Application Process

Applying for financial aid can be complicated, so in order to simplify the application process for INCluSilver’s innovation vouchers, we have outlined the details below.

The last deadline was 15/02/2019 and no further calls will open.

In order to apply, applicants must meet the following criteria. If they do not, the voucher request will be rejected.

  • The applicant must be:
    • legally established as a business
    • registered in one of the following member states:
      • Denmark
      • France
      • Greece
      • Hungary
      • Republic of Ireland
      • Spain
      • Sweden
      • United Kingdom
    • NB! SME’s from Italy are no longe able to apply.
    • a small and medium-sized enterprise or micro-enterprise according to EU rules*. This entails one of the following:
      • a staff headcount under 250
      • a turnover total of €50 m
      • a balance sheet total of €43 m
  • The application must have/be:
    • a valid VAT number
    • the relevant declaration(s)
    • a signature
    • submitted within the deadline via e-mail in PDF format
    • no longer than 10 pages (excluding CVs)
  • Finally, the purpose of the project must be in line with the purpose of the Innovation Voucher Scheme Call.

NB! If CV(s) has not been attached, it must be sent via e-mail within 5 days. Otherwise, the application will be rejected.

*Read the EU’s full definition of SMEs here.

The application period for the innovation vouchers takes approx. 3 months and the evaluation period takes approx. 1 month.

The entire voucher process – from beginning to end – is depicted in the diagram below:

*The national implementing body is the cluster or institute representing the member country.

**The Funding Release Management Board is composed of a representative from each partner.

The Innovation Support Services (ISS) aim to offer innovation support to the participants of the different IVS calls for proposals launched during the project, and therefore, bridge gaps between high and low-performing serviced participants.

In this respect, the Innovation Support Services will consist of a first step for assessing and redirecting new cross-sectoral and cross-border innovative projects in order to boost their potential. INCluSilver will provide applicants with a first basic level of support aimed at providing innovation support services to entrepreneurs and SMEs to assess their potential and pave the way for further development of their innovative ideas or business projects in the main INCluSilver areas of intervention through IVS.

The ISS are offered by the INCluSilver partners and target the enhancement of entrepreneurial and innovation skills and the provision of professional training and expert services to the larger European SME community, and mostly, to those SMEs that belong to the direct outreach of INCluSilver partners.

Read more about the ISS in the Innovation Support Services Handbook here.

Starting January 2018, a series of webinars regarding the Innovation Support Services will be aired for applicants. The dates will be announced soon.

More information to come

INCluSilver includes partners from:

Covering the agro-food, health, ICT, packaging, and creative industries sectors (part of five emerging industries comprised of Food, Personalised Medicine, Mobile Services, Mobility, and Creative)