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EU funding for Eco-innovators

Overview of EU funding available for SMEs with innovations in the field of environment

You missed the EIC Accelerator “Green Deal” cut-off”? There are luckily other funding available for SMEs having developed innovations in the field of environment and who wish to bring their product to markets and to scale up. Nevertheless there are small differences between these funding streams which are shown in the table below.

Remember that:

  • Your project should be very innovative at a European Level.
  • All these funding streams are very competitive.
  • Double EU funding is not allowed. In particular, should you apply for both the EIC Accelerator and LIFE make sure that you indicate the EIC Accelerator application in your LIFE application because failing to do so could result in the rejection of your LIFE application.

 

Programme Name

LIFE Close to Market projects

Horizon 2020 EIC Accelerator

Eurostars

Next Deadline

14 July 2020 (concept note, full application in February 2021)

7/10/2020

3/09/2020

Eligible entities

Open to any legal entities

Only for for-profit SMEs

R&D-performing SME as main partner

Universities or research organisations also eligible in support

Stage of development 

LIFE should not cover Research but can cover the innovation phase (pilot and demonstration phase)

Objective is to bring the innovation to market

TRL 6 to 8 for the grant component

Equity possible for TRL higher than 8

Focus on R&D (TRL 4-7) but Market introduction must be planned within 24 months of the project’s completion

Environmental focus

Focus on Environment and Resource Efficiency, extra points for projects fitting priorities of the multi-annual work programme section 3.1.

No, Open to all sectors (Green Deal cut-off was an exception)

No, open to all sectors

Environmental Evaluation criteria

Stronger focus on the environmental impact of the project, though the potential for commercialisation is also assessed.

Focus on Excellent, Impact and Implementation, but broader impacts are assessed including the impact on the environment  

Focus on Excellent, Impact and Implementation

Partners

LIFE allows for submitting the project with or without partners (international or local) but the EU added value is assessed.  

Applying with partners is not possible any more

Need to find at least one partner in another country to cover 2 Eurostars countriesThis brokerage event aims to help you find partners.

Cofunding rate

55% per project (Partners can decide their co-funding as they wish)

70% for the grant

It is also possible to apply for equity

Depend from your country , in Brussels 15 to 70% 

Time to grant

About a year – start of Environment projects submitting for the 2020 call in Sept. 2021

5 months

4 to 7 months

Financial Capacity

Requirement concerning financial guarantee requested for private entities existing since less than 2 years (cf. p18 of the evaluation guide).

Funding for high risks high potential project.

Financial Viability Check

Support Available during the project

Dedicated support see this article

Support for beneficiaries through the Enterprise Europe Network

 Not specifically

Examples

Cf. LIFE Project Database (select "SMEs" as beneficiary types)

For instance Smart In’Air

Cf. EASME Accelerator Data Hub for instance Envirolas

cf. Eurostars website

For instance EFIRE

More information

EASME Webpage LIFE

Check p.34 of the application guide for Environment and Ressource Efficiency

EASME Webpage EIC Accelerator

Eurostars Website

For Brussels : Innoviris

Comments

Specific measures in 2020 calls because of Covid19  

A very competitive call

Intergovernmental Funding programme, funding depends from your national/regional funding agency

National Contact Points for Brussels projects

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See also this
article with a more general explanation of the distinctions between LIFE and Horizon 2020.

Brussels-based SMEs can contact

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  • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for LIFE Projects (as part of the services of the Enterprise Europe Network). 

 

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