This position paper focuses on SMEs and the role that the European Commission must play to protect them, via the Horizon 2020 EIC Accelerator programme.
The EWGIC has summarised the most urgent problems to solve, with regards to the EIC Accelerator Programme, highlighting the following challenges to address:
- Oversubscription will have serious adverse effects on the programme unless the effort is made to increase budgets or curb the number of submissions,
- evaluation criteria must be clarified to ensure fair treatment of all proposals,
- running EIC projects must be protected, with additional pre-financing and simplified periodic reporting, and
- it’s time for an #EICAirdrop !