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Lessons learned – SME instrument of Horizon 2020

(30-09-14)

The success rate was about 6 %. Austria claimed the second place. The proposals with the highest-quality were found within the ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) area. The healthcare sector was not able to fully exhaust the possibilities of the call.


The first round of the SME instrument ended on 18th June. Within the SME instrument projects can be submitted for the following three phases:


lessons learned through SME instrument 1st calls



The EU published the following preliminary results regarding the first phase:


Austria compared to other EU countries


About 2.662 proposals have been received. The success rate was about 6.2 %. The submitted proposals consisted of 2503 single company applications, 119 consortia with 2 SMEs, 34 with 3 and 6 with 4 SMEs.


2.602 proposals were eligible and evaluated. The difference relates to doublets, withdrawals, some incorrect templates or incomplete proposals.


The evaluation took longer than initially planned because the applicants did not use the advantage of the continuous call and evaluation and did only submit very shortly before the cut-off date (85 % arrived within 48 h before cut-off).


Out of the 2602 applications received 317 (12 %) are evaluated above threshold (13 points overall). The budget available for this cut-off would allow to fund 169 companies (phase 1 project). Based on the positively evaluated applications per topic 155 companies could be funded (6%).


Regarding the number of proposals Austria reached the 23rd place.


Index ranking for Austria after 1st calls of SME instrument


However, with a success rate of 15 % Austria reached the second place of the countries’ success rates (after Ireland, but before Great Britain, Israel and Spain).


Analysis of received and selected proposals per topic


The chart below shows an analysis of received and selected proposals per topic. Within the ICT area a relatively high proportion of projects were evaluated positively (12 %) even though only a small proportion could be funded (28 %). The LEIT Space-SME topic contained a high number (66) of ineligible or wrongly submitted proposals. Within the healthcare sector the full allocation has not been used since only 24 out of a maximum of 44 eligible projects have been evaluated positively.


 Topic  Proposals evaluated
 Max. project fundable
 Proposals above
% positively evaluated
"success rate" % above threshold
 DRS17  41  6  6  15 %
 100 %
 BG12  48  3  6  12 %
 50 %
 LEIT Space
 61  4  4  7 %
 100 %
 BIOTECH  74  3  8  11 %
 38 %
 SFS8  125  7  29  23 %
 24 %
 PHC 12
 208  44  24  12 %
 100 %
 IT.1  227  24+2  26  12 %
 100 %
 SC-5-20  248  11+1  32  13 %
 38 %
 NMP 25
 310  15 + 2
 29
 9 %
 59 %
 SIE 1
 374  22+1
 46  12 %
 100 %
 ICT 37
 886  30  107  12 %
 28 %

Improvement suggestions


Unsuccessful projects were


  • Too much project focussed, not enough business opportunity oriented
  • Description of company not convincing (why would this company suceed and not the competitor)
  • No information on competing solutions
  • Innovation content too low; product exists already on the marekt (just incremental improvement)
  • Just ideas, no proof of existing commercialisation concept (TRL far too low)
  • Just trying ones luck


The next cut-off date will be the 17.12.2014.


For further information please don’t hesitate to contact our expert for Horizon 2020, Mr. Javier Calvet-Stoffel, BA (javier.calvetstoffel@m27.eu, +43 (1) 533 10 90 – 22).