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SME Instrument: what to expect in 2018-2020?

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While the last cut-off dates of the 2017 SME Instrument call for proposals are approaching, it is already time to look ahead and share some details about what applicants should expect by the new calls to be launched under the 2018-2020 Work Programmes.

Schuman Associates analysed a draft version of the new European Innovation Council pilot WP 2018-2020 that, on top of the SME Instrument, also include three other innovation support schemes: Fast Track to Innovation (FTI), FET Open and Inducement Prizes. All these schemes have been adapted to support market-creating innovation more effectively, also taking into account recommendations collected from the Horizon 2020 interim evaluation.

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B-WISER Fact Sheet

Please take a look at our new Fact Sheet on the Erasmus+ Sport project B-WISER, in cooperation with the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), the Adecco Group, research & elite sport institutions and dual career experts: https://prezi.com/view/VqG57o2nZRECxHA2MYuh/

 

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VACANCY: social media & community manager

We are currently looking for a social media & community manager for a full-time assignment with the European Commission. Please visit Work with us section for further details. We look forward to hearing from you!

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B-WISER ERASMUS+ project progress report

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On 30 April the ERASMUS+ project “B-WISER” closed its fourth month of activities. After a fruitful and interactive kick-off meeting in January, all the partners started working on the project’s implementation under the seamless coordination and supervision by the VUB.

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230 MEUR for Broadband Investments in Poland

 

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Schuman Associates has participated in the roundtable organized by Polityka Insight in Warsaw. Industry representatives gathered with Minister of Digitization Anna Streżyńska, Deputy Minister of Development Jerzy Kwieciński, and the head of Office of Electronic Communications, Marcin Cichy to discuss the main challenges and opportunities for mobile technologies investments in Poland. 

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Interview: Support Facility for the Broadband Competence Offices starting up

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The European Commission set up a Support Facility for the Broadband Competence Offices (BCOs). The Brussels-based facility is starting its operations in January 2017 and will help BCOs to share their experiences in a European network. Read the interview with Jan Dröge from Schuman Associates, who is starting up the support facility.

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B-WISER Erasmus+ project kicked-off in Verona

 

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On 25-26 January, Schuman Associates travelled to Verona, Italy, to take part to the kick-off meeting of B-WISER - “Be a Winner In Sport & Employment before and after athletic Retirement”, a brand-new EU project funded under ERASMUS+ Sport.

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Launch of the European IT Professionalism Framework

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Schuman Associates joined the launch of the new framework at a European Conference on Fostering IT Professionalism in Europe. The framework is based on four building blocks: Competences, Body of Knowledge, Education & Training and Professional Ethics.

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Erasmus+ proposal writing workshop in the Vienna University

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Schuman Associates has been invited by the Vienna University to enhance the skills of their project managers when applying for Erasmus + proposals. On the 1st and 2nd December, Isane Aparicio will be presenting the do's and dont's for a succesful proposal for the Knowledege Alliance call, which is currently open until next 28th February 2017. Check all current opportunites HERE

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EUROSTARS – funding for research-performing SMEs

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Do you run an SME and need additional funding for research?  EUROSTARS is an exciting opportunity for R&D performing SMEs. This joint programme between EUREKA and the European Commission supports the development of innovative products, process and services close to market. In the 2014-2020 period it has a total public budget of €1.14 billion

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Training "Unlocking EU Funding opportunities in Africa"

trainingOn 16th September 2016 Schuman Associates Schuman in partnership with BECI is organizing a one day Training Workshop "Unlocking EU Funding opportunities in Africa" on how to participate to financed EU projects in Africa.

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Schuman Associates Madrid office...Did you know?

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Schuman Associates Madrid Office...Did you know?

Did you know that in 2016 Spain celebrates 30 years being in the EU?

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Schuman Associates Warsaw Office…Did you know?

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Schuman Associates Warsaw Office...Did you know?

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The new era of EU Public Procurement and ESIF 2014-2020

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By April 2016, all EU Member States must transpose into their national legislations the 3 Procurement Directives adopted by the EU in 2014 as part of the Public Procurement Reform:

  1. Directive 2014/23/EU on the award of concession contracts (“Concession Directive”),
  2. Directive 2014/24/EU on public procurement (“Classical Directive”) and
  3. Directive 2014/25/EU on procurement by entities operating in the water, energy, transport and postal services sectors (“Utilities Directive”).
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Spanish participation in Interreg Europe Second Call

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Today Schuman Associates attended the info day in Madrid on second Interreg Europe call. Both, the EU Funds Unit from the Spanish Ministry of Public Affairs and the Interreg Secretariat, shared with the audience key information and advices to help Spanish participants in the process of preparation of competitive proposals for this second round.
If you are interested see below our post in Spanish.

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How to use EU funds in your business context? You can make the difference!

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From connectivity and digital skills to public services, EU countries have made progress since last year which marked the launch of the Digital Single Market Strategy by the European Commission. Yes, the EU is progressing, but slowly.

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How to Find and Choose a Horizon 2020 Partner?

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Due to the high specialisation of each organisation, it is crucial to collaborate with other bodies to benefit from synergies and from  different expertise.  But how to find the right partner for the right project? This is a big challenge for every instituion involved in Horizon 2020 projects, might it be industries, research organisations, SMEs, or universities.

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Doing direct business with EU decentralised agencies

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Distinct from the well-known Brussels-based institutions, decentralised agencies are another important component of the European Union ecosystem. These bodies have been set up by the EU in different Member States to carry out technical, scientific or managerial tasks that help institutions make and implement policies.

 

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SME Instrument – how to avoid failure?

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The SME Instrument under the Horizon 2020 has since its launch in 2014 attracted more than 10.000 individual applications, but only 12% of them are good enough to be considered for funding.

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Working together to create growth

In February 2016 Schuman Associates Brussels Headquarters and local offices gathered together for the annual «Away Day» to share best practices, reflect on company's values and present the business strategies for 2016.

 

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