Frequently Asked Questions

11. What is a KETs Technology Centre?
KETs Technology Centres are public or private organisations carrying out applied research and innovation in technology readiness levels TRL 2 to 8 in key enabling technologies (KETs); providing at least one type of technological service and infrastructure to industry and SMEs in TRL 5 to 8; comprising technological service and infrastructure for validation, demonstration, proof of concept/lab testing, prototype development and testing, pilot production, demonstration/pilot lines/pre-series and product validation/certification. This definition is based on KET TC mapping by the European Commission’s DG Growth.
23. Which sectors are supported by KET Technology Centres?
  • Aeronautics &space
  • Automotive/transportation
  • Chemical industry
  • Construction and building sector
  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Food
  • Electronics, computer, communication
  • Measurement
  • Medical and Healthcare
  • Machinery/Equipment/Automation
  • Textile
35. What is the definition of clean production in the KET4CleanProduction call for a micro grant?
The definition of clean production comprises one of the following:
  • Development of new production processes,
  • Improvement of the manufacturing of existing products by reducing production costs,
  • Improvement of the manufacturing of existing products by reducing the reliance on raw materials,
  • Improvement of the manufacturing of existing products by reducing the consumption of energy during the whole life cycle of products,
  • Diminution of the adverse impacts on the environment by reducing the generation of waste and pollution emission.
47. What could the services of KET Technology Centres include?
The services of KET Technology Centres could include:
  • Research and innovation activities in the range from Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 4 to 8, with a focus on higher TRLs;
  • Research and innovation activities at state-of-the-art technology facilities, including for example demonstration, testing, pilot production and related engineering activities.
The technology services may also include feasibility studies, where necessary. However, they will be complemented by non-technology expertise and advice to SMEs, achieving one of the following business KPI’s:
  • advice on business planning,
  • market analysis,
  • advice on training of workers on their involvement in the company project,
  • advice on the work organisations at the factory floor,
  • brokerage to private finance for further investment etc.
  • o as necessary to ensure the success of the projects and maximize their impacts for the SMEs.
59. Can SMEs receive the micro grant multiple times?
No. Each SME can receive financial support through a micro grant only once.
611. What is the maximum amount of a micro grant?
The maximum amount of the financial support is EUR 50 000 per applicant (30% of total project costs should be carried by SME).
713. Where and how can I submit my technology request?
Interested SMEs should download technology request (TR) form via KET4CP web platform (www.ket4sme.eu/micro-grants) and send them as a PDF document per e-mail to info@ket4sme.eu with the subject “KET4CP | Technology Request | Submission”. The SME will receive an e-mail acknowledging the receipt of the submission.
815. How long is the duration of a micro grant project?
The maximum duration of the micro grant project is six months.
917. Can I submit a micro grant proposal several times as long as it wasn’t granted once?
Yes, as long as your proposal has not been successful (granted) you can rewrite your micro grant proposal and re-submit it.
1019. What if my proposal is late?
Late proposals can only be considered in the next cut-off date. If the last cut-off day has passed, the proposals will not be evaluated.
1121. Do I have to submit a technology request or can I directly submit a full micro grant proposal?
You have to submit a technology request first, to receive a list of suitable KET TCs that expressed some interest for your requests. Based on this you can decide with which KET TCs you would like to work with. If you already know two KET TCs, that are able to support you in a clean production challenges, are interested in the submission of the proposal and are registered (1) on the KET TC mapping by the European Commission’s DG Growth on and (2) on the KET4CP mapping you can go straight away to the proposal writing and submission.
1223. What are the rules for sustainability, period of sustainability?
The sustainability phase starts in January 2021 after the end of the KET4CP project. During this phase KET TCs and EEN partners are invited to register on the ket4sme.eu platform and benefit from an automatic matching service linking SMEs with KET TCs across Europe. The format for sustainability phase is still developing. Additionally, on the web portal ket4sme.eu, time lines for the three phases of the KET4CP project are shown.
1325. Is funding possible in sustainability phase?
In sustainability phase, no micro grant is given. The SME pays the KET TCs totally with its own budget.
1427. The call for the micro grants is also published on the EU Participant Portal and is very similar to H2020 calls, which involve third party funding. Are there any specific regulations (conditions etc.) which are relevant and compulsory for the SME?
Indeed it is required by the European Commission to publish the call on the EU Participant Portal. That is the case for all EU-H2020 Projects, that involve the third party funding. To our best knowledge, all relevant documents, definitions and guidelines related to the open call for the micro grants in the framework of the KET4CP Call has been published at www.ket4sme.eu/microgrants. There are NO additional separate requirements coming from H2020, that needs to be considered by the SME applicant.
12. What is the KET4CleanProduction call opening date?
Opening date of the call: 1.06.2018
24. What is the KET4CleanProduction call closing date?
Closing date of the call: 29.04.2020
36. Who is going to evaluate the applications for a micro grant?
The evaluation is done by the KET4CleanProduction External Evaluation Board. These are independent experts in the field. It is assured that there is no potential conflict of interest. A non-disclosure agreement between evaluators and coordinator will be signed to ensure the confidentiality of the proposal.
48. What is going to be evaluated in a micro grant proposal?
Evaluation criteria for micro grant proposals are closely aligned with the criteria for research and innovation actions under the research and innovation programme H2020 comprising:
  • Criteria 1: Excellence (considering the soundness of service concept and its innovation potential);
  • Criteria 2: Impact (considering impact including industrial relevance and business strategy);
  • Criteria 3: Quality of implementation (considering quality of work plan and resource deployment).
There is a threshold score of 4 for each criterion (in total 12 out of 15). Each criterion will carry a score on a scale from 0 to 5 (giving full point scores).
510. Can applicants withdraw from the process and for what reason?
Some exit points are foreseen in the process, where either SME or KET TCs can withdraw from the process. The withdrawal from the process is possible if:
  • Offered KET TC and technical challenge of SME do not fit together;
  • SME cannot ensure provision of the co-financing;
  • KET TC(s) is/are cannot provide sufficient work as planned with the SME
  • Compliance criteria either of an SME and/or an SME’s request do not fit to the necessary requirements of the KET4CP project;
If during the project duration KET4CP is running out of budget for the micro grants the applicants will be notified accordingly. The applicant can then exit the micro grant process at any time and at any process step.
612. Where can I find more information on the KET4CleanProduction micro grant call?
The complete information on the call for micro grants you can find in the Guide for Applicants, that is downloadable on KET4CP webpage via: https://www.ket4sme.eu/micro-grants
714. Where and how can I submit my proposal for a micro grant?
Interested SMEs should download application documents via the KET4CP web platform (www.ket4sme.eu/micro-grants) and send them as one PDF document per e-mail to info@ket4sme.eu with the subject “KET4CP | MGP | Submission”. The SME will receive an e-mail acknowledging the receipt of the submission.
816. Can the application for a micro grant be submitted in any language?
No. The proposal must be written in English.
918. What are the cut-off dates to apply for a micro grant project?
Proposals can be submitted any time until 29 April 2020. There are 8 cut-off days in total at 1700h Brussels local time on: 31st July 2018, 31st October 2018, 31st January 2019, 30th April 2019, 31st July 2019, 31st October 2019, 31st January 2020, 30th April 2020 at which submitted propsals will be evaluated.
1020. Who is eligible to participate in the KET4CleanProduction call for a micro grant?
All small and medium-sized enterprises according to the EU definition and that are based in one of the EU member states or H2020 associated countries. For details, see eligibility criteria in the Guide for Applicants.
1122. What are the eligible costs of the grant?
The micro grant will be provided as a lump sum to the SME. That means no evidence of the cost has to be provided. The micro grant must be spent on a micro grant project with two KET TCs as stated in the Micro Grant Proposal.
1224. Who can audit the SME granted 50kEUR in implementation, if there is an audit authority?
The micro grant (50kEUR as 70% funding) will be given as a lump sum. Therefore no audit is required.
1326. Is there any special rule for IP rights for SMEs and KET TCs according to the result of the project.
IP rights are handled through a bilateral agreement between the SME and KET TCs.

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