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The Fast Track to Innovation (FTI) provides funding for bottom-up proposals for close-to-market innovation activities in any area of technology or application.
The European Innovation Council (EIC) Fast Track to Innovation (FTI) is a fully-bottom-up innovation support programme promoting close-to-market innovation activities. It is part of the European Horizon 2018-2020 work programme and was launched on 27th October 2017. Proposals are built on a business plan and focus foremost on achieving high impact. Fast Track to Innovation targets relatively mature, ground-breaking new technologies, concepts, processes and business models that need final development to be able to shape a new market and achieve wider deployment.
The FTI’s aim is to:
The Fast Track to Innovation offers a maximum EU contribution of €3M per proposal with a funding rate of:
The overall budget for 2019 is €100m which is divided equally between the cut off dates below.
Proposals can be submitted at any time during the three-year programme and the deadlines for 2019 Fast Track to Innovation proposals are:
Fast Track to Innovation proposals needs to be ‘business-driven’ as the fund aims to give breakthrough innovation ideas the last push before shaking up the market. Proposals for funding should be submitted by a consortia consisting of 3-5 legal entities established in at least three different EU Member States or countries associated to Horizon 2020. Educational institutes and research organisations can form part of the consortia providing the following mandatory requirement must be met:
If you are an SME and unable or not willing to form a consortium, then the Horizon 2020 SME Instrument may be a more suitable option.
If your business is looking for substantial funding to test, demonstrate and validate your innovation before full commercial roll-out, then the Fast Track to Innovation fund is for you.
If your proposal involves technological innovation, your consortium should declare that the technology or the technologies concerned are at least at Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 6. The intention will be to bring the TRL up to 8 for technological innovations and to a comparable level of maturity for nontechnological innovations during the lifetime of the FTI action.
Fast Track to Innovation proposals can come from any industry and must relate to the specific objective “Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies” and/or to any of the specific objectives under the priority “Societal challenge” as set out by Horizon 2020.
The maximum length of a Fast Track to Innovation proposal is 30 pages and typical preparation time takes around 500 hours of work. You will need the right combination of people to cover the application’s key aspects: the technology, market knowledge, commercialisation plan, and financial details.
Fast Track to Innovation proposals are evaluated by independent experts.
Once you have submitted a proposal, the Commission:
In the evaluation process, proposals are given scores for excellence, impact, and quality and efficiency of implementation – based on the Standard Evaluation Criteria.
A panel then checks that the evaluation criteria have been consistently applied to all proposals for the same call.
Coordinators and Participant Contacts are informed by the Evaluation Results Letter of how their proposal did in the evaluation. Following the evaluation round, grant preparations are opened for the highest-scoring proposals.
Your Fast Track to Innovation proposal is more likely to succeed if it:
For the Fast Track to Innovation, the grant body aims to inform you within 10/12 weeks after submission whether or not your application meets the necessary thresholds in order to be considered fundable. You will be told if your proposal will be funded after the relevant cut-off date, which occurs every three months.
For an FTI, there is an advance payment of up to 80% of the grant for all partners to the coordinating company, minus 5% retained by a guarantee fund. The balance of payment will be made at month 12 and month 24.
Myriad Associates have an enviable track record with R&D grant applications. Using our grant application services can give you a significant competitive advantage over other grant applicants.
We assess your chances of success
We hold a workshop session with you
We help you prepare your grant application
We submit your grant application
We help you comply with the conditions of your grant
We take care of your application from start to finish
Project Assessment – Initial consultation to discuss your project and assess its chances of success (up to 1hr free consultation)
Workshop Session – Our specialist consultants discuss all the relevant technical, commercial, and financial details of your project with you during a workshop session. We then generate a gap analysis & allocates tasks accordingly.
Grant Writing – We will provide you with full access to our grant templates & optimise your application to maximise your chance of success.
Submission and Feedback – We complete the online registration process and submit the grant application on your behalf. Grant assessors provide feedback on both successful and unsuccessful grant applications, and we review this feedback with you to give you on-going advice and guidance.
Compliance and Monitoring – When your grant application is approved, we can help you prepare & complete all documentation requests from the grant body.
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