Now that Horizon 2020 (H2020) has been running for a short while, we thought in this podcast that we should highlight the support vouchers that are available for Scottish SMEs (Small to Medium sized Enterprises) to explore the opportunities that are available. When the scheme launched, Ken Gordon interviewed Dr Stuart Fancey Assistant Director, Research and Innovation, Scottish Funding Council who through a series of public events, developed the support based on feedback from Scottish businesses. 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 attracts. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market. Horizon 2020 is divided into three main areas: Excellent science Competitive industries - through strengthening leadership in enabling and industrial technologies, and greater access to capital and support for SMEs Tackling societal challenges including : Health, demographic change and well-being : Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research, and the bioeconomy : Secure, clean and efficient energy : Smart, green and integrated transport : Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials : Europe in a changing world - inclusive, innovative and reflective societies : Secure societies - protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens The Horizon 2020 SME Engagement Scheme VouchersThe Horizon 2020 SME Engagement Scheme supports Scottish based SMEs to explore the opportunities of Horizon 2020 funding and apply for particular schemes or calls under it, with the assistance of a Scottish Higher Education Institute (HEI). The purpose of the scheme is to encourage Scottish SMEs to engage more effectively with European Funding, under H2020. Academics or European officers within HEIs can offer expertise and experience to advise and facilitate appropriate consortium building and support towards full H2020 application for the SME. The award will be paid to the HEI on submission of a completed final report and HEI costs will be reimbursed by the SFC (please note the grant will not be paid to the SME or any in kind costs reimbursed.) Applications to the scheme should be submitted as early as possible in advance of calls so don't wait until the last minute. For full details of H2020 calls please visit the following web page: Horizon 2020 Calls To apply for support, phone Interface 0131 651 4791, visit the Interface website on www.Interface-online.org.uk to find links to the applications form and to tread about a recent success story for Black & Gold, a Scottish company that produces a high quality, premium cold pressed rapeseed oil which is distributed throughout Scotland and the UK.Listening to this and not in Scotland? While that is a shame (visit Scotland!), we have good news, our network covers more than 50 countries! We have valued colleagues in your country that will help you. Find your local office contact details on the list on this page or drop us an email or a comment on this page and we'll send you the details. It's good to connect up and they are all very helpful people.view more
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