2020 was not the year most of us had planned and is – finally – coming to an end.
In 1st Mile, we were challenged by a few Covid-19 related extraordinary calls which tested our ability to jump into new, unexpected application formats and fields. We worked hard to secure funding for innovative solutions helping to fight the pandemic or to secure funding for companies in distress.
And what now? Covid-19 affected the normal timeline and schedule leading to the new, upcoming 2021 calls. Below is an overview of open calls and upcoming deadlines in the next few months:
Open calls right now:
European Green Deal call:the last Horizon 2020-funded European Green Deal Call is a €1 billion call for research and innovation projects that respond to the climate crisis and help protect Europe’s unique ecosystems and biodiversity. Deadline: 26th January 2021 Additional information:Green Deal Call
2. Genstart.nu: genstartNU.dk is an initiative launched by Industriens Fond to assist SMEs in Denmark during the Covid-19 pandemic, by allocating DKK 150 mio to support companies in distress in different areas. 1st Mile offers 15, 30 or 50-hour free consulting packages on available funding opportunities. Deadline: open for applicants until May 2021 Additional information:Genstart.nu or contact Project Lead Heidi Ann Vorgaard Andersen, at firstname.lastname@example.org
3. Copenvirk: Would you like to get 4 -15 million DKK to accelerate your business development and become first-mover with a new technology? CopenVirk – a project by the Greater Copenhagen EU Office (GCPHEU) – is a free public service to help you get started. Deadline: ongoing throughout 2021 Additional information: Copenvirk or contact Project Lead Heidi Ann Vorgaard Andersen, at email@example.com
Horizon Europe: the end of 2020 also marks the end of Horizon 2020, the EU’s biggest research and innovation programme, offering nearly €80 billion between 2014 and 2020. The Commission is already working on Horizon Europe, an ambitious €100 billion research and innovation programme running from 2021 to 2027 to succeed Horizon 2020. Calls for 2021 should have been in January 2021 but have been postponed due to Covid-19. Calls and deadlines: official calls are not out yet, but the first ones are likely to be at the beginning of June 2021 Additional information:Horizon Europe
EUDP: the Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Program is a funding scheme under the Danish Energy Agency supporting private danish companies and universities to develop and demonstrate new and innovative energy technologies. The program supports a wide spectrum of green energy technologies and solutions. Calls and deadlines: official calls are not out yet, but the first ones are likely to be at the beginning of March Additional information:EUDP
3. Innovation Fund:Innovation Fund Denmark invests in the best research and innovation projects with the potential to create knowledge, growth and employment in Denmark.
– Grand Solutions: Do you have a visionary and ambitious research project that makes a difference – even on a global scale Grand Solutions projects are characterised by a high-risk profile and focus on ambitious results with high-value creation whether in the form of new knowledge, improvement of/or new processes, systems, products or solutions to societal challenges. Deadline: 11 February 2021 Additional information: IFGS
– Innobooster: Are you a company with a development project that can grow? Innobooster is a grant to companies that wish to develop and make a new product or service ready for the market or to improve a process that increases the company’s competitiveness and creates growth. The grant may help reduce the company’s project-related risks. Application period: the official application period is not open yet, but is likely to open in January 2021 Additional information: Innobooster
Would you like to get 4 -15 million DKK to accelerate your business development and become first-mover with a new technology? CopenVirk – a project by the Greater Copenhagen EU Office (GCPHEU) – is a free public service to help you get started. 1st Mile has been chosen to provide its consultancy services to help companies identify and apply for relevant EU funding opportunities.
Since CopenVirk started in 2015, the GCPHEU has helped more than 150 companies start a process of applying for EU-support and more than 30% of the application were approved, leading to more than 300 million DKK in EU- support to these companies. The EU can fund approx. 70% of the cost of projects on researching new technologies, developing a prototype or demonstrating of a prototype.
To have a good chance in the tough competition for funds, the product must be new to the world and have a very high commercial potential.
The free CopenVirk service includes:
Identification of the EU program fitting your development needs best
Guidance on how ambitious the project has to be to get funded
Validation of the chances to get EU funding
Preparation of a project outline on 2-3 pages
Secure a Danish subsidy for the writing process (if possible) CopenVirk is financed by municipalities in Eastern Denmark and lead by GCPHEU. The service is brought to you in cooperation with the regional business hubs and local business promoters.
HOW IT WORKS: 1. Objective guidance in EU funding by GCPHEU – 30 minutes on the phone 2. Validation of EU program match and guidance on the application with a private consultancy – meeting at the company for 1 hour. 3. Follow-up on the project and application by the private consultancy via e- mail 4. After the CopenVirk service has ended, the company will have to write the application for EU funding or pay a consultant to do it.
ABOUT GREATER COPENHAGEN EU OFFICE GCPHEU represents the Capital Region of Denmark, Zealand Denmark, the 46 municipalities in the regions, University of Copenhagen, Technical University of Denmark, Copenhagen Business School, and Roskilde University. IT works to engage and assist public and private actors in the Capital Region and Region Zealand in obtaining EU support.
GCPHEU launched its corporate service called CopenVirk on 1 July 2015 with the aim of creating more and better applications from companies in the Capital Region in order to attract more EU funds to companies. Following the merger between Copenhagen EU Office and Zealand Denmark EU Office, which entered into force on 1 January 2019, CopenVirk has also covered companies in Region Zealand. This tender thus builds on an existing service with the focus on doing more for companies that would not otherwise have applied for EU support, while the service supports the largest possible repatriation of EU funds to companies in all 46 municipalities in Eastern Denmark. , which finances the business service.
For more information read here or reach out to our Project Lead, Heidi Ann Vorgaard Andersen, at firstname.lastname@example.org
The European Commission has decided to launch a €1 billion call for research and innovation projects that respond to the climate crisis and help protect Europe’s unique ecosystems and biodiversity. The Horizon 2020-funded European Green Deal Call is now open for registration and will spur Europe’s recovery from the coronavirus crisis by turning green challenges into innovation opportunities.
Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth:
“The €1 billion European Green Deal call is the last and biggest call under Horizon 2020. With innovation at its heart, this investment will accelerate a just and sustainable transition to a climate-neutral Europe by 2050. As we do not want anyone left behind in this systemic transformation, we call for specific actions to engage with citizens in novel ways and improve societal relevance and impact.”
This Green Deal Call differs in important aspects from previous Horizon 2020 calls. Given the urgency of the challenges it addresses, it aims for clear, discernible results in the short to medium-term, but with a perspective of long-term change. There are fewer, but more targeted, larger and visible actions, with a focus on rapid scalability, dissemination and uptake.
The projects funded under this call are expected to deliver results with tangible benefits in the ten following areas.
Eight thematic areas reflecting the key work streams of the European Green Deal:
Increasing climate ambition
Clean, affordable and secure energy
Industry for a clean and circular economy
Energy and resource efficient buildings
Sustainable and smart mobility
Farm to fork
Biodiversity and ecosystems
Zero-pollution, toxic-free environments
And two horizontal areas – strengthening knowledge and empowering citizens, which offer a longer-term perspective in achieving the transformations set out in the European Green Deal.
The deadline for submissions is 26 January 2021, with selected projects expected to start in autumn 2021.