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Deliverables

Online training courses

Online training courses: 5 in total. There is already a wealth of support materials available to support SMEs, both conventional and unconventional sources. As opposed to duplicating these materials and resulting in potential wastage, the consortium will seek to bring together the existing materials into a format that is directly applicable to the situations and challenges encountered by SMEs. Over 25 existing courses will be collated in this way. As such 5 new courses will be developed, tailored towards specific challenges encountered by SMEs (e.g. IPR, innovation management, project management etc.) identified in Task 2.2.

Project branding

Project branding (logo and templates). Common branding will be developed including templates for project deliverables, databases, presentations, e-newsletters, ensuring the consistency and common image of all documents developed during the project (in task 6.2.1).

The first 5 VIDA innovation challenges which are selected and supported by the VIDA advisory board.

The VIDA advisory board will define a list of innovation challenges from which the 5 most urgent/promising challenges will be selected to be solved by a multidisciplinary group of European SME’s for the first call of Demonstration Projects. A list of priority lines in which the innovation challenges will be framed is presented in section 1.3 in table 1.3a in the proposal.

Evaluation process published.

Evaluation process published. A set of evaluation criteria and a proposal scoring system for each of our three funding schemes will be developed and widely disseminated, it will be hosted and highlighted on CLOU5 to ensure that potential applicants fully understand the criteria against which their proposals will be assessed. It will include e.g. TRL level, job creation potential, economic / social / environmental impact, involvement across borders and sectors, female leadership. This is to optimise the quality of submissions and transparency of the evaluation process (WP4). The project team will also prepare guidelines (such as setting out how the evaluators are selected and the process for feedback of results), terms (such as eligibility criteria) and template grant agreements.

Final evaluation and award of Validation projects

Evaluation and award of Validation projects. These projects are designed to provide rapid, targeted support to existing new industrial value chain initiatives, to enable them to validate the potential impact and to facilitate their commercialisation. Eligible activities will include product/process validation at TRL5-8. Validation Voucher applications represent a joint action between one benefited SME and a service provider who supports technological validation. SMEs will be invited to complete a short application form detailing their project idea and describing its suitability for the specified challenge related to their prefered service provider. The application process will be conducted virtually through CLOU5 (developed in Task 2.1), thereby reducing costs and ensuring the process is efficient, giving potential participants enough time to develop their idea and implement it. Submitted proposals will be assessed as a group by 3 members of the project team who will review/score each team using the methodology determined in Task 2.3. Funded projects will be initially limited to 6 months however organisations can apply to extend the length of the project if required. A short project cycle has been specified in order to provide the targeted, fast support to enable fast validation and accelerate the commercialisation, driving revenues for the SMEs to secure the return on their investment to date. Moreover, validated technologies can also be the basis for the continuation of a Demonstration Project. The applicant will be supported by VIDA consortium financially and with services. These services from the VIDA partners could include the search for appropriate demonstration sites, lab-facilities and personnel. In total, a voucher would be maximum 25.000 euro with a total reserved budget of €250,000. Around 10 projects are expected during the open call. The task leader (FPI) will be responsible for implementing the evaluation process determined in Task 2.3, notifying applicants of the decision. The coordinator (CEW) will be responsible for disbursing the funds (held by Coordinator). Unsuccessful applicants will receive signposting support in Task 4.5. Project evaluation is conducted in Task 5.1. Exploitation support is provided in Task 6.3. Example projects are shown in Table 1.4 (a and b) of the proposal. A final report at the end time of the open call (M24) will be published, which contain publishable information of the awarded Validation projects and the used budget.

Evaluation and award of innovation support vouchers

Evaluation and award of innovation support vouchers An innovation support voucher scheme will be made available to assist specific organisational activities not covered under the project grants described above. Eligible activities for funding will include IP and innovation management support, consultancy and technical assistance provided by innovation experts in advanced manufacturing, ICT, eco-innovation, new business models and emerging technology applications, among others. The application process will be activated through CLOU5 (Task 2.1). Applicants will identify their preferred supplier and justify their selection in the application form. All applications will be assessed as a group by 3 members of the project team. The reputation of the supplier will also be reviewed. Once the funding has been issued and support provided, successful applicants will write a short report detailing the support they received and the impact it has had on their business. Claims submitted under this scheme will be verified by the Task leader to ensure the innovation voucher has been utilised for an appropriate purpose, and suppliers have adequately undertaken the work specified. All recipients of this voucher scheme will be required to submit an expenses claim form containing all relevant details. The launch of these vouchers will be timed to coincide with the matchmaking events (Task 3.2) given the significant benefit to recipients that have been demonstrated when voucher schemes are twinned with brokerage and matchmaking activities. Approximately 25 innovation support vouchers are expected to be distributed under this scheme, with a total reserved budget of €125,000 (average grant value €5,000). The task leader (CEW) will be responsible for implementing the evaluation process determined in Task 2.3, notifying applicants of the decision and supporting the disbursing the funds (held by CEW as they have the necessary administrative structures). Unsuccessful applicants will receive signposting support in Task 4.5. Project evaluation is conducted in Task 5.1. Exploitation support is provided in Task 6.3. A final report at the end time of the open call (M24) will be published, which contain publishable information of the awarded Innovation Support Vouchers and the used budget.

The second 5 VIDA innovation challenges which are selected and supported by the VIDA advisory board

The VIDA advisory board will define a list of innovation challenges from which the 5 most urgent/promising challenges will be selected to be solved by a multidisciplinary group of European SME’s for the second call of Demonstration Projects. A list of priority lines in which the innovation challenges will be framed is presented in section 1.3 in table 1.3a in the proposal.

Evaluation and award of Demonstration projects, first call.

Evaluation and award of demonstration projects. Demonstration Vouchers are expected to target large scale projects comprising between 2-7 SMEs and innovation actors from within the participating clusters, ESCP-4is memberships and its regions. This structure is designed to promote cross-sectoral exchanges of knowledge and best practice at the organisation level, thereby leading to the development of new industrial value chains capable of addressing current (increasingly complex) cross-sectoral challenges, already identified in section 1. Eligible activities will include prototyping, testing, piloting at TRL6-8. Sandpit style events about the innovation challenges will be held alongside the project consortium meetings (2 during the project). Each of the awarded projects will be invited to attend these events. The sandpits will be facilitated to enable the attendees to develop new and highly innovative cross-sectoral projects. Sandpit attendees will be invited to pitch their awarded project and sign their VIDA grant agreements with VIDA coordinator. The review panel will comprise 3 relevant experts (Task 1.2) who will review/score each team using the methodology determined in Task 2.3. Funded projects will be initially limited to 12 months including preparation time. A short project cycle has been specified in order to prioritise higher TRL projects and encourage the pursuit of ‘quick-wins’ - projects yielding clear, rapid and tangible benefits, for example repurposing a technology dominant in one field to another or demonstration of an already proven technology. 10 projects are expected to be funded under these funding calls (around 5 during each funding round), between €20.000-60.000/project participant (up to €250,000/project), with a total reserved budget of €3,000,000. The task leader will be responsible for implementing the evaluation process determined in Task 2.4, notifying applicants of the decision and supporting the disbursing the funds (held by the Coordinator). Unsuccessful applicants will receive signposting support in Task 4.5. Project evaluation is conducted in Task 5.1. Exploitation support is provided in Task 6.3.

Interim evaluation and award of Validation projects

Evaluation and award of Validation projects. These projects are designed to provide rapid, targeted support to existing new industrial value chain initiatives, to enable them to validate the potential impact and to facilitate their commercialisation. Eligible activities will include product/process validation at TRL5-8. Validation Voucher applications represent a joint action between one benefited SME and a service provider who supports technological validation. SMEs will be invited to complete a short application form detailing their project idea and describing its suitability for the specified challenge related to their prefered service provider. The application process will be conducted virtually through CLOU5 (developed in Task 2.1), thereby reducing costs and ensuring the process is efficient, giving potential participants enough time to develop their idea and implement it. Submitted proposals will be assessed as a group by 3 members of the project team who will review/score each team using the methodology determined in Task 2.3. Funded projects will be initially limited to 6 months however organisations can apply to extend the length of the project if required. A short project cycle has been specified in order to provide the targeted, fast support to enable fast validation and accelerate the commercialisation, driving revenues for the SMEs to secure the return on their investment to date. Moreover, validated technologies can also be the basis for the continuation of a Demonstration Project. The applicant will be supported by VIDA consortium financially and with services. These services from the VIDA partners could include the search for appropriate demonstration sites, lab-facilities and personnel. In total, a voucher would be maximum 25.000 euro with a total reserved budget of €250,000. Around 10 projects are expected during the open call. The task leader (FPI) will be responsible for implementing the evaluation process determined in Task 2.3, notifying applicants of the decision. The coordinator (CEW) will be responsible for disbursing the funds (held by Coordinator). Unsuccessful applicants will receive signposting support in Task 4.5. Project evaluation is conducted in Task 5.1. Exploitation support is provided in Task 6.3. Example projects are shown in Table 1.4 (a and b) of the proposal. An interim report at half time of the open call (M17) will be published, which contain publishable information of the awarded projects and the remaining budget.

Evaluation and award of Demonstration projects, second call

Evaluation and award of large-scale projects. Demonstration Vouchers are expected to target large scale projects comprising between2-7 SMEs and innovation actors from within the participating clusters, ESCP-4is memberships and its regions. This structure is designed to promote cross-sectoral exchanges of knowledge and best practice at the organisation level, thereby leading to the development of new industrial value chains capable of addressing current (increasingly complex) cross-sectoral challenges, already identified in section 1. Eligible activities will include prototyping, testing, piloting at TRL6-8. Sandpit style events about the innovation challenges will be held alongside the project consortium meetings (2 during the project). Each of the awarded projects will be invited to attend these events. The sandpits will be facilitated to enable the attendees to develop new and highly innovative cross-sectoral projects. Sandpit attendees will be invited to pitch their awarded project and sign their VIDA grant agreements with VIDA coordinator. The review panel will comprise 3 relevant experts (Task 1.2) who will review/score each team using the methodology determined in Task 2.3. Funded projects will be initially limited to 12 months including preparation time. A short project cycle has been specified in order to prioritise higher TRL projects and encourage the pursuit of ‘quick-wins’ - projects yielding clear, rapid and tangible benefits, for example repurposing a technology dominant in one field to another or demonstration of an already proven technology. 10 projects are expected to be funded under these funding calls (around 5 during each funding round), between €20.000-60.000/project participant (up to €250,000/project), with a total reserved budget of €3,000,000. The task leader will be responsible for implementing the evaluation process determined in Task 2.4, notifying applicants of the decision and supporting the disbursing the funds (held by the Coordinator). Unsuccessful applicants will receive signposting support in Task 4.5. Project evaluation is conducted in Task 5.1. Exploitation support is provided in Task 6.3.

Interim evaluation and award of Innovation Support vouchers

Interim evaluation and award of Innovation Support vouchers. An innovation support voucher scheme will be made available to assist specific organisational activities not covered under the project grants described above. Eligible activities for funding will include IP and innovation management support, consultancy and technical assistance provided by innovation experts in advanced manufacturing, ICT, eco-innovation, new business models and emerging technology applications, among others. The application process will be activated through CLOU5 (Task 2.1). Applicants will identify their preferred supplier and justify their selection in the application form. All applications will be assessed as a group by 3 members of the project team. The reputation of the supplier will also be reviewed. Once the funding has been issued and support provided, successful applicants will write a short report detailing the support they received and the impact it has had on their business. Claims submitted under this scheme will be verified by the Task leader to ensure the innovation voucher has been utilised for an appropriate purpose, and suppliers have adequately undertaken the work specified. All recipients of this voucher scheme will be required to submit an expenses claim form containing all relevant details. The launch of these vouchers will be timed to coincide with the matchmaking events (Task 3.2) given the significant benefit to recipients that have been demonstrated when voucher schemes are twinned with brokerage and matchmaking activities. Approximately 25 innovation support vouchers are expected to be distributed under this scheme, with a total reserved budget of €125,000 (average grant value €5,000). The task leader (CEW) will be responsible for implementing the evaluation process determined in Task 2.3, notifying applicants of the decision and supporting the disbursing the funds (held by CEW as they have the necessary administrative structures). Unsuccessful applicants will receive signposting support in Task 4.5. Project evaluation is conducted in Task 5.1. Exploitation support is provided in Task 6.3. An interim report at half time of the open call (M17) will be published, which contain publishable information of the awarded projects and the remaining budget.

Project website and social media presence.

The project website will be used to present general information about the project and be updated with regular news about activities implemented and results achieved. The project website will aim to reach all target groups and the general public. Additionally, a special section on each project partner’s home website will be launched by M3 of the project. These webpages will contain several pieces of information including: project objectives, partners and activities. This section will be kept updated and linked with the project results and activities, project website and our collaboration platform, CLOU5. This is task 6.2.2 of the proposal.

Virtual knowledge sharing and matchmaking events.

Ten networking and business brokerage virtual events will be coordinated. These events will create new links between organisations which are unable to attend the physical networking events (Task 3.2), as well as provide additional opportunities for organisations to discuss points raised at the larger physical events in an open-forum style virtual environment.

Project marketing collateral

Development of promotional materials: an online project brochure summarising the key work areas, maintained throughout the project and developed into a slide deck for use at external presentations. This is task 6.2.3 of the proposal.

VIDA CLOU5 platform.

Consortium partners will engage their SME networks to use the existing open innovation platform - CLOU5 (Figure 1.3d) – to initiate discussions towards cooperating in innovation project development. CLOU5 effectively combines bespoke collaboration tools comparable to dropbox, skype, doodle etc., and is accessible regardless of individual hardware and software configurations. Users will be facilitated through the platform’s interface to develop cross-sector and cross-border innovation projects based on the 10 selected innovation challenges (that will be realised in WP4).

Online submission system, live within CLOU5.

Online submission system, live within CLOU5. Consortium partners will engage their SME networks to use the existing open innovation platform - CLOU5 (Figure 1.3d) – to initiate discussions towards cooperating in innovation project development. CLOU5 effectively combines bespoke collaboration tools comparable to dropbox, skype, doodle etc., and is accessible regardless of individual hardware and software configurations. Users will be facilitated through the platform’s interface to develop cross-sector and cross-border innovation projects based on the 10 selected innovation challenges (that will be realised in WP4). All discussions take place in the environment of trust (platform is on Western European Server, German law) of the involved network organisations (enabled through the innovation management activities outlined in Task 7.3). Additionally, users may individually decide who can see their information e.g. one special group, the selected network, all platform users or the broad public etc. As such, both open and closed groups will be created. During the project lifetime, we will have >250 experts’ profiles registered and continually active on the platform. To efficiently handle the e-submission and the evaluation of the proposals (Task 4.2 and Task 4.3), CLOU5 will be used. This will include managing access to view proposals by the expert evaluation panel (comprising experts from the consortium and advisory board, see Task 1.4); evaluation scoring; and provision of direct evaluation feedback (linked to signposting Task 4.4). All submitted proposals will be anonymised automatically by CLOU5. This anonymised proposal will be provided to the relevant experts. Clou5 will be everything from one source ensure in a safe and fair submission system.

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