2.500.000 EUR for funding your R&D

SME Instrument is your opportunity to receive up to 2.5. million EUR of EU funding for development and commercialization of your innovation. The received funding will help you reduce the risks and bridge the funding gap for demonstration and scale-up of your innovation into market ready products.

HOW ARE THESE TOOLS DIFFERENT FROM ON-LINE MATERIAL?

THE SECRETS OF WINNING THE SME INSTRUMENT AND CONSISTENTLY PREPARING SUCCESSFUL PROPOSALS

All the most powerful tools, secrets, tips and tricks on the SME Instrument and how you can apply them to your proposal now.

Avoid the critical mistakes in writing the SME Instrument proposals and stop wasting your company's money, time and energy!

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Pro Toolbox contains all essential tools for effective proposal writing, with practical knowledge and useful secrets, not available anywhere else:

  • Manual, 
  • Proposal Template
  • Ultimate Self-Assessment Tool

 

WHAT YOU’LL DISCOVER ON THIS PAGE

  • Tools and Resources For Writing SME Instrument Proposals
  • The Astonishing Power of Well Designed Proposals
  • Effective Time- and Cost-Saving Tools For Winning the SME Instrument
  • Improve Your Skills for Writing SME Instrument proposals – Guaranteed

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Trusted by consulting companies in 36 countries

Used by start-ups and mature companies

Best SME Instrument tools available

ALES PUSTOVRH, ABC ACCELERATOR, EU funding consultant
These tools are great and very helpful. Morover the manual has lots of insight. I especially loved the check lists and the additional instructions on what to include in the proposal.  

TOMAS SALAMON, Incomaker.com
The book helped us a lot with our preparation of H2020 proposal. Writing a good paper is still really complex job, but the book allows to avoid unnecessary mistakes and makes many things much clearer.

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Our partnership with H2020 Manuals is born from our responsibility to point SMEs toward the most helpful resources available. These tools come recommended by us and provide thousands of euros worth of consultancy advice for the price of a book. They are a must read for any SME seeking to gain Horizon 2020 funding.

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WHY ARE WE OFFERING THIS?

GET FUNDED UNDER THE H2020 SME INSTRUMENT

1.905 companies already funded

Significant and non-refundable financing has attracted thousands of companies that have recognized the opportunity to get financing without diluting the ownership. 1.905 European companies have already received funding to develop their innovation without the need for borrowing or searching alternative investment sources.

DISCOVER HOW OUR CLIENTS ARE USING THESE TOOLS

EU consultants

  • use it as a handbook when writing proposals
  • save time when introducing new consultants to the SME Instrument
  • improve the process of proposal preparation for their clients

Start-ups and innovative SMEs

  • use them as valuable resources for gaining H2020 funds for developing their innovations
  • learn how to pitch their business ideas
  • learn everything they need to know about building a winning proposal

WHAT IT TAKES TO GET THE FUNDING

A Great Business Idea

The aim of the instrument is to fund disruptive ideas and transform them into concrete innovative solutions with a European and global impact. But having a great innovation is not enough to win the SME Instrument funding, because the evaluators are flooded with outstanding innovations and only a fragment of them can get funded.

An Outstanding Proposal

If you want to attract evaluator’s attention, you must also focus on the formatting and visual design. The exceptionally prepared proposal often makes the difference between failure and success. Researchers from the elite Carnegie Mellon Univeristy proved that visual design is an important part of any document. Visual elements, formatting and layout design, can significantly improve the readers' understanding of the content as well as their perceptions of the people that created the documents.

Second time applicants

  • use it to better interpret their initial evaluation results 
  • learn how to identify and improve the critical elements of their proposals

Academic spin-offs

  • use them to upgrade their existing H2020 knowledge
  • learn how to improve the business aspects of their proposal
  • learn how to improve the "Impact" section of their proposals

Based on winning proposals

Systematic analysis of winning proposals enabled us to gather approaches, methods and techniques that proved to consistently deliver highest evaluation scores.

Tips and tricks based on evaluators' insights

Series of useful tips and tricks on how to build an optimal and winning proposal gathered from insights of several SME instrument evaluators.

Best-practice examples

Best-practice examples enable a lot easier preparation and replication of approaches used by SME winners .

 

A great Idea is not enough

An excellent project proposal is essential. In order to prepare one, most winners have relied on outsourced EU proposal experts. But good experts are expensive and have only limited time. This means that organisations, that already have funding, also have the best chances to succeed. But it should be exactly the opposite. The EU funds should support those projects that cannot be realized due to lack of or insufficient funding.

Fair opportunity for everyone

We decided to change this and give everybody a fair opportunity to get their project funded. This is how the H2020 Manuals were born. We decided to share our knowledge and know-how in this manual and make it accessible to larger public at just a fraction of the regular cost. In this way we can help more great ideas succeed and we give an opportunity to all those, who cannot afford a one-on-one consultancy.

Our experience shows that...

Most of the winning proposals use similar writing approach, formation and tricks that allow them to be assessed fast and earn exceptional evaluation scores. On the other hand, most of the rejected SME Instrument proposals fail to deliver the right information, contain fatal mistakes or drop out essential but not obvious elements that are critical for success.

Business Incubators

  • use them to spread the knowledge about the SME Instrument funding possibilities among their start-up and early stage companies
  • increase their participation and success rates

KATARZYNA BARTKOWIAK, RCIiTT
The manual is really useful. I use it in my everyday work and it helps me a lot. I took part in preparation of several SME Instrument applications (successful too) but although I am quite experienced your publication brought some very interesting insights.

GET ALL THE ANSWERS ON HOW TO PREPARE A WINNING PROPOSAL

With our manuals you will be able to replicate the best practices used by winning SME Instrument proposals and also to:

  • step-by-step lead the team that prepares the proposal
  • develop the right strategy for the proposal
  • design optimal formatting and document structuring
  • understand the evaluation process and exact evaluation criteria 
  • save enormous time otherwise spent on getting through 450+ pages of documentation available online

MANUALS

SAVE TIME WITH PROFESSIONAL PROPOSAL TEMPLATES

With our proposal templates you will be able answer to all necessary questions and include all essential elements and also to:
  • present data with editable visuals
  • make the best use of formatting and visuals
  • save your energy and time spent on styling
  • focus entirely on the content, instead of spending time on layout and formatting

PROPOSAL TEMPLATES

MAKE SURE YOUR PROPOSAL MEETS ALL THE EVALUATION SUB-CRITERIA

With our self-assessment tool you will be able to recognize the strengths and weaknesses of the proposal and also to:
  • recognize and avoid mistakes that could kill the proposal
  • understand the full potential of the innovation
  • better allocate the time and effort when preparing the proposal
  • prepare a winning SME Instrument proposal in accordance with the actual evaluation criteria

SPECIAL SELF-ASSESMENT TOOL

GET HIGH-QUALITY FEEDBACK FROM EXPERIENCED EVALUATORS

 

With our proposal clinics, where experienced SME experts will simulate the official evaluation procedure, you will be able to:
  •  improve the proposal through tips and recommendations
  • understand the stregths, weaknesses and overall potential of the proposal
  • focus on the important elements of the proposal
  • meet the real evaluation criteria, which will significantly improve proposal scores

PROPOSAL CLINICS

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TOOLS FOR SME INSTRUMENT PHASE 1

TOOLS FOR SME INSTRUMENT PHASE 2

PRO Toolbox - SME Instrument Phase 1

Pro Toolbox contains all essential tools for effective proposal writing, with practical knowledge and useful secrets on how to write a successful SME Instrument Phase 1 proposal, not available anywhere else:

  • Phase 1 Guidebook (paperback, 191 pages)
  • Phase 1 Proposal Template (document file)
  • Phase 1 Special Self-Assessment Tool (online access)

 

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PRO Toolbox - SME Instrument Phase 2

Pro Toolbox contains all essential tools for effective proposal writing, with practical knowledge and useful secrets on how to write a successful SME Instrument Phase 2 proposal, not available anywhere else:

  • Phase 2 Guidebook (paperback, 203 pages)
  • Phase 2 Proposal Template (document file)
  • Phase 2 Special Self-Assessment Tool (online access)

 

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HOW OUR TOOLS HELP YOU OBTAIN FUNDING

Everything you need in one place

When planning the proposal preparation, our tools offer everything you need to know in one place, including formal requirements, instructions on where and how to start, how to divide tasks in proposal writing team.

Step-by-step guidance

During the proposal writing, our tools will help you with step-by-step guidance and best practice examples. Ready to use proposal templates will help you save time and effort on structuring and formatting the proposal with pre-defined chapters and editable visuals

 

 

Identify strengths and weaknesses

After you have roughly finished the proposal, self-assessment tool will help you identify strengths and weaknesses of your proposal so that you will know on which parts to focus your attention and energy to meet the evaluation criteria. Proposal clinic is a step further in improving the proposal. Experienced evaluators will examine your proposal and give you concrete advice and suggestions for improvement which will significantly improve your chances of winning funding.

 

Step-by-step guidance

Practical step-by-step guidance through the proposal demonstrate what to and how to write each part of the proposal, simply and to the point.

 

Highly interactive

Our on-line self-evaluation tools enable timely assessment and optimisation of the quality of the proposal. Moreover you can improve your proposals with our live Proposal clinics that give you first-hand expert insights.

 

From planning to submission

Our tools cover the entire process from project planning and optimization to submission and eventual resubmission of the proposal. All the resources you need in order to secure SME Instrument funding are included in our Toolboxes

 

Time efficient

Our proposal templates include optimal proposal structure, instructions on how to write every part of the proposal, with built-in pre-formatted key tables and visuals, enabling quick and comprehensive preparation of a winning SME Instrument proposal.

 

Comprehensive information in one place

Our tools offer an extract of all the key information on SME instrument and instructions for building the proposal in one place. No more wondering through limitless sources of scattered information all over the web.

 

Customized to your needs

Our proposal clinics offer expert assessment, simulating the official evaluation process and customized one-on-one consultation for improvement of every part of your project and proposal.

 

Most of proposals are not of sufficient quality, even though this is the key to winnning the funding, says the head of SME Instrument at the EU.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Authors of the manuals are an international team of experts with years of direct and hands-on experience in EU funding and have successfully consulted, cooperated, evaluated and managed several EU projects.

Manuals are published by Replika PRO ltd., one of the leading companies in obtaining EU funds for clients that has contributed to the realization of more than 27.5 millions of euros in EU funded projects of innovative companies and research organizations.

Dr. Borut Del Fabbro is an EU funding specialist with a long record of successful EU project development. He has planned and coordinated numerous successful proposals and participated in several EU funded projects. For the last couple of years, he is also a H2020 evaluator. He is a tireless executive with a broad set of knowledge ranging from project appraisal and financing to leadership and marketing skills.

Rok Berovič is a project and business development manager with a proven expertise in project management, business planning and strategy, market research, and project planning and implementation. His skills and knowledge have contributed to realization of multiple H2020, Eurostars and other EU funded proposals.

Dr. Benjamin Leskovec has more than 10 years of experience in EU funding programmes. As an accomplished entrepreneur, he is known for his ability to recognize feasible project opportunities. He has thus contributed to development and preparation of several EU proposals that led to projects with meaningful outcomes for participants and European society in general.

Helena Suárez Lozano is a visual communication expert. She specializes in creating compelling and effective document designs that facilitate reading and conveying of ideas.

Anja Bartol has international experience and specializes in writing the Impact section of H2020 proposals. She has extensive knowledge of the European Commission and expertise with funding programmes like FP7, Horizon 2020, COSME, and Eurostars. She contributed to the thoroughness of the section dedicated to the impact.