25/05/2016

Matching SMEs and talented researchers! the H2020 SME Innovation Associate

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The H2020 SME Innovation Associate is a new pilot action under the EU Research and Innovation Framework Programme 'Horizon 2020' supporting European SMEs and Start-ups to recruit post-doctoral research associates from other countries to explore an innovation business idea.

Key points

  • Early stage support
  • EU Grant covering the salary of the researcher for a period of one year
  • Training Package for Enterprises and Researchers
  • "Light" application
  • Internationalisation, mobility, innovation, excellence

Eligibility criteria

- to be a SMEs (including start-up companies) established in the EU Member States and Overseas Countries and Territories (OCT) or countries associated1 to Horizon 2020 are eligible.

- to be a PHD holder (R2 level in the European Framework for Research Careers), to have demonstrated expertise in line with the job advertisement; to comply with the Transnational mobility criteria.

The European Commission will support companies by providing international visibility to the vacancy notices; financial support to the recruitment of PhDs; tailored training assistance to the PhDs and to the supervisors in the companies.

Participation Phases

  1. Submission SMEs application - Call Deadline: 30/06/2016
    Proposals shall be submitted through the Participant Portal by 30 June 2016 at 5 PM (Brussels Time) at the latest.
  2. Publish the job offer- After the selection: 01/03-30/04/2017
    Once the European Commission has selected the (up-to) 90 SMEs and Start-ups with the most innovative ideas and best recruitment plans, job vacancies will be published on EURAXESS portal.
  3. Recruitment phase – May – June 2017
  4. Placements phase – September 2017
    Placements start for a 12 month period

For detailed information please visit the website https://ec.europa.eu/easme/en/h2020-sme-innovation-associate