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FrameWork methodology for SME innovATion policy SuppOrt within RD tax credits and inceNtives schemes in the EU (WATSON)

Objective

The WATSON project aims to develop and demonstrate a framework methodology for studying the impact of R&D tax credits and incentives on SME-led innovation in Europe. R&D tax credit schemes have been widely implemented as a measure of innovation funding, but most schemes have yet to be subjected to a detailed quantitative study. This impedes their comparability and limits their improvement potential in efficiently funding the wide scope of innovations developed by SMEs, whose inherent differences would benefit from better targeting of the schemes. WATSON will further the study of innovation funding by providing a foundation for detailed study of SME funding through the framework methodology, which will be integrated into the WATSON ICT innovation analytics platform for richer analysis. This tool will identify gaps in funding of European tax credit schemes, and help to better target and improve innovation funding measures. The results of WATSON will thus expand innovation support for SMEs through the provision of instruments better targeted to the funding needs of specific SME segments.
The development of the framework will integrate the results of three concurrent studies, which together will paint a picture of SME innovation in Europe, the prevalence and allocation of tax credits for SMEs, and the impact that specific innovating SME segments have on European society. The studies are as follows:

- Detailed segmentation of SME market
- Study of the impact of R&D tax credits and incentives on the different segments of innovating SMEs
- Measurement of impact of SME-led innovation through the development of innovation impact indicators

WATSON will set the foundation for innovation benchmarking and will help maximize the impact of innovation funding on European SMEs. The consortium, comprised of 3 SMEs and 3 research institutes, will help shape the future of SME innovation support and thus increase the growth and competitiveness of European R&D performing SMEs.

Call for proposal

H2020-INNOSUP-03-07-08-2017
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Coordinator

KAPITALISE LTD
Address
3 London Bridge Street
SE1 9SG London
United Kingdom
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 219 062,50

Participants (5)

EXODUS ANONYMOS ETAIREIA PLIROFORIKIS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 211 875
Address
Estias 1 & Mesogeion 73-75
11526 Athina
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 189 830
Address
South Kensington Campus Exhibition Road
SW7 2AZ London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
INVENTYA VENTURES (EU) LIMITED
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 167 375
Address
Taylor's Lane
8 Dublin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITEIT MAASTRICHT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 43 058,75
Address
Minderbroedersberg 4
6200 MD Maastricht
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS AND POLITICAL SCIENCE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 168 397,50
Address
Houghton Street 1
WC2A 2AE London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments