Building networks to apply for European funding

SUPA support for European Proposals

SUPA received funding from the Scottish Funding Council to compete for, and participate in, European funding. The purpose of the funding, known as PEER, has been to enable SUPA:

  • to submit applications for European funding under Horizon 2020 and as part of that process
  • to engage and build partnerships with industry, particularly (but not exclusively) Scottish SMEs
  • to establish network connections, showcase skills and capabilities and participate in specific networking activities

Although Brexit has thrown up questions on the current and future status of Horizon 2020 and other EU research funding, it should be noted that the process will take some time, during which the UK will still be able to compete for Horizon 2020 funding. The UK government’s current position is that the Treasury will underwrite the payments for EU funding projects bid for whilst the UK is a member of the EU, even when these projects continue beyond the UK’s departure from the EU. SUPA PEER funding has remained available to support applications to current and future EU funding calls. This might have included funding specialist consultants, finding company partners to join consortia, funding academic travel for consortium or networking meetings, or other relevant activity. SUPA is open to other uses of PEER funding - maintaining and building relationships with European researchers and industry will be particularly important going forward, so please contact us if you have ideas.

PEER funding has been successfully used to support pre-proposal consortium meetings across Europe and to attend networking events and call development events such as Photonics 21 meetings. We have also used PEER funding to help pay for consultant support. To date, 50% of proposals using PEER funded consultant support have been successful (versus 14% overall and 20% in the ICT theme). A number of funded projects have resulted from this support, the total value is currently around four million Euros, bringing around one million pounds into Scotland (one third to universities and two thirds to Scottish SMEs).

We have now committed our current tranche of PEER funding and cannot accept new applications (Nov 2018).