European Investment Project Portal (EIPP), the new tool to reach potential investors

The European Investment Project Portal (EIPP, the Portal) is a web portal enabling EU-based project promoters – public or private – to reach potential investors worldwide. The Portal is provided and hosted by the European Commission and is part of the Investment Plan for Europe initiative to mobilise investment, promote economic growth and create more jobs across the EU.


  • It is designed in response to investors’ desire to see more potential EU investment opportunities in one central information platform.
  • The Portal was launched in June 2016. It offers advanced search and filtering criteria, making it easy for investors to find projects according to their preferences.
  • Investors can register online and are able to subscribe to project updates according to their interests. The Portal will boost the visibility of EUbased projects to a large network of international investors, by presenting projects in a structured and harmonised format.


To be eligible for publication on the Portal, the project proposal must:

  • Have a total cost of at least EUR 1 million – the threshold has been recently lowered down from 5 million in order to make ‘Seal’ SME Instrument projects eligible;
  • Be in one of the pre-determined high economic value-added sectors;
  • Be expected to start within three years of submission (or shall have started already);
  • Be promoted by a public or private legal entity established in the EU Member State;
  • Be compatible with all applicable EU and national laws.

The submission is done online by uploading your SoE certificate, is now free of charge and can be submitted in all EU official languages. More information is available at:

Note that the EIPP is a facilitator: funding cannot be guaranteed for any submitted project. At the same time, submitting a project does not impose any legal obligations, in the context of the EIPP, on the person submitting the project. Submissions to the EIPP will not be treated as applications for financing under EFSI or other EU/EIB instruments. Publication of a project can be denied on legal, reputational or other grounds.

Are you a SoE holder and want to know the concrete steps to create your EIPP project? Do not hesitate and contact me!


MSCA Seal of Excellence: new funding opportunities

The ‘Seal of Excellence’ (SoE) certificate will be awarded to the applicants of above threshold in the Individual Fellowship Marie Sklodowska-Curie calls not reaching funded proposals: a holder of the certificate can then approach alternative funding sources (regional, national, private or public) and present the certificate as a label of a high-quality project proposal.

Some countries are making efforts in developing new programs focused on attracting talent to their institutions. The SoE is a safe passage to apply to these calls, which are focused only in giving support for MSCA proposals with SoE.

For further information you can always contact the National Contact Point (NCP) in your host country to check if there are funding possibilities available.

National Contact Points

Current or planned regional/national initiatives relevant to Seal of Excellence recipients (host countries)


The Ministry of Science and Education plans to use the European Social Fund to provide funding for projects awarded with the MSCA Seal of Excellence.


The Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation (RPF) is responsible for a Programme called “Horizon 2020 – 2nd Opportunity” under the “RESTART 2016-2020” funding scheme. This includes funding of €1.2 million earmarked for MSCA applicants (only Standard European Fellowships with host organisation in Cyprus) who have received an evaluation score greater or equal to 90/100, but were not funded by the European Commission due to budget exhaustion (Below Available Budget). More information

Czech Republic

The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic launched a call for proposals for Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions – Individual Fellowships Seal of Excellence holders (2015 & 2016). The call supports ‘International Mobility of researchers’ i.e. researchers going from the Czech Republic to foreign research organisations and vice versa. Applicants can be of any nationality and need to apply through their home (outgoing) or host (incoming) institution before 1 December 2017. More information (in Czech)


Drawing on funds from the European Social Fund, the Research Council of Lithuania (RCL) launched a call to fund recipients of the MSCA Seal of excellence and indeed any applicant to the IF calls 2016 and 2017 who scored above threshold (70%). It will provide funding of up to 36 months. Applicants need to adapt the financial part of their MSCA application to take account of ESF funding rules. The call closes at the end of March 2018 and is also open to applicants to the ERC. More information


The University of Padova has foreseen funding for recipients of the Seal of Excellence who had applied to be hosted at the university. More information

The Politecnico di Milano will fund the best 10 MSCA recipients of the Seal from the H2020-MSCA-IF-2018 (European Fellowship) call who applied to be hosted at the Politecnico. They will be offered a postdoc position for two years with 40.000€/year (gross amount) as salary and 20.000€ for startup fund for research activities, training and networking. The Politecnico is also launching a pilot Master Class for potential applicants to the MSCA – IF call 2018. More information


The Slovenian Research Agency invites national research institutions that had participated in the MSCA-IF-2016 call evaluation procedure and acquired a score of 85% or more to apply for co-funding of their projects. The Slovenian call foresees a co-financing of 6 research projects, starting from 1 January 2018. Using its own funds, the Agency will support the leading researchers of the selected projects for a period of two years. More information (The deadline for submission of applications is 16 October 2017)


The Strategy Group for EU-Coordination in Sweden has prepared a call “MSCA EF Seal of Excellence”. The aim is to provide funding for recipients of the Seal of Excellence to EF projects to be hosted by Swedish organisations that were positively evaluated and on the reserve list but could not be financed through the Horizon 2020 budget. Funding will be provided via Vinnova.

More information:


Additional information for other host countries without specific measures for Seal recipients


For the time being, Austria has no specific funding schemes for recipients of the MSCA IF Seal of Excellence. Austria provides funding for Experienced Researchers through different national programmes. These funding schemes are not restricted to MSCA Seal of Excellence candidates and neither are MSCA Seal of Excellence candidates prioritised. Applications are peer reviewed and subject to specific eligibility criteria.


Finland has no relevant national/regional funding scheme available for MSCA IF candidates with the Seal of Excellence. Recipients of the Seal are encouraged to resubmit in the next call and, where appropriate, contact the NCP for the proposal preparation. Alternative funding sources for experienced researchers interested in pursuing research in Finland (although not specifically targeting or prioritizing SoE holders) include, for example, calls by the Academy for Finland.


Germany has no relevant national funding scheme available for MSCA IF candidates with the Seal of Excellence. Recipients of the Seal of Excellence are encouraged to resubmit in the next call and, where appropriate, contact the NCP for the proposal preparation. Experienced researchers willing to pursue research in Germany should visit Research in Germany for further information on alternative funding schemes. The listed funding schemes are not restricted to recipients of the Seal of Excellence, neither are Seal of Excellence recipients given priority in the application process.


There are a range of fellowship opportunities in Ireland provided by government research funding agencies and other bodies. Most notably, there are a number of fellowship programmes running in Ireland that are co-funded by the MSCA COFUND programme. Our three main national research funding agencies (see below) also offer fellowship programmes that are fully funded by the Irish government. Applications are subject to rigorous international peer review and each programme has its own specific eligibility criteria which must be adhered to. Please note that these programmes are not exclusive to Seal of Excellence holders, neither are Seal of Excellence holders prioritised in the assessment process. However, Seal of Excellence holders are encouraged to include information on their Seal of Excellence award in their application as evidence of their track record.

More information on current and forthcoming MSCA COFUND programmes in Ireland

National Funders:

Please note that the list of opportunities above is not exhaustive. Applicants are encouraged to visit EURAXESS Ireland for more information on research jobs and funding in Ireland.


In Spain there are no specific mechanisms or budgetary allocations for funding MSCA Seal of Excellence recipients. At this moment we are not aware of such instruments at regional and/or institutional level.

The Research and Innovation State Agency runs different national funding schemes supporting researchers. Seal of Excellence can apply to National Programme for the Promotion of Talent and Its Employability calls, but will not be prioritized.

For further information on Funding calls at national level, please consult the Researcher Career Path created by the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology.


Switzerland has no relevant national funding scheme available for MSCA IF candidates with the Seal of Excellence. Recipients of the Seal are encouraged to resubmit in the next call and to contact the NCP for the proposal preparation. Alternative funding sources for experienced researchers interested in pursuing research in Switzerland (although not specifically targeting or prioritizing SoE holders) include, for example, calls by the Swiss National Science Foundation or the Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships.

United Kingdom

The UK has no plans to introduce a specific funding scheme for recipients of the MSCA Seal of Excellence. The UK provides funding for early-career researchers through a variety of funding schemes provided by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and the National Academies. These funding schemes are not restricted to MSCA Seal of Excellence candidates and neither are MSCA Seal of Excellence candidates prioritised. Applications are peer reviewed and subject to specific eligibility criteria. Further details are available at:

UK Research and Innovation

National Academies

If you need more information or have any question regarding the SoE, do not hesitate and leave a comment! I will be glad to clarify your issues!

Source: EU Commission

The Seal of Excellence: a “hidden” key in Horizon 2020 for alternative funding

The Seal of Excellence is the high-quality label awarded to projects submitted to Horizon 2020 which were deemed to deserve funding but did not receive it due to budget limits. It recognises the value of the proposal and supports the search for alternative funding.

Every year, thousands of organisations and individual researchers in Europe invest costly resources and time applying to the Horizon 2020 Programme. The evaluation is based on three criteria: excellence, impact and quality, efficiency of implementation. The European Commission has a first-class evaluation system engaging independent, international experts.

The experts identify proposals which are above the quality threshold necessary for funding. But, depending on the available Horizon 2020 budget, only some of the above-quality threshold proposals will receive funding.

The Seal of Excellence Certificate rewards unfunded proposals which were above this quality threshold with a high-quality label and the Seal of Excellence holder can then approach alternative regional, national, private or public funding sources. In addition, it helps interested funding bodies willing to invest in promising proposals (including national & regional authorities through European Structural & Investment Funds) to identify these projects more easily.

The project proposers receive the Seal of Excellence Certificate as soon as the evaluation results are available. It is designed to satisfy multiple purposes:

  • Informing: indicates basic info on the proposal, the call and the proposer.
  • Building reputation: highlights the competitive and highly professional selection process.
  • Explaining: refers to the evaluation criteria used in Horizon 2020.
  • Showing the political commitment: displays the signatures of the Commissioners.
  • Unique and safe: Digitally sealed against fraud, as is the related proposal and Evaluation Summary Report (ESR).

The Seal of Excellence is currently awarded to above-quality threshold, unfunded proposals who applied to the SME Instrument, Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA) Individual Fellowships or Teaming under the Horizon 2020 programme.

How is the Seal of Excellence authenticated?

The Seal of Excellence is digitally sealed. Any attempt to change its data automatically invalidates the document. The submitted proposal and the evaluation summary report are also digitally sealed. The funding institution can electronically check the authenticity and integrity of the document.

 Philosophy behind the Seal of Excellence

The initiative was launched by Commissioner Moedas and Commissioner Creţu on 12 October 2015, in the context of the mandate received from President Juncker to maximise synergies between Horizon 2020 and Structural Funds.

The SME Instrument under Horizon 2020 was selected as the ideal candidate to begin implementation of the Seal of Excellence due to its high popularity, high competitiveness and limited funding capacity compared to demand. It supports breakthrough innovations in close-to-market activities by SMEs.

In addition, supporting proposals from the SME instrument fits with the intervention logic of European Structural and Investment Funds, as they target small scale R&I projects, high impact potential at local level and are mainly single-company led.

Between 60% and 85% of the proposals are normally rejected as they are not ready for funding. The rest deserve funding. But, 45-84% of proposals which deserve funding are NOT funded. This is due to the popularity of the scheme (in two years around 20.000 proposals were submitted) and limited resources compared to this demand.

These high-quality proposals receive the Seal of Excellence. They passed an extremely competitive evaluation process and deserve recognition.

First two years of operation of SME instrument (results including all cut-offs in 2014 and 2015)

The Seal of Excellence is now awarded to eligible proposals every time proposers receive evaluation results related to the cut-off to which they have submitted their proposal (cut-offs are four times a year).

If you have further doubts about the SoE, please leave a comment and I will be pleased to answer you!

H2020 puzzle’s pieces: Future Health

In April, my collaboration with RTDI’s blog is about a crucial topic for everyone: the health of the future.

Europe is getting older, it’s hard but it’s true. The European population is ageing rapidly; but living longer does not necessarily mean living healthier, more active and independent. The number of Europeans over 65 will double in the next 50 years, and the number of over 80’s will almost triple. Life expectancy will continue to increase, yet unhealthy life years make up around 20% of a person’s life.

If you want to know what it is in Europe’es mind to solve this problem, do not miss my post.


LIFE Information and Networking Day 2018

  • Lugar de celebración: Charlemagne Building
  • Localidad: Bruselas (Bélgica)
  • Dirección: Rue de la loi, 170
  • Organizadores: EASME
  • Cuota de inscripción: La inscripción es obligatoria, con fecha límite hasta el 02/05
  • Correo electrónico:
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Fuente: EsHorizonte2020