Fostering Synergies from Research to Deployment: Success Stories from INEA
Between 2014 and 2020 INEA has implemented more than 750 projects under the Horizon 2020 programme. Horizon 2020 is the largest EU Research and Innovation programme with nearly €80 billion of funding. These projects are diverse in nature but they all share the objective to make research progress, and to develop innovations that might find their way to deployment. Experience shows, however, that going from a novel idea to the full deployment of a mature solution is time and resource-intensive, which normally goes beyond the lifespan and scope of a typical project implemented by INEA.
INEA has the advantage of managing two complementary programmes (Horizon 2020 and the Connecting Europe Facility, CEF) and can count on experienced professionals that can help guide projects and participants through the long road towards deployment and, ultimately, into the market. The Agency has been engaged in supporting project beneficiaires by raising awarness of the importance to deploy Horizon 2020 innovation, the existing instruments, services and potential synergies to support this objective and ultimately in promoting these success stories for a greater valorisation of the EU added value. This brochure illustrates success stories of projects that started in Horizon 2020 and found their way through various steps to reach a high level of market maturity. These projects navigated the different funding instruments available to the Research & Innovation community and have found the most suited ones for the successful exploitation of their innovation and technologies.
The stories included in this publication are expected to inspire the R&I community, and provide advice on how to take ideas and innovation to the next level in order to reach full potential to the benefit of the whole EU community.