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New version of AMIPLEXUS released!

Visualise and explore over 20000 funded R&D and Innovation projects!

To gain a competitive edge, the rapid processing of publicly available data and timely extraction of insightful information is of paramount importance. More so, in terms of identifying the key-players in various technological fields and their relationships including their pipeline technologies. Guided by this need, AMIPLEXUS was developed to enable users to efficiently discover the interrelationship and interconnections existing in project-related datasets.

We are pleased to announce that AMIPLEXUS has been upgraded to a “one-stop-shop” multi-dataset platform. The newly updated AMIPLEXUS tool allows users to visualize over 20000 projects funded under the following programmes: Horizon2020 (14838 projects), Eureka (3724 projects) Eurostars (1411 projects) and LIFE (4322 projects). The new version displays relevant project information including a list of all participants for faster and comprehensive data export. Additionally, the users can use full organization names to navigate (instead of EU abbreviations) and create individual organizational networks of project clusters, for better visualisation of partners and their relations.

AMIRES is committed to develop the platform further with additional data sets and various use-case scenarios. Let us know if you have any idea for cooperation.

DISCOVER AMIPLEXUS and request us for a free 15-min presentation to discover the value for your innovation-based decisions!

Overview of Deadlines for Horizon 2020 2018 – 2019 Calls

Are you interested in the upcoming Horizon 2020 calls and would like to get an overview of their deadlines?  Check the below tables Deadlines for HORIZON 2020 calls 2018 and Deadlines for HORIZON 2020 calls 2019. The call details can be found HERE

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AMIplexus Insights into H2020 Spectral Imaging Projects

In Horizon 2020 there are about 20 funded projects involving spectral imaging with about 142 organizations participating in them. 64 of these are private for-profit companies. The key players are Quest Photonic Devices Bv, Cmosis Nv, Planetek Italia Srl, New Infrared Technologies Sl and M-Squared Lasers Limited. Considering higher education and research institutions, the most active in this domain are CNRS, Fraunhofer, Max-Planck, CEA, and TU Delft.

The focus areas of research include new spectral imaging techniques such as the application of semiconductor emitters operating at room temperature within the terahertz (THz) spectral region, development of image-based laser processing closed-loop control and use of hyperspectral imaging sensors. Within these projects, the main areas of application are medical diagnostics, gas and material detection as well as surveillance, security and environmental sensing for public safety.

To obtain more insights on Horizon 2020 spectral imaging projects, subscribe to AMIplexus (

The following is the AMIplexus network of spectral imaging projects. To interact with the network, please use the click, drag and scroll functions:


AMIplexus Insights into H2020 Photovoltaics Projects

About 106 organizations are involved in the field of photovoltaics within already funded Horizon 2020 projects. 43 of these are private companies for profit such as Acciona Construccion Sa, Wirtschaft Und Infrastruktur Gmbh & Co Planungs Kg, and Onyx Solar Energy S.L. The key players involved in a majority of the projects include CEA, Tecnalia and Fraunhofer.

Research in this area is focused on technologies such as multi-junction cells based on III-V semiconductors that use nanowires and monolithic multi-junction (MJ) solar cells. Other advancement in this field is the use of materials such as multi-functionalised silica nano-particles that allow for self-cleaning abilities as well as solid-state perovskite and organic molecules.

The advancements in photovoltaics are aimed at reducing GHG emissions while reducing material needs by making the cells lighter with higher efficiencies.

To obtain more insights on Horizon 2020 photovoltaic projects, subscribe to AMIplexus (

The following is the AMIplexus network of Photovoltaics projects. To interact with the network, please use the click, drag and scroll functions.

TRIBUTE Concluded at its Final Conference

TRIBUTE final conference took place at Espace Encan in La Rochelle, France on 20th September 2017. During the event, the project was revealed to the public and the results were made well known to the audience. This was a very important action for the recognition of the project to the public and for giving the importance of project’s targets regarding the building energy performance problematic through the introduction of improved buildings’ simulation connected with continuous building monitoring. The representatives from the whole project’s consortium as well as external expert keynote speakers were giving presentation and gladly answering all the questions given from the public.

The conference attracted a wide range of stakeholders from the whole value chain, such as representatives from the industrial sector and the public authorities, engineers from different field as well as students and private investors. Additionally, press conference with the key persons form the project was organized for the local and national media.  A day after the final conference, the TRIBUTE team also met with its Project Technical Advisor at its final review to conclude the work done during last 4 year.

AMIRES at the Conference on Polymers and Organic Materials for Electronics and Photonics: Science for Applications (81th PMM)

Elena Turco (AMIRES) presented the concept of pilot lines of the H2020 projects PI-SCALE and InSCOPE and to introduce the objectives of the H2020 SmartEEs project at the Conference on Polymers and Organic Materials for Electronics and Photonics: Science for Applications (81th PMM). The conference brought together a number of highly distinguished interdisciplinary scientists working in the field of molecular and polymeric materials. The objectives were to achieve international cooperation of researchers both from academia and industry and to stimulate the research growth in the field of organic materials for electronics and photonics.

During the conference, several presentations were focused on innovative materials with enhanced electrical, photoelectrical and optical properties. The applications presented during the afternoon session on Tuesday 12 September included smart windows, conductive textiles, nanosilver paints, oil sensors, smart labels and healthcare monitoring devices.

During the presentation “Mass production and applications in Organic Flexible Electronics: pilot lines and use cases” it was highlighted how the concept of pilot lines can be applicable in the materials development field, too. The projects PI-SCALE, InSCOPE and SmartEEs were presented as inspiration for those companies willing to access to services, available at European level, for the development of innovative products and demonstrators.

Click HERE for the presentation.


Industrial Innovation Information Days Key Takeaways

Around 1000 stakeholders discussed the future of European Industry at the Industrial Innovation Info Days, held on 3 – 4 October, in Brussels, Belgium. During the event, plenary sessions with great political impact on the industrial environment and key notes by high level speakers were organized. AMIRES was also following different parallel session in which the topics in the next H2020 NMBP work programme were presented. Delegates had also the opportunity to present proposal ideas.

Discussions also occurred on the 9th Framework Programme preparation including a stronger involvement of SMEs and the importance of social impact and ethics aspects in disruptive innovation. In the parallel session focused on the Testbed concepts the following general recommendations were given:

  1. to be focused on the scale up process;
  2. the Pilot Lines should be in different physical or virtual locations but a Single Entry Point (SEP);
  3. the sustainability analysis and the business study will avoid duplication with existing hubs;
  4. coordination and networking with other similar test beds as well as with other innovation eco-systems in the EU is quite important;
  5. half of the European Pilot Lines are owned by SMEs. These SME should take part of Open Innovation Test Beds and offer services through them.

Presentations from the event can be accessed HERE.

SmartEEs project Kick-off meeting

SmartEEs is one of the five EU projects funded under the H2020 Smart Anything Everywhere Initiative. SmartEEs will develop a Digital Innovation Hub dedicated to Organic Large Area Electronics (OLAE), an organized European innovation network that will provide an access to both competencies and business support for innovation adoption.

The SmartEEs kick-off meeting was held on 14  – 15 September, in Grenoble, at CEA facilities. The project brings together 7 competence centres and 3 partners dealing with business support and networking. During the meeting, several product concepts were presented. These will be included in the Market Place platform where Innovative Companies will be inspired by different potential applications for flexible electronics products. Three workshops were also organized during the meeting to decide on the contents of the Market Place (presenting the SmartEEs services accessible through a One-Stop-Shop); the evaluation and selection process for the proposals (Application Experiments) for innovative companies was discussed and the target groups and related Dissemination strategies were also defined.

20 Application Experiments will be conducted to explore the technology transfer into business, organization of cooperation, access to finance, services to be provided and act as showcases to raise awareness and activate potential users. The first SmartEEs call for proposals (Application Experiment) will be published in SmartEEs website in November 2017. More information will come soon!

H2020 SME Instrument Changes

As of January 2018, the SME Instrument and Fast Track to Innovation (FTI) will become a part of the European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot, which aims to target radically new, breakthrough products, services, processes or business models that open up new markets. This transition is expected to bring about also some changes in the SME Instrument with an aim to expand the reach of its benefits to the European innovation ecosystem.

The SME Instrument’s redesign is planned to improve both its accessibility and the excellence of its selection process. Changes include:

  • Full bottom-up selection approach – the removal of pre-defined topics as foreseen in previous Work Programmes will allow entrepreneurs from all sectors of the economy to apply with their market-creating innovations.
  • Overhaul of the submission forms – the structure and content of these forms have been adapted in order to simplify the submission process for these entrepreneurs and adopt a business-oriented language that is more adapted to their reality.
  • Pool of expert-evaluators – the number of expert-evaluators in the pool with an investor profile has been significantly increased in order to better consider market and investment related elements in the evaluation.
  • Face-to-face interviews with selected Phase 2 applicants – the introduction of this additional step after the remote evaluation will give expert-evaluators a better grasp of the proposals and make sure that only the best and most disruptive innovation ideas pass the cut.

Fast Track to Innovation will exit the pilot phase and also become part of the European Innovation Counicl pilot. The features of FTI will stay the same as in its pilot phase.

Click HERE for draft Work Programme 2018 – 2020, draft applicant guide, draft SME proposal templates and draft pitch deck template.

Horizon 2020 Draft Work Programmes 2018 – 2020 Published

Since the beginning of October, the European Commission has been publishing draft Horizon 2020 Work Programmes for years 2018 – 2020. Even though the official adoption and publication is foreseen for the end of October 2017, the draft work programme parts are made public before the official adoption of the Work Programme 2018-2020 in order to allow a timely preparation of project proposals. Click HERE to find out more.

ETPN RegMed WG Webinar on BIOPRINTING – Engineering Complex Bioarchitectures To Biomimic Nature: A Step Closer To The Development Of Artificial Organs

On 6 October 2017, the tenth from the series of webinars organized by AMIRES and the ETPN Regenerative Medicine Working Group (RegMed WG) took place.  A presentation titled  „BIOPRINTING – Engineering Complex Bioarchitectures To Biomimic Nature: A Step Closer To The Development Of Artificial Organs“ was given by Marc Thurner, CEO and founder of regenHU Ltd. Active in the advancement of biofabrication for over 15 years he is a leading contributor to the 3D bioprinting and tissue engineering scene.

regenHU — a three dimensional biotechnology company, exploiting the potential of 3D bioprinting & cell based therapies — is a creative innovator in the development of biomedical products for regenerative medicine & drug discovery. Based in Fribourg, Switzerland, regenHU is a pioneer and global leader in its field, converging digital manufacturing (3D printing), biomaterials and biotechnology to create transformational innovations in Healthcare

In the webinar, regenHU’s cutting edge biofabrication process, which creates infinite possibilities in the manufacture of artificial tissues and organs, was presented. By engineering Macro & Nano architectures in a single process unit, regenHU has opened the door to a whole new world of possibilities allowing us to mimic biological systems identical to those found in nature. Click  HERE for the webinar recording.

The ETPN RegMed WG webinars are open to both ETPN members and non-members.  By presenting recent advancement of ETPN members in the Regenerative Medicine field, these webinars aim to improve know how exchange, identification of key European experts and a wider networking between ETPN members (e.g. for collaborative projects). It is also intended to keep webinars open for ETPN non-members, particularly for industrial companies, to facilitate cooperation between researchers and enterprises (mainly SMEs). Download all the previous webinars HERE.

ETPN RegMed WG Webinar on Horizon 2020 Funding Opportunities for Regenerative Medicine

On Thursday, 21 September 2017, the ninth from the series of webinars organized by AMIRES and the ETPN Regenerative Medicine Working Group (RegMed WG) took place.  A presentation titled  „Horizon 2020 Funding Opportunities for Regenerative Medicine“ was given by Dr. Rudolf Fryček, the Founder and CEO of AMIRES and representing Vice-Chair of ETPN RegMed WG. Click HERE for a bio.

In his presentation, Dr. Fyček provided an overview of opportunities for funding of regenerative medicine projects from the upcoming Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2018 – 2020, mentioned some of already funded projects, their technologies and key movers.  The presentation used searches from AMIplexus, a cooperation visualization and search tool for projects funded by Horizon 2020 – a European Union’s research and innovation framework programme. Click HERE for more about AMIplexus. Click HERE for the presentation and HERE for the webinar recording.

The ETPN RegMed WG webinars are open to both ETPN members and non-members.  By presenting recent advancement of ETPN members in the Regenerative Medicine field, these webinars aim to improve know how exchange, identification of key European experts and a wider networking between ETPN members (e.g. for collaborative projects). It is also intended to keep webinars open for ETPN non-members, particularly for industrial companies, to facilitate cooperation between researchers and enterprises (mainly SMEs). Download all the previous webinars HERE.

Quantum Cascade Lasers by Alpes Lasers

Alpes Lasers is a Swiss engineering company pioneering advanced light sources, especially Quantum Cascade Lasers (QCLs) used in various applications such as gas detection.  The cascade laser is a semiconductor laser. It has the property of emitting in the wavelength range of the mid- and far- infrared. It can thus emit between 4 and 15 microns with very high reliability. It is impossible to arrive at these levels by standard laser diodes and it is very inefficient with conventional lasers that operate at cryogenic temperature.

Due to very specific needs of customers, Alpes Lasers has very few recurring sales, as each case of detection requires a special laser. In the early years Alpes Lasers was able to sell developments, however, it is no loner possible. It is the R & D part of the company that allows Alpes Lasers to be extremely agile to meet the many needs. The public funds allowed Alpes Lasers to finance development. That is why the company reached out to platinn Swiss innovation platform for coaching.

Under the supervision of Dr. Rudolf Fryček, the coaching was done on two levels: (1) communication to partners of potential projects, which brought the company to the Horizon 2020 project WaterSpy, (2) assisting to writing of EUROSTARS project proposals. According to Dr. Fryček, „Alpes Lasers has an indisputable capacity to innovate and to personalize its offer. There is an opportunity to address promising segments to move towards the industrialization stage of the company. European projects can help Alpes Lasers by sharing the risk in terms of technologies, markets or partners. New market opportunities for QCLs are emerging. In the era of the Internet of things, one can expect the growing interest towards chemical and biochemical sensors for which the technology controlled by Alpes Lasers could prove to be decisive.”

Click HERE for the full interview in French.

ULTRAPLACAD video on R2R mass manufacturing

The integrated microfluidics for the ULTRAPLACAD plasmonic cartridge is manufactured with a Roll-to Roll (R2R) process at VTT. In the video, you’ll see the different steps for mass-production: laser processing, lamination, dispersion of biomolecules and final assembly. This Roll-to-Roll manufacturing process will allow to develop in ULTRAPLACAD a plasmonic device for early, ultrasensitive detection of cancer.

ETPN RegMed WG Webinar on Panbio-electronics

On Thursday, 31 August 2017, the eighth from the series of webinars organized by AMIRES and the ETPN Regenerative Medicine Working Group (RegMed WG) took place.  A presentation titled  „Panbio-electronics“ was given by Prof. Daniel Simon, the Head of the Organic Bioelectronics group of the Laboratory of Organic Electronics at the Linköping University (click HERE). Click HERE for a bio.

In his presentation, prof. Simon shared achievements of his group’s research on organic electronics and their animal and mammalian applications, particularly relating to neuroscience.  Moreover, it has been recently shown that organic electronics can also be applied to augment plant systems, bringing decades of anthropocentric R&D to the plant kingdom. Click HERE for the presentation and HERE for the webinar recording.

The ETPN RegMed WG webinars are open to both ETPN members and non-members.  By presenting recent advancement of ETPN members in the Regenerative Medicine field, these webinars aim to improve know how exchange, identification of key European experts and a wider networking between ETPN members (e.g. for collaborative projects). It is also intended to keep webinars open for ETPN non-members, particularly for industrial companies, to facilitate cooperation between researchers and enterprises (mainly SMEs). Download all the previous webinars HERE.

Cooperation offers of Mendel University for H2020 projects

In view of the upcoming Horizon 2020 calls for 2018, Mendel University’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in Brno, Czech Republic (click HERE), its Laboratory of cancer biology and nanomedicine, presents the following two project ideas:

  • Nanobiotechnologies based on nanoparticles supported by protein cages with catalytic and enzyme-mimetic activity (click HERE for details)
  • Engineered protein cages based on apoferritins for active drug delivery and environmental-responsive intracellular disassociation and release of anticancer drugs (click HERE details)

The presented ideas fall into the scope of the following H2020 calls for 2018:

SC1-BHC-09-2018      Innovation platforms for advanced therapies of the future
BIOTEC-04-2018        New biotechnologies for environmental remediation

For details or questions, please contact Dr. Dagmar Hegerova at or +420 728 048 137.


European Innovation Scoreboard 2017

The 2017 edition of the European Innovation Scoreboard (EIS) has been published. EIS provides a comparative analysis of innovation performance in EU countries, other European countries, and regional neighbours. It assesses relative strengths and weaknesses of national innovation systems and helps countries identify areas they need to address. The 2017 report presents a refined analytical framework. Rankings are therefore not directly comparable with previous editions, but time series using the new analytical framework allow performance to be tracked over time.

According to the report, the innovation performance of the European countries continues to increase. The reasons are:

  • human resources
  • innovation-friendly environment
  • own-resource investments
  • attractive research systems

Sweden remains the EU innovation leader, followed by Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, the UK, and Germany. Lithuania, Malta, the UK, the Netherlands, and Austria are the fastest growing innovators. In a global comparison, the EU is catching up with Canada and the US, but South Korea and Japan are pulling ahead. China shows the fastest progress among international competitors.  Click HERE to find out details.

EIT InnoEnergy: Investment Round funding now available year-round

InnoEnergy, Europe’s sustainable energy innovation engine, is making its Investment Round, for supporting and launching revolutionary clean energy innovations, open year-round to offer flexibility to businesses to shorten the journey from lab to launch. During 2017, the Investment Round has already supported seven new projects in the fields of renewables, smart and efficient buildings and energy efficiency – linked to €13.5 million in funding. Since the launch of its Investment Round in 2011, InnoEnergy has supported more than 90 projects with €170.5 million funding, resulting in €3 billion of forecasted sales. This has contributed to 77 patents and 323 project partners working on projects spanning eight technology areas across Europe.

The Investment Round is open to proven European technology concepts that will help to change the future of the energy industry. By offering funding and connecting successful applicants with InnoEnergy’s network of industry experts, the initiative helps address challenges faced when commercialising technology to accelerate innovation.

To receive funding in 2017, your application needs to be submitted before 23 October 2017. Click HERE for more.

Funding Application Criteria:

  • Your aim should be to develop an innovative product or service which could be ready to go to market within less than five years.
  • You have successfully carried out a proof of concept (pilot or type test validation), corresponding to a Technology Readiness Level greater or equal to five (TRL >= 5)
  • You must be part of a consortium of at least three, but no more than seven, European partners from both the research and industry sectors (InnoEnergy can provide a ‘matchmaking service’ to help you find suitable consortia members if required – find out more here.)
  • The consortium needs to be made up of partners from at least two different countries and at least one of the companies commercialising the product or service must be involved in the project from the beginning.

New H2020 SME Instrument business acceleration services kick-off

In the coming months, the Executive Agency for SMEs (EASME) plans to enlarge the business acceleration services available for the companies funded under the Horizon 2020 SME Instrument. The goal is to support the SMEs on their growth path with networking, learning opportunities and facilitating access to business partners and investors.  On top of the already available Overseas Trade Fair Programme and Business innovation coaching, SMEs funded from the Horizon 2020 SME Instrument will now get an access to:

  • Matchmaking events to meet investors and business partners
  • Privileged access to finance and investors
  • Peer to peer academy

The business acceleration services are offered under “Phase 3” of the SME Instrument. They are designed exclusively for companies funded under the SME Instrument Phase 1 and/or Phase 2 and are accessible during and after the grant duration. There is no participation limit to different events as long as the service is relevant for the company’s needs.

Are you interested in finding out more about the options for you? Click HERE for details.

Report on a new vision for EU research and innovation

A report on a new vision for EU research and innovation titled „LAB – FAB – APP: Investing in the European future“ was prepared by an independent high level group of leading experts chaired by Pascal Lamy, President Emeritus of the Jacques Delors Institute. The report highlights that in the last twenty years, two thirds of economic growth in industrialised countries is attributed to research and innovation. Its recommendations focus on maximising the impact of EU investments in research and innovation in order to increase prosperity and solve our biggest societal challenges. Click HERE for the report.

The Group proposes eleven recommendations:

  1. Prioritise research and innovation in EU and national budgets, including a doubling of the budget of the post-2020 EU research and innovation programme
  2. Build a true EU innovation policy that creates future markets
  3. Educate for the future and invest in people who will make the change
  4. Design the EU R&I programme for greater impact
  5. Adopt a mission-oriented, impact-focused approach to address global challenges
  6. Rationalise the EU funding landscape and achieve synergy with structural funds
  7. Simplify further, privilege impact over process
  8. Mobilise and involve citizens
  9. Better align EU and national R&I investment
  10. Make international R&I cooperation a trademark of EU research and innovation
  11. Capture and better communicate impact

The High Level Group on maximising the impact of EU Research and Innovation Programmes brings together 12 leading personalities from across Europe with a wide range of expertise. The members hold key posts in universities or research organisations, are leaders of industrial giants and dynamic SMEs, serve in high-level policy positions in national or international organisations, and play important roles in civil society organisations.

H2020 Partner Search on Participant Portal

A new Partner Search feature has been added to the Participant Portal of the European Commission, which allows the participants to search for potential partners for project proposals. The Partner Search can be accessed in the Participant Portal, under How to ParticipatePartner Search section on the left side of the screen. Details on this tool can be found HERE (registration is needed in order to access the information).

ISFOE 2017 Key Takeaways

ISFOE is the biggest scientific & technology event in Flexible Organic & Printed Electronics (OEs). This year researchers, scientists, engineers, business managers, and policy makers from 59 countries participated to the event from 3 to 6 July in Thessaloniki, Greece.

Innovative experimental and commercial materials including special polymers and metallic nanomaterials for the development of organic electronics were presented during the first day. Industries and research centres were describing different methods for the mass production of OEs including printing technologies, R2R processes, laser technologies, in-line quality control, etc. AMIRES presented the concept of the pilot lines for flexible electronics of the two EU projects PI-SCALE and InSCOPE during the workshop Manufacturing and laser technologies. Click HERE for the presentation.

A special workshop was dedicated to Graphene and another workshop on 5 July was focused on Smart Textile and Wearables with the presentation of potential applications and demonstrators. Dr. Dionysios Manessis, coordinator of  the MEDILIGHT project that develops a smart device for chronic wound healing, presented the last project achievements and opportunities for the exploitation of the results. During the Biosensors workshop, research results for RNA, DNA and biomarkers detection were presented including the role of functionalized gold nanoparticles developed within ULTRAPLACAD project by the group of Prof. Giuseppe Spoto.

On 6 July, the Greek vice-minister for Environment, Energy and Climate change Dr. Socrates Famellos joined the workshop Renewable Energy and Storage, highlighting the importance of renewable energy sources and reuse of materials. Materials and technologies for low-carbon energy and for energy storage were presented by CEA and LEITAT.

ETPN RegMed WG Webinar on Selenium nanoparticles and their utilization in scaffolds

On Thursday, 29 June 2017, the seventh from the series of webinars organized by AMIRES and the ETPN Regenerative Medicine Working Group (RegMed WG) took place.  A presentation titled  „Selenium nanoparticles and their utilization in scaffolds“ was given by Prof. Vojtěch Adam, the Head of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Vice-Rector for Science and Development at Mendel University in Brno. Click HERE for a bio and HERE for information about Mendel University’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

In his presentation, prof. Adam outlined the possibilities for utilization of selenium nanoparticles and shared some latest research achievements on selenium nanoparticles and their utilization in scaffolds. Of a particular interest was SelenBact, a skin healing gel for veterinary use, which the Mendel University developed in partnership with MedicProgress and which is today already on the market. Click HERE for the presentation and HERE for the webinar recording. For any questions of inquiries please contact Prof. Adam at

The ETPN RegMed WG webinars are open to both ETPN members and non-members.  By presenting recent advancement of ETPN members in the Regenerative Medicine field, these webinars aim to improve know how exchange, identification of key European experts and a wider networking between ETPN members (e.g. for collaborative projects). It is also intended to keep webinars open for ETPN non-members, particularly for industrial companies, to facilitate cooperation between researchers and enterprises (mainly SMEs). Download all the previous webinars HERE.

Euro Nano Forum 2017 Highlights

The EuroNanoForum 2017 Conference (ENF2017) took place last week in Valletta, Malta under the auspices of the Maltese Presidency of the European Union. During the event, over 600 delegates (scientists, industry, policy makers from the nanotech community) from all over the world gathered to discuss and outline how nanotechnologies and advanced materials can revitalize manufacturing in Europe.  The following are some key takeaways from the sessions and the exhibition:

AMIplexus, Horizon 2020 cooperation visualization tool for better innovation-focused decisions for everybody who needs to get complex picture of already funded Horizon 2020 EU projects, their pipeline technologies and key movers, was introduced as a cloud-based application by AMIRES.  AMIplexus provides a fundamental overview of any type of technology of the application field, including key performers and their relations. During the event, the greatest interest in the tool came from:

  • Private companies, which could search already funded technologies, look up what their competitors already do and find experienced scientific partners for their project ideas
  • Universities and research organizations, which could use the tool to find partners among private companies with an experience in Horizon 2020 projects, see if their project idea has already been funded or find already funded „sister“ projects for clustering
  • Support associations and contact points, which could help their clients to connect with the top performers and efficiently enter the word of Horizon 2020

AMIplexus received, among others, appreciation not only from the industrial and scientific communities, but also from the Parliamentary Secretary Silvio Schembri of the Parliament of Malta.  The tool is now available online on a subscription basis (click HERE for more info and the pricing plans).

During the ENF2017 event, services of two pilot lines in the areas of lighting and hybrid printed electronics were presented. Namely,

  • InSCOPE pilot line project, which aims to create impact by offering a pilot line service that advances accuracy and reliability of hybrid printed electronics. The pilot line is modular, ensuring a comprehensive toolbox of printing, assembly, production integration and process validation distributed over the InSCOPE partners. It enables users to replace PCB (printed circuit boards) with printed circuits on foil. Printed electronics replace the rigid conventional circuit boards by conformable foils. This way electronics can be transferred into 3D shaped products and at the same time be manufactured on a large scale, and ultimately on a roll-to-roll basis. Click HERE for more
  • PI-SCALE pilot line project for the production of customized flexible OLEDs. The pilot line includes all the steps required to create advanced flexible OLED product prototypes: specialist high performance moisture barrier and electrode films, sheet-to-sheet and roll-to-roll flexible OLED fabrication, flexible device encapsulation, and lamination, bonding and system-level hybrid integration of thin film flexible electronics. Click HERE for details

The Pilot lines are serviced by top European RTD’s with leading technological positions and give a great chance for SMEs to enter the market by lowering the threshold for experimentation with envisioned innovative product concepts.

In the session on Nano-enabled healthcare, nano-medicine and medical technologies„, new regulatory frame for medical devices and in-vitro diagnostics was discussed. The new regulations 2017/745 and 2017/746, which introduce among others a new compulsory certification system, were adopted on 5 April. The new rules will only apply after a transitional period. Namely, 3 years after entry into force for the Regulation on medical devices (spring 2020) and 5 years after entry into force (spring 2022) for the Regulation on in-vitro diagnostic medical devices (click HERE for more). In connection to the new regulation deployment, the European Commission plans to launch Open Innovation Hubs in which industries will have an opportunity to develop and test medical technologies in line with the new regulation. The first call is expected to be published in October 2017. Moreover, in the session, information about a cellulose-based hydrogel as a promising technology for 3D cell culturing and wound healing by UPM Biochemicals was provided (click HERE). Last, launch of ESTHER, a new association which aims to promote innovative European Health Technology Industry, particularly support SMEs from R&D&I to market access, was announced.  ESTHER is expected to commence in January 2018 (click HERE for more).

In the session on „Nanotechnologies for industrial success“ ,the following were mentioned as some of the market shaping points:

  • IIOT/Smart Factory starts to reshape the world-wide manufacturing
  • Lesson learnt from previous 3 industrial revolutions is that those who do not drive and adapt disappear
  • Algorithms will go across company boundaries
  • Risk of factory hacking will not be negligible
  • Cloud storage will increase data protection needs
  • Data encryption needs a breakthrough – EU is way falling behind the US and China
  • Push towards the higher bit density and computing speed

As the key challenges for the industry, mathematical culture across organization complementing what is considered technical knowledge needs to be boosted, a cognitive type of the worker needs to be developed, IP needs to be better managed and emphatic people management needs to be developed.

ENF2017 presentations and conclusions will be available HERE.

H2020 Seal of Excellence – A story from Italy

ProPHOS Chemicals, which submitted to Phase 1 of the SME Instrument (June 2014) a proposal on recovering exhausted extinguishing powder through an eco-innovative process that can extract noble components to use in agriculture, passed a very competitive selection but didn’t get funded. Thanks to the Seal of Excellence received in 2015  ProPHOS Chemicals won 25,000 euros of funding support from the region of Lombardy, thanks to which it was able to go ahead with their idea and was eventually successful in Phase 2 of the SME Instrument.

Click HERE and listen to the success story of Dr. Marco Michelotti, Chief Operating Officer of ProPHOS Chemicals. AMIRES was happy to support ProPHOS in Phase 2 SME Instrument submission.


SME Instrument Accessible to Swiss Companies

An article titled „SME Instrument Accessible to Swiss Companies“ by Dr. Rudolf Frycek of AMIRES was published in the June issue of the Focus bulletin issued by platinn innovation platform in Switzerland.  The article (in French) can be accessed HERE.  Below is its English translation. Enjoy the reading!

Since January 2017 the Swiss SMEs can receive direct funding for their innovation projects from a specific SME Instrument in Horizon 2020 (2014-2020). The instrument bridges the missing funding between research and development activities towards commercialization of products, services or processes that are ready to face global market competition. The funding was particularly designed to be light in administration and organization and allows the company to fully react to individual needs (e.g. in terms of subcontracting or capital investments). Because the funding is provided to projects with advanced maturity (higher technology readiness level) a single company receives a grant up to 70% of the their costs. This tool allows to share the technological and market risks related to the commercialization of highly innovative projects.

 The programme offers € 50.000 lump sum for Phase I, where an SME can strengthen the technical concept and its feasibility, test pilot application, to start market experimentation, business planning and to secure protection of intellectual property. This information is practically needed for Phase II, which allows prototyping, testing, piloting, miniaturisation, scaling-up and market replication and companies may receive up to € 2.5 Million. By today, about 2650 European SMEs received support and there is more than € 1.8 Billion still available for this instrument till 2020. In 2017 the highest funding is allocated to innovations from the field of healthcare biotechnology sector, disruptive ICT, transport and smart cities mobility, low carbon and efficient energy system, climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials and nanotechnologies advanced materials or advanced manufacturing and processing technologies but others are possible as well.

 The Swiss innovative SMEs are gradually reacting to this opportunity, which can boost their international growth (till now 61 SMEs submitted a project to Phase I and 10 for Phase II). Despite the demonstrated fact the supported companies were mainly from industrialization or renewable life-cycle stage, the start-ups are not excluded. The competition for funding is relatively high (with success rate of 6-9%) therefore only the projects with high-potential innovation, demonstrated capacity and well-prepared proposals have chances to succeed. The other success factors are scalability of the business model, long-term value, team composition and experience.

 The platinn clients can receive a complementary coaching for having higher success in the selection process. The service Cooperation provides proven hands-on experience with proposal preparation to both phases. The service Business Development helps with methodology on the business planning and market experimentation.

Research on bio-sensing technologies and its applications

On 7 – 10 May, 2017, the 5th International Conference on Bio-Sensing Technology took place in Riva Del Garda, Italy.  The event brought together leaders from industry and academia to exchange and share their experiences, present research results, explore collaborations and to spark new ideas, with the aim of developing new projects and exploiting new technology for bio-sensing applications. During the event, several interesting research results were presented including: the development of biosensors using optical fibres, of cotton fibres coated with CNTs, the description of different PCR free techniques, the demonstration of a wearable (wristband) graphene sensor and of a paper based microfluidic devices for urine analysis. Posters on the integration of Raman within multi-task instrument and the concept of Internet of the Body were shown respectively by Horiba and IBM. Presentations about IoT/Connected workplaces (stress/fatigue monitoring), OLED used in lateral flow strips and detection of E.coli in the ice cream production were provided by the industries Toshiba, Cambridge Display Technology and Carpigiani.

Linked to the presentation from the US Naval Research Lab regarding the importance of funding for research activities, Elena Turco of AMIRES presented ULTRAPLACAD project as a success case. The project impact, IVD and liquid biopsy market overview and benchmarking with existing systems on market were presented (click HERE for the presentation).

H2020 SME Instrument Impact Report 2017 released

European Commission has released first Horizon 2020 (H2020) SME Instrument Impact Report,  which highlights the first insights into the growth trends of selected SMEs funded by the SME Instrument, their profile as well as the key features of the programme that have made its unique selling points. It contains cumulative data from 2014 to 2016.  The main highlights of the first three years of the Instrument include:  31.000 applications, 2 457 SMEs supported and €882 million distributed in 36 countries. The SME Instrument has generated on average a 250% increase in turn-over and 122% in employment for funded companies. The programme celebrated two IPOs, €480.7 million of private investment leveraged and deployed 400 coaches to help the funded SMEs fine-tune their market strategy and make contacts. This is addition to getting companies ranked in lists of fast-growing companies, precious awards and plenty of innovative entries on the market.

Click HERE for hightlights and HERE for the full report.

MEDILIGHT Blue Light for Chronic Wound Healing

Being in its third year, the MEDILIGHT project, an aim of which is to develop a smart medical device for professional wound care, already brought about interesting research results in its biological part.  Click HERE and find out more!

A shortened version of the press release has also been published by EU Publications Office on CORDIS, Community Research and Development Information Service (click HERE).

Swiss SMEs Seek H2020 SME Instrument Funding

Since the association of Switzerland as of 1 June 2017, 69 SMEs submitted their applications into the Horizon 2020 SME Instrument calls.  During the first 2017 cut-off, Swiss entities applied for funding of 16 Phase 1 and 4 Phase 2 projects.  However, in the second 2017 cut-off, 43 Phase 1 and 6 Phase 2 applications were received. AMIRES was happy to support several of Swiss applicants through its coaching and consulting services.

H2020 Annotated Model Grant Agreement Update

An updated version of the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme Annotated Model Grant Agreement has been published on 21 April 2017. The updates are highlighted and concern the following areas:

  • „International partner“ as a new type of the third party
  • Internal invoicing rules
  • In-house consultants – eligibility criteria
  • New definition additional remuneration

Click HERE for the updated document.

ETPN RegMed WG Webinar on Implantable polymeric scaffolds for neural repair

On Thursday, 4 May 2017, the sixth from the series of webinars organized by AMIRES and the ETPN Regenerative Medicine Working Group (RegMed WG) took place.  A presentation titled „Implantable polymeric scaffolds for neural repair“ was be given by Prof. Maria Letizia Focarete, Department of Chemistry „Giacomo Ciamician“ and Health Sciences and Technologies – Interdepartmental Center for Industrial Research, University of Bologna  (click HERE for a bio) and Prof. Laura Calzà, Department of Pharmacy and Biotechnology and Health Sciences and Technologies – Interdepartmental Center for Industrial Research, University of Bologna (click HERE for a CV).

In their presentation, prof. Focarete and prof. Calzà introduced activities of the Health Sciences and Technologies—Interdepartmental Center for Industrial Research of the University of Bologna related to regenerative medicine and tissue engineering, and then illustrated a couple of recent research achievements on implantable polymeric biomaterials for neural repair. The presentation could be downloaded HERE and the recording of the webinar is available HERE.

The ETPN RegMed WG webinars are open to both ETPN members and non-members.  By presenting recent advancement of ETPN members in the Regenerative Medicine field, these webinars aim to improve know how exchange, identification of key European experts and a wider networking between ETPN members (e.g. for collaborative projects). It is also intended to keep webinars open for ETPN non-members, particularly for industrial companies, to facilitate cooperation between researchers and enterprises (mainly SMEs). Download all the previous webinars HERE.

SABINA Business Models and More Discussed in Sevilla

SABINA (SmArt BI-directional multi eNergy gAteway) project partners met during M6 meeting in Sevilla, Spain, at the premises of Schneider Electric. Apart from the overview of the work achieved during last 6 months in technical Work Packages, two workshops took place dedicated to business models and test site scenarios.

The consortium had also the opportunity to meet with its three External Advisory Board members, who took part in interesting discussions and provided valuable advices for SABINA’s future work.

SABINA partners will meet again in autumn 2017 in Denmark.

Extra €200 million for H2020

The European Parliament has approved additional €200 million for Horizon 2020, the current EU research and innovation funding programme, by adopting a compromise on the mid-term review of the EU budget. The €200 million top-up for Horizon 2020 is part of additional means amounting to €6 billion that will help the EU tackle urgent challenges such as the migration crisis, strengthening security, boosting growth and creating jobs. The additional funds will be distributed as follows:

Click HERE for more.


Record Number of Patents Granted by EPO in 2016

In the recently published Annual Report 2016, European Patent Office (EPO) shared information about the record number of granted patents in 2016 – 96 000, which is 40% more than in 2015.  In 2016, EPO received about 160 000 European patent applications, nearly at the same level as in 2015. Such high number indicates a strong interest of innovating firms to assert their patent rights on the European technology market. Despite a slight decrease, the Medical technology  remained the number one field in which the most applications were filed. The strongest growth was seen in Electrical machinery/apparatus/energy, followed by Transport and Computer technology. Pharmaceuticals and Organic fine chemistry saw the greatest drop in the number of applications. European companies filed the most applications in nine of the ten most active fields of technology, with US companies leading only in Computers. Click HERE to find out more.


Source: European Patent Office, Annual Report 2016, Country Profiles

MEDILIGHT for chronic wound healing cited as New Pipeline Product by GlobalData

The MEDILIGHT collaborative project on developing a smart, self-adaptable system, which will provide personalized light therapy to patients with chronic wounds was featured as a new pipeline product for would care management in the GlobalData Medical Intelligence Center Daily Alert published on 13 April 2017. GlobalData provides reports with data on a wide range of key metrics and indicators in the consumer goods, retail, technology and healthcare sectors along with valuable insight to enable more informed decision making. The information is available only to subscribed users (click HERE).


H2020 Energy Efficiency 2017 Calls

On 6 April 2017, AMIRES took part in an online brokerage webinar on Horizon 2020 Energy Efficiency 2017 Calls organized by the C-Energy 2020 project. During the event, the upcoming Horizon 2020 call for proposals for Energy Efficiency with deadline on 7 June 2017 were discussed and the participants had an opportunity to pitch their project ideas/cooperation offers.  AMIRES was represented by Dr. Václav Smítka (Programme Manager for Energy and Energy Efficiency), who had a presentation on AMIRES´ services and capabilities (click HERE). If you have missed the event, you can listen to the recording and download all the presentations HERE.

Shall you have any questions regarding the below upcoming calls, please do note hesitate to contact Dr. Smítka at

Horizon 2020 Energy Efficiency Call for Proposals 2017 – Call topics:

Heating and cooling
EE-02-2017: Improving the performance of inefficient district heating networks

EE-06-2017: Engaging private consumers towards sustainable energy
EE-09-2017: Engaging and activating public authorities

EE-11-2017: Overcoming market barriers and promoting deep renovation of buildings
EE-14-2017: Construction skills

EE-15-2017: Increasing capacities for actual implementation of energy efficiency measures in industry and services
EE-18-2017: Energy efficiency of industrial parks through energy cooperation and mutualised energy services
EE-19-2017: Public Procurement of Innovative Solutions for energy efficiency

Financing energy efficiency
EE-22-2017: Project Development Assistance
EE-23-2017: Innovative financing schemes
EE-24-2017: Making the energy efficiency market investible

National Financial Support for Czech SMEs

The Technology Agency of the Czech Republic (TACR) has opened a new possibility for financing of excellent projects of Czech small and medium size enterprises (SMEs).  For applications submitted into the very competitive Horizon 2020 (H2020) SME Instrument, which are evaluated as high quality projects but due to a limited funding can not be financed, European Commission issues so called Seal of Excellence certificate.  Through its GAMA programme – subprogramme 2, TACR will support projects, which received this Seal of Excellence under Phase 1 of the SME instrument. The first call for submission of applications opened on 20 March 2017. Czech SMEs which submitted their application into the February SME Instrument cut-off and received the Seal of Excellence certificate will have chance to apply for the Czech national funding until 2 May 2017.

While on the national level this option to finance recipients of the Seal of Excellence certificate is utilized by 16 EU member states, on the regional level it is only by 9 states. In the Czech Republic, up until recently, only SMEs headquartered in the South Moravian Region were able to receive such support.

Click HERE for information about the call (in Czech) and HERE about an information seminar for applicants, which will take place on 10 April 2017 (also in Czech).

MEDILIGHT brochure is out!

MEDILIGHT project on chronic wound healing by a personalized light therapy has released its brochure.  It offers information about the project scope, chronic wounds, MEDILIGHT product, its application and more. Click HERE and enjoy the reading!

ULTRAPLACAD: European Consortium Developing Bimodal Liquid Biopsy Test for Colorectal Cancer on GenomeWeb

The project coordinator Giuseppe Spoto (INBB) and project manager Elena Turco (AMIRES) had the opportunity to present the ULTRAPLACAD project to the editor of GenomeWeb, an independent online news organization based in New York and focused on the latest advancements in molecular biology research and molecular diagnostics. The article, entitled “European Consortium Developing Bimodal Liquid Biopsy Test for Colorectal Cancer”, was published on 20th March 2017. During the interview with the journalist Giuseppe Spoto described the project objectives, its innovative technological aspects, the Consortium of partners, their roles and the first achieved results. Elena Turco highlighted the socio-economic impact that ULTRAPLACAD will have on European citizens and presented the preliminary plan for the validation of the final solution and its introduction into the market. For more information about ULTRAPLACAD click HERE. The entire GenomeWeb article is available HERE.

ETPN RegMed WG Webinar on Application of stable Fibroblast Growth Factors (FGF2) in wound healing

On Thursday, 16 March, the fifth from the series of webinars organized by AMIRES and the ETPN Regenerative Medicine Working Group (RegMed WG) took place.  A presentation titled „Application of stable FGF2 in wound healing“ was delivered by Dr. Zdenek Rucka, former researcher in the field of molecular biology now working as sales and marketing manager at Enantis, s.r.o. Enantis is a growing biotechnology company located in Brno, Czech Republic, specializing on protein engineering and enzyme technologies.

Webinar summary:

Brief introduction of Enantis and its R&D activities was followed by information about current and future use of growth factors (mainly FGFs) in regenerative medicine. Stable FGF2 developed by protein engineers at Enantis was introduced and its possible use in wound healing was further discussed. The opportunities for collaboration with other partners were presented.

The presentation could be downloaded HERE and the recording of the webinar HERE.

The ETPN RegMed WG webinars are open to both ETPN members and non-members.  By presenting recent advancement of ETPN members in the Regenerative Medicine field, these webinars aim to improve know how exchange, identification of key European experts and a wider networking between ETPN members (e.g. for collaborative projects). It is also intended to keep webinars open for ETPN non-members, particularly for industrial companies, to facilitate cooperation between researchers and enterprises (mainly SMEs). Download all the previous webinars HERE.

H2020 Opportunities for Swiss SMEs

On 21 February 2017, AMIRES along with Service d’economie, and Euresearch held an event for companies from the Canton of Neuchâtel to present opportunities offered by H2020, particularly the news related to SME Instrument, previously not available to Swiss SMEs.  During the workshop, Dr. Rudolf Fryček (AMIRES) presented  the overall mission of Cantonal platinn support towards more accessible, less risky and less complicated involvement of companies in H2020 and he has shown the service started in 2015 is successful already, as it generated more than 2.2 M€ in H2020 grants for Neuchâtel-based companies.  Mr. Michel Delabays and Mr. Emile Dupont from Euresearch introduced the changes related to full association of Switzerland and the SME instrument conditions. R. Fryček shared the long-term experience in coaching and supporting SMEs, including applying for SME Instrument grants. He also presented some exemplary projects related to Neuchâtel industries. Some of the key messages were:

  • H2020 provides many opportunities for funding strategically focused innovation
  • SME Instrument is a unique tool for Swiss-based companies, particularly those having European Value chain and are targeting pan-European or Global market with their innovation
  • 16 Swiss SMEs submitted already their SME Instrument Phase I and already 4 Swiss SMEs submitted to Phase II and these numbers will grow exponentially
  • Testimonials of successful AMIRES supported SME Instrument applicants will be presented during the National event in Bern on 14th March 2017

After a lab visit at Alpes Lasers, a Swiss engineering company pioneering advanced light sources, especially Quantum Cascade Lasers (QCLs) used in various applications such as gas detection, the participants had an opportunity to network, develop new contacts and discuss their project ideas.

Report on Micro-Nano-Bio-Systems technology and market for its products

As a follow-up to the 10th Concertation & Consultation Workshop on Micro-Nano-Bio- Systems-MNBS 2016, which took place in June 2016 in Otranto, Italy, a report (click HERE) providing a comprehensive overview of the current state of MNBS technology and the market for its products, was published. Focusing on MNBS applications in healthcare, agriculture, food and the environment the workshop discussed „advances made in commercialization of projects and drew on the lessons learnt from late stage or completed projects. The role of validation was strongly reinforced and a clear piece of best practice: ensure validation at the earliest possible stage, emerged. Many projects demonstrated the importance of the development of the commercial team in effective exploitation.“

Some of the MNBS technology recommendations suggested by the report:

  • Healthcare applications of MNBS should remain a major focus for the sector, e.g. PoC diagnostics, personalized medicine and health monitoring.
  • Expand the applications of MNBS in agriculture, food and environment markets, with a strong focus on low cost systems.
  • A strong push to modularization is recommended (Lego brick model).
  • Encourage the links between MNBS and other technology areas.

MEDILIGHT project was represented by Dr. Dionysios Manessis, who presented MEDILIGHT research on the chronic wound healing using the light therapy.

ULTRAPLACAD mid-term results: nanostructured surface architectures and preliminary plasmonic readers

After the first 21 months, the project ULTRAPLACAD is halfway, with important results already achieved. NESPRI and PEFSI nanostructure geometries have been identified. Probes for the selected all-RAS mutations and microRNAs have been synthesized. Candidate antigenic peptides for a-TAA detection have been defined. Attomolar detection of all-RAS mutations and femtomolar detection of microRNAs have been demonstrated. Besides the first version of NESPRI and PEFSI reader laboratory prototypes have been completed and the high-volume fabrication of nanostructured disposable chips has been demonstrated.

ULTRAPLACAD will develop a bimodal industrial prototype integrating novel surface plasmon resonance imaging (NESPRI) and plasmon-enhanced fluorescence (PEFSI) sensing technologies. The aim is to detect mutated DNAs, microRNAs and tumor autoantibodies (a-TAAs). The detection of all these molecular cancer biomarkers freely circulating in blood of colorectal cancer patients will be combined in a single device that will overcome hurdles and limitations of the currently available approaches.

ULTRAPLACAD project has a duration of 42 months, please, stay updated about the upcoming project results! For more information, please, visit

LASSIE-FP7 final results: modular intelligent luminaire

LASSIE-FP7 project finished on 31st December 2016. The final prototype demonstrator fabricated by REGENT consists of two LASSIE-FP7 modules of 20 cm x 20 cm. The final luminaire consists of a white plastic rapid-prototyping moulded-housing, a LED foil with printed circuits heat management layers, a light management foil system and a colour conversion film. An active colour feedback loop is also incorporated in each module.

In the last months LASSIE-FP7 project was mentioned in LED Professional Newsletter, LuxLumina magazine, Bulletin of Electrosuisse and Newspaper L’Express. The LASSIE-FP7 final demonstrator was recently shown at Electrosuisse Forum LED 2017  and at Photonics West 2017 in San Francisco.

As stated by the European Commission after the final review meeting, the project has achieved most of its objectives and technical goals for the period with relatively minor deviations.

The final LASSIE-FP7 press release was published by CSEM in 3 languages on 5th December 2016 (click HERE). Objective of the last press release was to announce the end of the project, to highlight the main achievements and perspectives for future exploitation and to remind and advertise the Workshop in Muttenz. The title was “LASSIE-FP7, a European project that explores innovative intelligent lighting solutions” and it contained publishable contents and pictures from the project, including the LASSIE-FP7 final application case.

The key project results and their potential use were also described in articles published at page 44 of LED Professional, in LuxLumina magazine, in Bulletin 10/2016 (October) of Electrosuisse and an interview with the project coordinator was published in the local Newspaper L’Express.”

Congratulations to the LASSIE-FP7 partners!

INternational Smart Collaborative Open-access hybrid Printed Electronics pilot line (InSCOPE) Project Launched

On 11 – 12 January, 2017, a kick-off meeting of a new H2020 InSCOPE project took place in Eidhoven, the Netherlands.  The project will set-up an open access pilot line service for Hybrid TOLAE (H-TOLAE) systems. It will build a revolutionary platform business model for a faster transition of product concept from R&D to products and a support of the build of manufacturing capacity.  The applications addressed cover automotive, healthcare, smart packaging and buildings. The project will build upon expertise of the following partners:

  1. TNO, Netherlands
  2. CPI, United Kingdom
  3. CEA, France
  4. VTT, Finland
  6. PHILIPS LIGHTING, Netherlands
  7. ROBERT BOSCH, Germany
  8. WALTER PAK, Spain
  9. GSK, United Kingdom
  10. KONE, Finland
  11. AMIRES, Czech Republic

More information to follow soon!

Who are H2020 SME winners?

According to the European Commission DG Enterprise and Industry, there are more than 23 million SMEs in the EU, representing 99% of businesses. Those SMEs are a key driver for economic growth, innovation, employment and social integration. In Switzerland in 2009 an average of 53.6% of sales revenues were generated by exports by SMEs[1].

Horizon 2020 introduced a new funding instrument specifically designed for innovative SMEs. The dedicated SME instrument’s supports close-to-market activities, with the aim to give a strong boost to breakthrough innovation. Highly innovative SMEs with a clear commercial ambition and a potential for high growth and internationalisation are the prime target.

Almost half of the companies applying to the SME Instrument are micro-sized enterprises and almost a third are younger than 3 years (start-ups). 11% of the companies are backed by accelerators and 12% are spin-offs by academia[2]. On average the profile of the typical SME selected for funding has been on the market for 10.8 years, has an annual turnover of € 4 million and employs 21 people. It’s a good sign if the SME is based in an innovation hub, has received grants or venture capital funding, received innovation-related tax benefits, or won an innovation prize in the last 2 years[3]. Since its launch in 2014, SME Instrument attracts actors never involved in European R&I Programmes: newcomers are more and more successful in getting an SME Instrument grant (87% in 2015 compared to 80% in 2014).


Profile of the SMEs winners (2014-2016)[4]

SME Instrument is highly competitive with success rate 8% for Phase 1 and 6% for Phase 2. Spanish SMEs have been particularly successful, followed by firms from Italy, UK and Germany. Compared to other EU countries, Spain has a net of small innovative businesses and is efficient in making use of the offered by EU funding. Most of the Spanish funded companies work in the field of ICT, followed by energy efficiency and sustainable food.

It is worth noting that Italy and Spain account for the highest numbers of evaluated projects. A high number of submissions per country does not automatically correlate with a larger share of selected projects. Whereas some innovation support infrastructures encourage as many companies as possible to apply for the SME Instrument, other national and regional systems put a stronger emphasis on advice, such as determining the stage of product development at which submitting a project proposal could be the most beneficial for an SME. This approach appears to create more results (i.e. in Ireland).


Manufacturing is the most common activity for the businesses applying to SME Instrument and the ICT sector counts the biggest number of applicants and selected companies. In 2015, most of the projects funded were in the area of low-carbon energy systems. It was closely followed by food production and processing and biomarkers and medical devices. The analysis done at EASME shows that the renewable energy market is important for many sectors like manufacturing, S&T activities, Electricity, Water and waste treatment, Construction.

For the first cut-off of 2017, ICT remained the most popular topic, followed by Healthcare in biotechnology that ranked higher than usual. In fact, January cut-off was the only opportunity in 2017 to submit proposals on clinical research for validation on biomarkers that will be closed for the rest of the year. Other popular topics were Energy, Transport, Eco-innovation & raw materials and Agriculture & forestry.


The share of projects above threshold has increased over time. At the beginning of the programme 24% of projects scored above threshold. This share has almost doubled to 40% in November 2015. Applicants have clearly developed an understanding of what is expected of their applications. This has led to an increase of the overall quality of submitted project proposals during these two years.

The SME Instrument allows companies to resubmit their projects for evaluation without treating them differently from a first submission. The large majority (90%) of resubmissions are resubmitted once or twice. A majority of resubmitted projects improve their score. Around 55% of all resubmissions get a better score compared to previous submissions. Resubmissions in Phase 1 double their chance of being selected. The success rate in Phase 1 is 11% for resubmissions, compared to 7% for first time submissions. For Phase 2, the trend is less accentuated but resubmissions are still more likely to be funded (4,4%) compared to first time submissions (4,1%). In conclusion, resubmissions offer the companies an opportunity to improve their applications both in concept and in presentation, thus increasing chances of receiving funding.

For any questions or more information please contact Elena Turco.

[1] Swiss SMEs are small but international by Alexander Kuenzle, (Adapted from German by Julia Slater)

[2] EASME’s report of the first two years of implementation of the SME Instrument 2014-2015


[4] The European SME Instrument, Catalysing European Innovation by Gabriela Mara (EASME) 23rd Nov. 2016

H2020 support to SMEs in 2017

In 2017, €437.5 mio of a financial support is available support to SMEs with innovative business idea at European or global scale. For that purpose 13 topics were identified by the European Commission. Proposals can be submitted for:

Phase 1. Concept & Feasibility Assessment

Idea to concept (6 months). The European Union will provide €50 000 in funding, and carry out a feasibility study to verify the viability of the proposed disruptive innovation or concept. The SME will draft an initial business proposal (around 10 pages).

Phase 2. Demonstration, Market Replication, R&D

Concept to Market-Maturity (1-2 years) Assisted by the EU, the SME will further develop its proposal through innovation activities, such as demonstration, testing, piloting, scaling up, and miniaturisation. It will also draft a more developed business plan (around 30 pages). Proposals will be based on a business plan developed on phase 1 or otherwise. The EU aims to contribute between €0.5 million and €2.5 million.

Phase 3. Commercialisation

Prepare for Market Launch. SMEs will receive extensive support, training, mentorship and facilitating access to risk finance as the project is further polished into a marketable product.

The deadlines for submission of applications in 2017 are:

Phase 1: 15 February, 3 May, 6 September, 8 November

Phase 2: 18 January, 6 April, 1 June, 18 October

In developing innovative ideas and strategies, AMIRES can be of your help with our vast experience in this programme and expertise in SME coaching.

SMEInst-01 Open Disruptive Innovation Scheme €66    mio
SMEInst-02 Accelerating the uptake of nanotechnologies advanced materials or advanced manufacturing and processing technologies by SMEs €35.32 mio
SMEInst-03 Dedicated support to biotechnology SMEs closing the gap from lab to market €7.5   mio
SMEInst-04 Engaging SMEs in space research and development €12.6 mio
SMEInst-05* Supporting innovative SMEs in the healthcare biotechnology sector €80    mio
SMEInst-06 Accelerating market introduction of ICT solutions for Health, Well-Being and Ageing Well €12.5 mio
SMEInst-07 Stimulating the innovation potential of SMEs for sustainable and competitive agriculture, forestry, agri-food and bio-based sectors €37.87 mio
SMEInst-08 Supporting SMEs efforts for the development – deployment and market replication of innovative solutions for blue growth €12.42 mio
SMEInst-09 Stimulating the innovation potential of SMEs for a low carbon and efficient energy system €50    mio
SMEInst-10 Small business innovation research for Transport and Smart Cities Mobility €61.23 mio
SMEInst-11 Boosting the potential of small businesses in the areas of climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials €36    mio
SMEInst-12 New business models for inclusive, innovative and reflective societies €11.4 mio
SMEInst-13 Engaging SMEs in security research and development €14.67 mio
TOTAL €437.5 mio

*Submission of proposals into Phase one SMEInst-05 Supporting innovative SMEs in the healthcare biotechnology sector is no longer possible.

AMIRES and Mendel University entered into long-term cooperation

AMIRES and Mendel University in Brno (MENDELU), the oldest independent specialized university in the Czech Republic, agreed to launch a long-term cooperation, during which AMIRES consultants will be assisting the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry of the Mendel University with getting into strategically defined projects and support their preparation, technology scouting, including training of internal staff.

MENDELU Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is a part of the Central European Institute of Technology (CEITEC). Its scientific activities focus mainly on the areas of Metallomics, Bioanalytical instruments, Health, Environment, and Advanced materials. Click HERE for more.

Click HERE to find out more about AMIRES consulting models.

Intelligent Efficient Solid State Lighting – Swissphotonics Workshop

Intelligent Efficient Solid State Lighting was a subject of Swissphotonics Workshop held on 12 December, 2016,  in the Pantheon at Muttenz near Basel. Around 100 representatives from R&D, companies, light designers, architects, end-users (e.g. large retailers, etc.) attended the event. The workshop was divided into two sessions: in the first session final results of the European Project LASSIE-FP7 were presented, with focus on the development of large-area intelligent SSL modules with high efficiency and high lighting quality; the second session was devoted to technical developments and industrial applications in the field of smart lighting, spanning from components to systems, as well as on the potential of SSL for innovative solutions for human centric lighting.

Carlos Lee, EPIC: „You have a unique opportunity to network with people from BASF, Insolight, Philips Lighting, Regent , Zumtobel Lighting, Fraunhofer, Lfoundry, Swedish Energy Agency, Swiss lighting association, Albis Photonics, CSEM, Exalos, Holst Centre, HTW Chur, Rolic Technologies, TRIOPTICS, VTT, AMIRES, Bartenbach, CEA, cenogent, Electrosuisse, Empa, Gaiker, Geting, iart, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Kimoto, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences, Metas, Sefar , Swiss Federal Office of Energy, Swissflex Microelectronics, …”

Dr. Rolando Ferrini of CSEM, the coordinator of LASSIE-FP7 introduced the large area lights as an extensively used product in commercial lighting applications. „At the time of LASSIE-FP7 launch the costs for high-quality solutions were quite high and the true potential of modern technologies wasn’t utilized. Even though OLEDs constitute a possible solution for this type of lighting, their price is by far not competitive. The main challenge LASSIE-FP7 had to face was to find a concept for a thin fixture that would offer high light quality and color, or at least CCT tuneability, at a reasonable price, while having a small environmental impact. The key achievements of LASSIE-FP7 are:

  • high CRI above 90 with
  • high color accuracy within 3 to 1 step MacAdam ellipsis and
  • constant color over time due to an intelligent sensor feedback loop

Important aspects on regulations and standards and their unification in USA, Europe and China were presented by Dr. Peter Bennich. Applications for Superluminescent LEDs were presented by the company EXALOS. The role of pilotlines for OLED manufacturing and applications were presented by Dr. Erno Langendijk, coordinator of PI-SCALE project, and innovations in the software for improving the OLED performance were presented by FLUXIM. The last part of the workshop was dedicated to the effect of light on humans and the innovative solutions in the design, software programming and colour tuning. During the open discussion, current limitations and market opportunities were discussed with the strong participation of all the participants.

In the Exhibition area 16 booths were setup with innovative prototypes shown by the R&D partners, the LASSIE-FP7 demos, the REGENT Luminaires and other products and services in the light domain. 2 booths were dedicated to media partners and a booth for AMIRES. During the workshop AMIRES had the opportunity to promote its projects (including MEDILIGHT and PI-SCALE) and the AMIplexus product.

To find out more about LASSIE-FP7 technologies, Human Centric Lighting and Internet of Things, and others, see LED Professional Review (p.44 -48). To download the event presentations click HERE.

Enantis received SME grant for development of wound healing products

30 million CZK (i.e. 1.1 mil EUR) for the development of wound healing products was awarded from the H2020 SME instrument to Enantis, a biotechnological spin-off of the Masaryk University in Brno, the Czech Republic.  The funded research is based on the fibroblast growth factor, a protein used for example in the stem cells research.  It is foreseen that the project will develop products for a more effective healing of hard-to-heal wounds, such as the burns or diabetic wounds.  According to the vice-rector of the Masaryk University the project would never succeed without a close collaboration of biologists, chemists, and business and economic experts. AMIRES was happy to partner with the South Moravian Innovation Centre to support this success story.

Click HERE for an EASME article,  HERE for a TV broadcast, HERE for a press release (both in Czech).

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year by AMIRES

The entire AMIRES team would like to say thank you for all the exciting innovation endeavours we have undertaken together, making 2016 AMIRES most successful year ever.  We wish you Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! In 2017, let’s add together even more edges to your AMIplexus cooperation networks.

Swiss Entities to Claim H2020 Funding

On 16 December 2016, the Swiss Parliament adopted the application law for Art.121a of the Constitution, respecting the Bilateral Agreements with the EU in all aspects. On the same day, the Swiss Federal Council ratified the protocol extending the free movement of persons to Croatia, thus fulfilling the necessary condition for Switzerland’s full association to Horizon 2020 as of 2017.

Even though the ongoing projects are not affected by these developments, from now on the respective EU funding for the Swiss partners, as participants from associated countries, has to be claimed in all proposals. In order to receive grants, the Swiss entities have to request relevant funding through the European Commission.

According to Dr. Peter Erni, Swiss National NCP Coordinator, „In the unlikely event that Switzerland should not be associated to Horizon 2020 from 2017 onward, i.e. would have the status of an industrialised Third Country, the Federal Administration will provide national funding for the Swiss share of successful proposals. A precaution measure that is recommended is to have a least three project partners from an EU Member State or an Associated Country excluding the Swiss partner for collaborative projects.“

Click HERE for a fact sheet.

New technology lets scientists see, touch and smell on the nanoscale

Yesterday, the European Commission published in its Success stories information about a successfully finished UNIVSEM – Universal Scanning Electron Microscopyproject, which combined ‘seeing’ thanks to a scanning electron microscope that uses electrons instead of light, ‘touching’ via a scanning probe microscope that drags a tiny pin-like stylus over the surface and ‘smelling’ through chemical analysis. Dr. Rudolf Fryček, CEO and founder of AMIRES gave an interview to the European Commission press, in which he, among other things, describes how a specialized project management can free up project partners to focus on the research and technical side, which was key to the success of the UNIVSEM project.

Click HERE to read the UNIVSEM Success Story interview with Dr. Fryček.


Economic Benefits of IP for Europe

In a joint study by the European Patent Office (EPO) and the EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), an impact of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) on the European economy was analyzed.  The study found out that more than 42 % of the total economic activity in EU is generated by IPR-intensive industries.  Moreover, about 38 % of EU employment is said to arise from businesses with higher than average use of IPR.  Wages in such industries are more than 46 % higher than in other industries.

According to the EPO President Benoît Battistelli „Intellectual property assets are increasingly important for innovating companies, especially for SMEs, but also for research centres and universities. They have a positive impact on jobs, economic growth and prosperity in Europe.”

Click HERE to read more.

MOSAIC Kick-off Meeting

Kick-off meeting of anew Horizon 2020 MOSAIC project took place in Eibar (SPAIN), on 1 – 2 December, 2016.  The partners discussed technical issues relevant to the upcoming project activities and potential dissemination and exploitation routes. An outcome of this project will be the design, manufacturing and validation of an innovative CSP concept that will have low implementation costs at the highest plant efficiencies,  compared to the current state-of-the-art technologies, and that will reduce the levelized cost of electricity (LCOE). The Consortium is composed of 10 partners from 6 different EU states:

  • IK4-TEKNIKER, Spain (Coordinator)
  • AMIRES SRO, Czech Republic
  • Cockerill Maintenance & Ingénierie, Belgium
  • Senior Flexonics GmbH, Germany
  • Sirea, France

Press release of the meeting is available HEREStay tuned for the incoming news on the MOSAIC project!

ETPN RegMed WG Webinar on Nanofibrous materials – from polymeric solutions to their applications

On Wednesday, 29 November 2016,  the fourth from the series of webinars organized by AMIRES and the ETPN Regenerative Medicine Working Group (RegMed WG) took place.  This fourth event titled „Nanofibrous materials – from polymeric solutions to their applications“, was led by Dr. Marek Pokorný, Chief researcher in Nanotechnology department, and  Dr. Kateřina Knotková, Chief application researcher in Nanotechnology department, of CONTIPRO, a Czech-based producer of bioactive compounds for the pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries.

In their presentation, Drs. Pokorný and Kontková:

  • Introduced research development activities at CONTIPRO (click HERE for more information);
  • Provided information about their unique 4SPIN® technologies (i.e. electrospinning, electrospraying, electroblowing and near-field electrospinning) – a desktop electrospinning device used in the nanofiber production and the preparation of nanofiber layers from solutions of biopolymers and synthetic polymer (click HERE for more info and HERE for a video);
  • Gave examples of some targeted applications;
  • Mentioned their openness to new interesting R&D collaborations.

Click HERE to see the presentation and HERE to listen to the presentation recording.

The ETPN RegMed WG webinars are open to both ETPN members and non-members.  By presenting recent advancement of ETPN members in the Regenerative Medicine field, these webinars aim to improve know how exchange, identification of key European experts and a wider networking between ETPN members (e.g. for collaborative projects). It is also intended to keep webinars open for ETPN non-members, particularly for industrial companies, to facilitate cooperation between researchers and enterprises (mainly SMEs).

SABINA Kick-off

dsc04504On 3 – 4 November, 2016, a kick-off meeting of the new Horizon 2020 SABINA project took place.  During this first General Assembly meeting, contractual obligations have been discussed and project management procedures and plan have been agreed on by the partners, which enabled a quick start of the project work.  The main objective of SABINA is to provide a beyond state of the art technological solution that brings services to the medium and low voltage grid and will be on the market within five to ten years. SABINA focuses on energy storage and synergies between electric and thermal network and is inherently compatible with demand-response. This goal will be achieved thanks to a close collaboration of 9 partners from 7 countries, namely:




SABINA project website and more information will come soon!

AMIplexus Launch at REinEU2016

It is about a month, since the Re-Industrialization of the European Union 2016 (REinEU2016) event took place in Bratislava, Slovakia.  The conference convened hundreds of representatives from European and international research, innovation communities, and the business sector, who discussed European re-industrialization in the following sessions: Technology trends for industries, Materials for energy and automotive, Industrial symbiosis and new value chain, R&D impact for industry, Human resources in reindustrialized Europe, Financial track and innovation. An outcome of the event was a development of Bratislava Agenda: A call for a European Industrial Revolution to Re-industrialise Europe. The process established by the 2016 Dutch and Slovak Presidencies of the Council of the European Union asserts the following key pillars of Re-industrialising Europe:

  1. Focusing on distinctive European innovations, including disruptive innovations;
  2. Fostering talent and skills for innovation;
  3. Bridging the innovation divide in Europe;
  4. Developing a common ecosystem for re-industrialising Europe;
  5. Improving quality of life, protection of human health and the environment.

Read more about Bratislava Agenda.

During the event, AMIRES hosted in its stand a launch of AMIplexus, a cooperation visualization engine, is an essential tool for H2020 project coordinators, innovation project managers, group leaders, technology scouts, advisers and coaches. Demonstrated by the large interest from the audience AMIplexus is an instrument for gaining a competitive advantage when developing innovative collaborative projects and provides a fundamental overview of any type of technology of application field, including key movers and their relations.  To find out more about AMIplexus contact Dr. Rudolf Fryček.

H2020 Success Rate Down at 10,7% in 2015

The European Commission (EC) published an analysis of the first two years of the Horizon 2020 Programme (click HERE for the entire report).  To minimize the administrative burden imposed on the participants, EC has directed its efforts towards simplification, contributing to the number of applications increasing by 23.9% between 2014 and 2015 and increasing the share of new participants (incl. SMEs and large companies).  On the other hand, the success rates have dropped significantly, making the chances of obtaining funding about half they were in 7th Framework Programme (7FP). In 2015, the share of proposals receiving funding was only 10,7%, demonstrating and increasing number of high-quality proposals.

Some of the other report key takeouts:

  • In 2015, Austrian institutions had the highest success rate (13,9%), followed by Belgian and Irish organizations
  • In 2015, countries with the lowest success rates were Bulgaria (5,6%), Latvia and Hungary
  • A country with the most significant drop in the success rate between 2014 and 2015 is Latvia with 16,7% to 6,1% decrease
  • Since Horizon 2020 began, more than 39% of all applications came from university candidates, 35.2% from the private sector and 18.4% from research organisations
  • In LEIT and social challenges SMEs have received 23.7% of funding overall, and made up 27.6% of participations
  • Submissions from the US, China, Canada and Australia make up almost half of all successful applications from outside Europe
  • Time-to-grant has shortened significantly compared to 7FP, decreasing from 303 days in 7FP to 184,9 in 2015 H2020



WASCOP and MOSAIC at H2020 Coordinators’ Workshop on CSP

On 24th November 2016, the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) hosted a H2020 Coordinators’ Workshop on Concentrated Solar Power. The aim of the workshop is to investigate potential synergies between projects in the area of Concentrated Solar Power. Fabrizio Perrotta presented the dissemination and communication of the AMIRES CSP portfolio (WASCOP and MOSAIC projects) and participated in the group discussions to identify potential synergies and overlaps. The main follow up actions after the workshop are:

  • Background and methodology benchmark between Sister projects
  • Conjoint training, summer schools and workshops
  • Common booth in key CSP conferences and events
  • Increasing the stakeholders’ identification and involvement

To find out more about the event please contact Fabrizio Perrotta.

Supporting Research and Innovation Excellence in EU

In a quest to nurture research and innovation excellence across EU and closing the gap between high- and low-performing EU countries in R&I , the European Commission has selected this week 10 knowledge centres that will receive together €140 million funding from Horizon 2020. This action will help bring these centres located in low-performing countries in R&I to the level of scientific excellence. Each project will receive maximum €15 million from the so-called Teaming instrument run under Horizon 2020, which is designed to facilitate institution building in eligible countries in close cooperation with Europe’s leading scientific and innovation powerhouses. The overall budget for these measures is expected to increase during the last three years of Horizon 2020.

AMIRES was happy to support its partner HiLASE in applying for funding of a new „Centre of Excellence“ (CoE) for the industrial exploitation of new laser technology in the Czech Republic. Scientists from the Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences  and the STFC’s Central Laser Facility in Oxfordshire, UK, will work together on the 5.5 year / €45 M  project. HiLASE incorporates advanced solid state laser systems that are ideally suited to hi-tech industrial applications, opening up new processing techniques for surface hardening, semiconductor processing and micro/nano-machining, for example. Click HERE for find out more about the project.

Recipe for successful SME proposal re-submission

On 23 November, 2016, the Technology Center of the Czech Academy of Science hosted in partnership with the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic a SME Instrument Conference. The aim of the event was to support motivation and success rate of Czech entities in this specific Horizon 2020 domain.  During the conference, Elena Turco of AMIRES has delivered a presentation PHOSave: recipe for successful proposal re-submission, revealing tips and suggestions for proposal improvement.  The key takeaways are:

  • Reach out to a consultant for the interpretation of the Evaluation Summary Report (to have a third-party perspective)
  • Respect the structure of the European Commission templates
  • Organize the contents in logical sub-chapters (to help the evaluators find the key information)
  • Use tables and schemes and add quantified data (both technical and business impact related) already in the first page
  • Focus on development of a comprehensive business plan
  • Justify well the use of resources and the selection of subcontractors (not just based on quotations but covering other aspects i.e. long term cooperation, recommended by users, etc.)

For further details click HERE to see the presentation or contact Elena Turco.

WASCOP Newsletter is out

First WASCOP project newsletter has been published!  It brings you information about the past meetings of this Water Saving for Concentrated Solar Power project, upcoming events in which you can meet WASCOP representatives, or an article published on the H2020 Research and Innovation Magazine. Click HERE and enjoy the reading!

New AMIRES Services and Products Portfolio

We are pleased to announce the launch of new AMIRES Services and Products sections on AMIRES website.

AMIRES offers mix of complementary services necessary for initiating, planning, executing and managing successful cooperative research, development or innovation projects. We can support your organization in the following areas:

Moreover, as an additional support, AMIRES has developed the following products:

  • EffiBUILDING – a database which provides a constantly updated overview and benchmark for companies and research organizations from the energy efficiency field
  • AMIplexus – a cooperation visualization engine for H2020 project coordinators, innovation project managers, group leaders, technology scouts, advisors and coaches

Do note hesitate to CONTACT US for further information.