Seal of Excellence Initiative
The Commission launched a new initiative, “Seal of Excellence”, which aims to allow regions to recognise the quality label awarded to promising project proposals submitted under H2020 and promote their access to different funding sources like the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) and other national or regional investment programmes. It is given to those projects which succeeded in passing all the selection and award criteria of the H2020 evaluation, but could not be funded under the available Call budget. In its pilot phase, the „Seal of Excellence“ will first be given to proposals by small and medium enterprises (SMEs) submitted under the SME instrument of Horizon 2020. The action could then be extended to cover more areas of Horizon 2020. You can find more information on the website of the initiative.