This grant will be awarded without call for proposals in line with Article 195(e) of the Financial Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1046/2018 and Article 11(2) of the Rules for participation and dissemination in ""Horizon 2020 - the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020)"", Regulation (EU) No 1290/2013
The objective is to capitalise on the work of the NearUS action and ensure the operations of the ENRICH (European Network of Research and Innovation Centres and Hubs) centre in the US beyond its initial operational phase. The Commission considers that a duration of 3-4 years for the next phase would be appropriate.
The proposal should show how the activities put forward for the next phase will deliver innovation-related services leading to focused tangible support and benefits to a well-defined client base of European researchers and innovators not yet established in the US, and how the financing of the activities to be covered by this contract will fit with private financing raised by services to individual clients. It should also present a sound business plan showing how the activities of the centre will be rolled-out and financed through service contracts with private and public clients, moving from a partly to a fully self-sustainable centre in the mid-term (at the end of this contract).
The standard evaluation criteria, thresholds, weighting for award criteria and the maximum rate of co-financing for this type of action are provided in parts D and H of the General Annexes. The legal entities listed below are the coordinator and participants of the NearUS action. Entities opting not to be a beneficiary are nevertheless invited and encouraged to participate in the activities of the action, and costs for such participation may be included in the estimated budget and be eligible for funding. Under this topic, legal entities established in the target country/region are eligible for funding from the Union.