Horizon 2020 proposal I’ve been writing—submitted earlier this week—deals with improved numerical simulation tools for the behaviour of complex, composite materials.
Think about carbon-fibre reinforced car bodies, aircraft wings, or surf boards. The performance of composite parts not only depends on the constituent materials, but to a large extend on fibre/matrix structure and material interactions at the molecular scale (e.g. fibre/matrix adhesion).
As in previous years I am again working with Bax & Willems Consulting Venturing of Barcelona (a company founded by my brother Laszlo), co-writing two proposals for calls from the Horizon 2020 EU innovation programme. This initiative is a successor to the FP7 framework programmes of the past few years with a somewhat changed approach.