Start-up in Israel: Horizon 2020 – The EU’s new research and innovation programme

Posted by on May 21, 2015 in Aliyah Israel, Blog, Companies in Israel

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The law firm Abitbol and Associes presents you the UE Horizon 2020 Program created for the development of the Research and Innovation in Europe.

Because Israel is the Start-up Nations, this program suits perfectly new Israeli organizations seeking to get funds to develop ideas that should contribute to the future. Therefore, many Israeli Start-ups have already benefit from this funding program.

Our law firm can help you in every step of the application process and advise you on how to present your proposal to get more chances for it to be eligible.


What is Horizon 2020? 

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market.

Horizon 2020 is open to everyone, and our team will make sure that your new projects get off the ground quickly – and achieve results fast.

Who can apply for funding from Horizon 2020?

Horizon 2020 funding is based on competitive calls that are open to everyone, also to organisations or individuals outside the EU. Participants from countries associated to the EU research framework programme (meaning those countries also contribute to the EU budget) have the same rights as EU participants; for other countries, the situation varies. It is up to individual researchers, research organisations, companies or other organisations to decide whether to get involved.

How can people apply for funding? How long does it take? How much can they get?

Deadlines for submission of proposals are specific to each call. Project proposals are selected (success rate about one in five, or lower for ERC grants) after they have been ranked by independent evaluators. The panel checks each proposal against a list of criteria to see if it should receive funding.

The Commission enters into grant preparations with the selected proposals. Once all administrative and technical details are fixed, the grant agreements are signed. Consortia receive pre-financing at the project start and further payments following the acceptance of interim and final reports. The projects are co-financed by the EU and the participants. For research and development projects the share of the EU contribution can be up to 100% of the total eligible costs. For innovation projects up to 70% of the costs, with the exception of non-profit legal entities which can also receive up to 100% in these actions. In all cases indirect costs will be covered by a flat rate of 25% of the direct costs.

The Commission is committed to reduce in Horizon 2020 the time to grant (defined as the administrative period between submission of a proposal and signature of the grant agreement) to a general maximum of 8 months except in duly justified cases and ERC actions.


The application process

Step 1 – Find a suitable Call for Proposals

The Commission publishes on various platforms all the Calls of its research and innovation programmes H2020, and the law firm helps you to find the proper proposal that fits perfectly your project.

Step 2 – Find project partners or apply as an individual

Many calls require a team of at least three partners. That is why our team stands to help you to identify a potential partner with particular competences, facilities or experience.

Moreover, H2020 also aims to enhance EU international research cooperation so there are more opportunities for cooperation with and participation by researchers from non-EU countries that we will contact for you in order to create the best collaboration.

Step 3 – Create an account on the portal

If you already have a Participant Portal account or so-called ECAS account, we will use it for any future submission.

If you do not have an account yet, we will create it thanks to all the details you will provide us with.

Step 4 – Register your organisation

We will check first if your organisation is already registered. If we cannot find your organisation, we will start its registration.

Step 5 – Submit your project proposal to the Commission

Then we will be able to submit your project proposal to the Commission, online, respecting the deadline.


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