Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is INNOLABS about?

Project INNOLABS aims at creating new value chains in healthcare by accelerating the development and market adoption of new disruptive products and services. INNOLABS’ main objective is to support SMEs in creating solutions for personalised healthcare by leveraging cross sectorial collaboration potential among Information Communication Technologies (ICT), Medical Devices and Biotechnology sectors.

2. What does the Open Call entail?

INNOLABS project aims to implement an innovation funnel approach via two Open Calls. The 25 best ideas from small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) will be selected to enrol into an acceleration programme where each team will obtain support worth up to 50,000€

Further, up to25 finalist projects will receive up to 10,000 € in innovation services.

All details are available in the Open Call Guide for Applicants.

3. What is the timeline for the Open Call and the accelerator?

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4. What are the challenges to tackle?

These are the 3 main challenges to be addressed in the 1 st Open Call and are further detailed in the Guide for Applicants:

- ICT and health - ICT-based assistive solutions

- Biotech and health – a predictive, personalised and participatory approach to care

- Solutions generated by end-users – ideas arising from nurses, doctors, patients, etc

5. How long will the Call be open?

INNOLABS first Open Call will open on 15 th of June 2017 and close on the 30 th of September 2017.

6. What are the application requirements (minimal conditions)?

In order to participate in the INNOLABS Open Call process, participants have to comply and take into account the following requirements and key aspects:

- The team must be led by an SME based in an EU member or an H2020 associated country;

- the Team has to be constituted by at least two participants from different sectors of the value chain;

- only the lead SME will submit the proposal and declare the consent of other team members participating in the proposal;

- projects at any stage of development can apply.

7. What is a team?

A team has to consist of at least two legal entities: one SME and another partner (e.g. university, research institute, company, another SME, etc.). Teams consisting of two or more SMEs or partners coming from different eligible countries get extra point in the evaluation.

8. Can INNOLABS help me find a partner for my team?

Yes, a matchmaking portal for the search of partners is available on the INNOLABS website.

9. What do I need to submit to apply for the INNOLABS open call?

To apply, you need to submit:

- Proposal consisting of:

- Max. 10 slides pitch;

- A Declaration of Honour;

- A short video (2 min) presenting the team is not mandatory but highly recommended;

English is the official language for the open calls. All details on these documents are available in the Open Call Guide for Applicants.

10. What is the evaluation process?

The Open Call evaluation process is structured in the following way:

- Eligibility Check: A first review will be performed by the Consortium (completeness of documents submitted, the compliance with the call requirements in terms of scope, and teams’ composition)

-External Expert’s Evaluation: Two external evaluators will review each proposal and in case of large difference in scoring a third one will be called upon

The results from the evaluation are foreseen to be communicated within two months from the closing of the call.

11. What are the evaluation criteria for selecting INNOLABS proposals?

Proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria

- Innovation of the idea (1-10 points)

- Team and competitive advantage (1-10 points)

- Potential Impact (1-10 points)

- Growth plan during and beyond and beyond INNOLABS support period (1-10 points)

- Fit with INNOLABS priorities (1-10 points)

- Implementation Plan (1-10 points)

- Overall impression and presentation (1-10 points)

12. How will I be informed that my project is going to be funded?

The Committee will develop a ranking list according to the results of the experts and communicate the results to the INNOLABS applicants, via email. Ineligible proposals will not be contacted directly but the respective proposals will be marked in the INNOLABS portal.

13. What happens after being selected?

Selected teams from Open Calls applicants will be requested to sign a Sub-Grant Agreement. Teams will have to submit proof of:

- Legal existence: registration, tax certificates

- Financial statements: Profit and loss statement, Balance sheets (from previous year). In case it is your first year and you lack a previous balance sheet, you will not be asked for any further information.

- Bank Account Information

Founders IDs: Existence of an Internal Consortium Agreement between the sub-granted project participants

All documentation for grant preparation is to be submitted electronically via email. The INNOLABS consortium may request translation of documents submitted in a language that cannot be processed by the consortium partners. Languages that can be processed: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Polish, Bulgarian, Greek, Portuguese, Norwegian, Danish, Swedish).

14. What is the Acceleration Programme?

Once the administrative formalities are ready, teams will be able to benefit from the innovation services and support provided by INNOLABS to develop their idea and bring it closer to the market.

The Acceleration Period is foreseen to start in December 2017 and last 9 months. During this time, an INNOLABS Key Account Manager (KAM) will follow and advise the team in designing a service package fit to their needs. The INNOLABS acceleration program is non-residential; all collaboration with teams will be done remotely.

15. What is the Fast Lane Programme?

The Fast Lane Accelerator follows the same moulds as the normal accelerator, where the same support will be provided, but just in a 3 months period. This Fast Lane Accelerator will be available just for 5 teams of each Open Call whom express interest in it and demonstrate sufficient maturity level.

16. What means direct funding?

Direct funding will be lump sum funding, equity free. You will not be asked to deliver a financial reporting.

The direct funding will be distributed in three payments, accordingly:

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Funds will be disbursed to the team leader (an SME) of a project. Teams will have to provide a breakdown of the distribution of funds among the SMEs in the team; only SMEs can be beneficiaries.

17. What does an Innovation voucher include?

The innovation voucher is an ‘allowance’ which can be used to purchase innovation services provided by third parties. These services need to be discussed and agreed with the KAM before being hired; reimbursement of these costs will be done at the end of the accelerator period – all details are available in the Open Call Guide for Applicants.

18. Can an SME submit more than one application to INNOLABS 1 st Open Call as main beneficiary but with different project ideas?

Yes, but only one will be funded.

19. Can an SME submit more than one application as main applicant and as secondary team member?

Yes. It can be team leader in one and secondary team member in several. But the maximum amount that a SME can get in the form of third party support is limited to 60k€. An additional financial validation of the assigned funding distribution will be necessary to ensure this condition.

20. Can an SME be a finalist in 1st OC and then a beneficiary in 2nd?

Yes. In fact, it would demonstrate that the service provided for it as finalist have improved their current status.

21. Can an SME be a beneficiary in 1st OC and in 2nd?

Yes with 2 different projects. The 60k€ limit in provided support will apply so a further financial validation of the assigned funding distribution will be necessary to ensure this condition.

22. Can an SME receive a prize and be a beneficiary in the Open Calls?

Yes. The 60k€ limit does not apply to prizes.

23. Can a SME be a service provider and also a beneficiary?

Yes. The 60k€ limit will only apply to those projects as beneficiary. But note that registration as service provider is restricted to entities only directly validated by the consortium partners.

24. Can an SME submit a proposal to both INNOLABS and another INNOSUP project?

Yes, but the idea and the service being supported cannot be the same. Consortia managing INNOSUP projects will pay very close attention to avoid double funding.

25. How are documents to be submitted?

All documentation for grant preparation is to be submitted electronically via email. The INNOLABS consortium may request translation of documents submitted in a language that cannot be processed by the consortium partners. Languages that can be processed: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Polish, Bulgarian, Greek, Portuguese, Norwegian, Danish, Swedish).

26. What is the difference between an ‘awarded’ project and a ‘finalist’ project?

The 25 best projects in the ranking are named ‘awarded’; the 25 runner ups (position 26-50) in the ranking are named ‘finalists’.

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