ACTTiVAte aims to foster cross-sectoral innovation among SMEs from four different sectors: aerospace, agri-food, health and ICT.
ACTTiVAte, acronym for pAn-european Clusters for Technology Transfer and new VAlue chains, allocates 85% of the project budget to SMEs. The overall concept of the ACTTiVAte project is to support innovation in SMEs and foster the smart reindustrialization of Europe. This will be achieved by enabling the emergence of new cross-border and cross-sectoral value chains resulting from the translation of advanced technologies among selected sectors with strong synergies.
ACTTiVAte will undertake 2 kinds of activities to optimize the benefits to SMEs: selected SMEs will receive direct funding for their project and are supported by coaching and training activities.
A competitive call for proposals will be launched on the 1st of June. SMEs with a project focused on technology transfer between aerospace, agri-food, health and ICT sectors can submit a proposal until the 5th of September.
After evaluation of all proposal, the top-30 selected SMEs will receive direct funding of up to 46.000€ to develop their innovative projects; they will also benefit from a complete package of business support services such as technology commercialization training workshops, mentoring, brokerage events, mobility exchange programs, investment forums and investment readiness trainings to ensure the innovative projects develop a marketable product. Another 20 SMEs will receive direct funding up to 6.000€ to develop a technology commercialization strategic plan. They can also participate in several training workshops.
Exact details on the call and the eligibility criteria can be found on the ACTTiVAte website.
The development period of the SME projects is divided in two phases. In the first phase of 3 months the SME will develop a technology commercialization strategic plan for the innovation. The first phase will be financed up to 6.000€. During the second phase of 8 months the top-30 SME’s will develop a proof of concept which will be funded with an additional 40.000€.
The project, which will run from June 2016 until May 2019, is carried out by 13 project partners located in Spain, Portugal, Poland, Ireland, The Netherlands and Belgium.
The project is funded by Horizon 2020 and the provinces Gelderland and Overijssel.