If you are an SME interested in exploring the potential of an innovative idea and turn it into an innovation programme but the skills required for this innovation idea are not within your reach at national level, this is an opportunity to receive the needed funds to employ a post doctoral researcher for one year, all costs covered!
The SME Innovation Associate is a new pilot action under Horizon 2020 – the nearly € 80 billion EU Research and Innovation Framework Programme until the year 2020. The action supports European Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) and start-ups to recruit post-doctoral research associates from other countries to help them develop creative business ideas into concrete innovations. The grant funds 100% of the salary of an “innovation associate” for a period of one year for an SME to have access to skills knowledge.
The first "innovation associates" supported by the 2016-2017 pilot started working in SMEs as of September 2017 onwards. A continuation of the pilot action, which is part of the Innovation in SMEs work programme 2016-2017., this call is intended to support an indicative total number of 80-100 assignments from an indicative budget of € 4 500 000, using the lump sum funding pilot scheme.
Please find all information related to the call here.
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