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Welcome to the first podcast in our series called “H2020 hacks”!

The H2020 Hacks series aims at providing you with the very best Horizon 2020 advice from people who know.
In this episode, we talk to Bruce Ainsley, a project evaluator with many years experience.
You will find out who Horizon 2020 is designed for, what kind of projects fit the Horizon 2020 programme and how those projects should fit your business strategy.

Our conversation focused on three things:

  1. What makes a great project application.
  2. What makes a good consortium.
  3. What makes a good proposal.

Bruce’s tips include:

  • If you don’t match the call do not put in a proposal.
  • Be aiming to make a significant change in the technology
  • Put in all the numbers, necessary and sufficient
  • Get an experienced coordinator
  • Work with the best in that you can in your consortium
  • Write the right amount
  • Use numbers where appropriate and justify them
  • The project Impact is incredibly important (and will be the subject of a whole podcast next time).

If you have a Horizon 2020 enquiry and you are based in Scotland, you can contact us by phoning 0845 607 8787, or by emailing Horizon2020@scotent.co.uk.


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ind your local office contact details on the list on this page or drop us an email or a comment on this page and we'll send you details.

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Small to Medium Sized Enterprise (SMEs) are often the largest group of enterprises to be affected by new EU policy and there are clear difficulties in putting their views across to policy-makers.

The opinions of SMEs are important when developing new EU legislation or programmes that have a direct impact on their operations.

This is why the Commission, through the Enterprise Europe Network, operates two mechanisms to test the impact of EU legislation and programmes:

  • SME Panels are organised to consult SMEs about forthcoming EU legislation and policies.
  • Retrospectively SMEs can contribute their views on policy via the SME feedback mechanism.

This podcast, about the SME feedback mechanism, describes how it allows the Enterprise Europe Network partners to collect the views and feedback from SMEs on a broad range of EU policy initiatives, actions, legislation or programmes related to the internal market.

You might have problems or questions about legislation and policy on the environment, sustainability, employment and social affairs, innovation support, taxation and customs.

Are you aware of unfair rules or decisions and discriminatory red tape that make it hard for your business to live, work or do business in another EU country? Do you as an EU citizen or business face extra obstacles in another country because a public authority isn't doing what is required under EU law? Then SOLVIT can help.

Concerned about any of these issues? The Enterprise Europe Network helps you develop your business.

Our services are fully funded by your local organisations and the EC, so they are FREE! While we help Scottish businesses only, we have valued colleagues providing the same services in more than 50 countries in nearly 600 organisations.

Find your local office on the list on this page or drop us an email or a comment on this page and we'll send you details.

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If you have been listening to our previous images.jpgpodcasts you will know that we are very excited about supporting Scottish companies to engage with the SME Instrument, part of Horizon 2020.

By applying to the SME Instrument, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises that are EU-based or established in a country associated to Horizon 2020 can now get phased, progressive and complimentary funding and support through the SME Instrument for innovation projects that will help them grow and expand their activities into other countries – in Europe and beyond.

There is around € 3 billion in funding over the period 2014-2020 for the SME Instrument, and the programme is designed for high-potential SMEs to help them develop groundbreaking innovative ideas for products, services or processes that are ready to face global market competition.

For a quick briefing on the key issues around eligibility, application timing and tips for success , check out our recent podcast , SME Instrument looks for Champions.

But is it truly available to ALL organisations?

Dear listeners, this short dramatised podcast examines what happens when a very unusual Scottish organisation enquiries about the SME Instrument.

You must follow the H2020 SME Instrument on Twitter here.

The Horizon 2020 SME Instrument page is here.

Find out more about Scottish creepy crawlies here. http://www.snh.gov.uk/

Will someone please turn the light off?


The Enterprise Europe Network helps you develop your business. Our services are fully funded by your local organisations and the EC, so they are FREE! While we help Scottish businesses only, we have valued colleagues providing the same services in more than 50 countries in nearly 600 organisations. Find your local office on the list on this page or drop us an email or a comment on this page and we'll send you details.


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The year 2014 is a big year for Scotland, when the world will be visiting to take part in The Year of Homecoming, a year-long programme of events that celebrate the very best of Scotland’s food and drink, our fantastic active and natural resources, creativity, culture and ancestral heritage and two world-class events in 2014 - the XXth Commonwealth Games which Glasgow will host in July and the 40th Ryder Cup to be staged at historic Gleneagles in September.

All of these events provide opportunities for Scottish businesses and this podcast focuses on those opportunities available from the XXth Commonwealth Games Legacy programme.

XXth Commonwealth Games in 2014 will be a spectacular display of world-class sporting success. The 20th Games will take place in Glasgow from 23rd July to 3rd August this year (2014).

The Commonwealth Games will see over 6,500 athletes, representing 70 nations and territories, compete across 17 sports for 11 days. This will be the biggest and most inclusive sports programme ever with more medals to compete for and many more opportunities for women athletes and Para-sport athletes than previous Commonwealth Games.

The Commonwealth Games Legacy programme is focused on using the unique opportunity of the Games to deliver lasting change across the whole of Scotland – now, in the run-up to the Games, and in the years beyond.

The Commonwealth Games Legacy programme has a very wide range:

  • For a Scottish business it might mean winning a Games-related contract which paves the way for further contracts and new markets, at home or overseas. It’s helping to bolster the Scottish economy and enhance our reputation at home and abroad as a place to visit and do business.
  • For a Scottish young person it might mean a job, or an apprenticeship, or a role as a Youth Legacy Ambassador where they can learn new skills and gain experience.
  • For Scottish schoolchildren it’s about the opportunity to learn about the Commonwealth and the Games, about values and about other countries and their cultures.
  • For Scottish communities it’s about improving local facilities, taking part in cultural events, working together to celebrate the Games, and engendering a true community spirit.

Ken Gordon caught up with Linda Murray, head of Scottish Enterprise's 2014 project team to find out about the opportunities available, where you can find them and to hear about how one company NVT Group have taken advantage of the Legacy programme.

Check out the Legacy 2014 webpage

Check out Public Contracts Scotland (click on Commonwealth Games Opportunities)

Visit the Scottish Enterprise website


The Enterprise Europe Network helps you develop your business. Our services are fully funded by your local organisations and the EC, so they are FREE! While we help Scottish businesses only, we have valued colleagues providing the same services in more than 50 countries in nearly 600 organisations. Find your local office on the list on this page or drop us an email or a comment on this page and we'll send you details.

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Earlier this year we completed our very first "World Tour of Scotland" with our Team Scotland colleagues from the Scottish Funding CouncilScotland Europa and Highlands & Islands Enterprise to tell everyone about the opportunities in the forthcoming Horizon 2020 programme. We made a podcast (What will Horizon 2020 do for me?) that still is our most successful podcast. Going by the questions from our event audiences, one of the most eagerly anticipated parts of Horizon 2020 is the SME Instrument.

Now Horizon 2020 is "live" and Call deadlines loom there are numerous factsheets and briefings that are filling the gaps in our knowledge. This podcast is focused on the Horizon 2020 SME Instrument and in particular the most recent briefing (March 2014) on eligibility, evaluation and tips for success.

The podcast contains important information that will help you decide how to prepare and how to write your application.

We also answer questions such as :

  • Should i apply for phase 1, 2 or 3?
  • I have a project for my own company only, do i need to have partners?
  • My project covers more than one Call topic. What do i do?

If you have any questions, you can contact us by emailing H2020@scotent.co.uk , sending us a tweet on @eenscotland or calling our Glasgow number 01412282797.

Oh, and please follow the SME Instrument (@H2020SME) on Twitter !


The Enterprise Europe Network helps you develop your business. Our services are fully funded by your local organisations and the EC, so they are FREE! While we help Scottish businesses only, we have valued colleagues providing the same services in more than 50 countries in nearly 600 organisations. Find your local office on the list on this page or drop us an email or a comment on this page and we'll send you details.

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After Life Science

This podcast is about the afterlife. No, not that afterlife, AFTER LIFE SCIENCE (see what we did there?).

We held our annual Scottish Life Sciences event on 6th February this year in Edinburgh. The morning was dedicated to the opportunities available to Scottish life science organisations in Horizon 2020 and in the afternoon the Scottish life science partnering meetings took place.

It was a very busy event on a cold February Edinburgh morning in a room with amazing views of Edinburgh Castle and streets where cardboard signs every 50 metres proclaimed that the “Trams are Coming”.

Everyone did well to keep their worries about imminent tram invasion in check and the event was full and much discussion and Q&A ensued. We promised to make a podcast answering points raised in the post-event feedback forms and this is it!

Our keynote was expertly delivered by the UK National Contact Point for Life Sciences, Octavio Pernas who detailed the structure , the process , the opportunities available and answered all those tricky questions.

The Medical Device Company, a Scottish micro-SME, shared their experiences of participating in an FP7 project and in addition there were many presentations and impromptu project pitches from delegates.

The discussion was so intense there was barely time to grab some any lunch before the partnering tables filled up.

Did you know there is a new voucher scheme to support you in developing your project and finding partners? Check out The Horizon 2020 SME Engagement Scheme is funded by the Scottish Funding Council and managed by Interface .

We also talked about finding partners for project and projects looking for partners. Find EU Research Partners on CORDIS here.

Find EU Research Partners on our Enterprise Europe Network Scotland website here

To prepare for the forthcoming podcast about Horizon 2020 SME Instrument, check out our website here.

And finally, in our previous podcast where we talked about this event, Camille highlighted the lunch. We did not get much  time to eat, so if you did and you have a comment, use our contact email to let us know.


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This podcast is about protecting your intellectual assets. Most of us have no idea what they are and how they can be protected and trading overseas brings a whole list of new challenges in protecting your ingenuity and creativity.

The good news is that there is FREE advice in Scotland to help you protect your Intellectual Property.

Ken Gordon talks to Stuart Watson an intellectual property specialist in the Scottish Enterprise Innovation Specialist team.

If you are based in Scotland, get free advice by phoning 0846 608 8787 (or 01463 234171 in the highlands region).

Some useful links for you:
Protecting your intellectual assets in foreign markets ,
Intellectual asset management,
UK Intellectual Property Office
European Patent Office

This podcast is (cough) copyright Enterprise Europe Network Scotland.


The Enterprise Europe Network is your local route to developing your business. Our services are fully funded by your local organisations and the EC, so they are FREE! While we help Scottish businesses only, we have valued colleagues providing the same services in more than 50 countries in nearly 600 organisations. Find your local office on the list on this page or drop us an email or a comment on this page and we'll send you details.

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Scotland's renewable energy projects span everything from single community wind turbines to solutions for large housing associations.

Renewable energy is becoming increasingly accessible to all kinds of groups - including rural and urban communities, and there's a wealth of support available.

This podcast is about a new support fund called The Renewable Energy Investment Fund (REIF) and Ken Gordon interviewed Andrew Smith, Head of the Renewable Energy Investment Fund.

REIF helps finance renewable energy projects across Scotland and the REIF team can also advise on your funding proposition, and point you towards other sources of support.

With £103 million of ring-fenced funding available to provide commercially priced loans, equity investments and guarantees, REIF will consider projects that support the delivery of energy from a renewable source or represent an innovative renewable energy technology.

If you're interested in community projects, there's more information from the Government’s Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES), which works closely with REIF.

This podcast is introduced by Ken standing on a beach on a chilly sunny Sunday afternoon in the Scottish seaside town of Troon. Yes. He did get his feet wet and no he did not get an ice cream.


The Enterprise Europe Network is your local route to developing your business. Our services are fully funded by your local organisations and the EC, so they are FREE! While we help Scottish businesses only, we have valued colleagues providing the same services in more than 50 countries in nearly 600 organisations. Find your local office on the list on this page or drop us an email or a comment on this page and we'll send you details.

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If we said, "what do you know about Strasbourg?" you would of course say, "why it is the capital and principal city of the Alsace region in eastern France and is the official seat of the European Parliament."

Well done.
Ten points.

  • Did you know that they have several large manufacturing organisations based there?
  • Do you know the key sectors in the region?
  • They have their own regional dialect - have you ever heard someone sing a song in that dialect?

Well wait no longer friends!
Our valued Enterprise Europe Network Strasbourg colleagues Ursula Gori-Kaminski, Clio Brivois-Poupard and Caroline Kolb provided you with all the above information and more when our very own Ken Gordon interviewed them recently.

You will also find out the answer to the question "Where is Brian?" which was really useful to us when we were looking for our umbrella recently.

Confused?
Listen to the podcast and all will be revealed.


The Enterprise Europe Network is your local route to developing your business. Our services are fully funded by your local organisations and the EC, so they are FREE! 
While we help Scottish businesses only, we have valued colleagues providing the same services in more than 50 countries in nearly 600 organisations.
Find your local office on the list on 
this page or drop us an email or a comment on this page and we'll send you details.

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Happy New Year from the Enterprise Europe Network Scotland team!

Before the festive holiday and we had to return to work, try to remember our login passwords and where the shortbread tin was hidden, we recorded a podcast featuring our top 5 most popular podcasts of 2013.

We did this to remind us of (a) what we do and (b) how much fun we had in 2013 making podcasts and getting your feedback.

A huge thank you for listening to our podcasts in 2013 and we are looking forward to helping you get the most out of the Enterprise Europe Network in 2014 in business collaborations, getting research funding and much more.

We have a very busy diary already. Now where are the coffee mugs kept?


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