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13 Oct 2015

"Seal of Excellence" launched to increase quality of regional research funding

The European Commission has launched a new initiative to improve the synergies between EU funding for regional policy and for research. The "Seal of Excellence" quality label will be awarded to promising projects submitted under Horizon 2020 which could not secure funding due to budgetary constraints, but received high assessment scores in the demanding and independent evaluation process. A holder of the certificate can approach alternative funding sources (regional, national, private or public) and present the certificate as a label of a high-quality project proposal. In its pilot phase, the "Seal of Excellence" will first be given to proposals by small and medium enterprises (SMEs) submitted under the SME instrument of Horizon 2020. The action could then be extended to cover more areas of Horizon 2020.

Seal of Excellence Website

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