Horizon Europe Call: Accelerating uptake through open proposals for advanced SME innovation

Empowering SMEs in Horizon Europe: Haptic R&D Consulting as your Innovation Management Partner

In the realm of innovation, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) hold tremendous potential to drive societal progress and economic growth. However, navigating the complex landscape of EU markets, especially in sectors like security, presents significant challenges for these innovators. Recognizing this, the European Commission has launched Horizon Europe, a flagship funding program aimed at fostering innovation and competitiveness across Europe.

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One of the latest calls under Horizon Europe, “Accelerating uptake through open proposals for advanced SME innovation,” focuses on accelerating the uptake of innovation in response to short to mid-term needs, particularly in the domain of civil security. The expected outcomes include the development of mature technological solutions addressing EU security policy priorities, facilitated access to civil security markets for SMEs, and stronger partnerships between small EU security industry actors and technology providers.

The Challenge for SMEs

Despite their innovation capacity, EU SMEs often face hurdles such as red tape in public contracts, limited access to new customers, financing constraints, and challenges in intellectual property (IP) valorization. These difficulties are exacerbated in markets with restrictions, such as the security sector.

A Collaborative Solution

To address these challenges, the call seeks proposals that foster collaboration between SMEs, research organizations, and industrial players. The goal is to create a collaborative environment where SMEs can tailor their innovations to the specific needs of civil security end-users.

Enter Haptic R&D Consulting

Haptic R&D Consulting offers a unique blend of expertise in technology audit and innovation management, making us an ideal partner for consortia looking to maximize the impact of their Horizon Europe projects. Here’s why:

  1. Tailored Solutions: We understand the diverse challenges faced by SMEs in the security sector. Our team works closely with each partner to develop customized strategies that address their specific needs and objectives.
  2. Innovation Management: From market analysis to IP management, we provide comprehensive support throughout the innovation lifecycle. Our goal is to ensure that every project achieves its maximum potential impact.
  3. Market Access: Through our extensive network and market insights, we help SMEs navigate the complexities of public procurement and access new customers. We facilitate connections with potential buyers and provide guidance on competitive positioning.
  4. Technology Transfer: We specialize in accelerating the transfer of innovative technologies from research organizations to industry. By bridging the gap between academia and the market, we help SMEs transform ideas into market-ready solutions.
  5. Gender Dimension Integration: We recognize the importance of gender diversity in research and innovation. If relevant to the project objectives, we ensure the integration of the gender dimension in our approach, contributing to more inclusive and impactful outcomes.

Partnering for Success

As consortia prepare their proposals for the Horizon Europe call, Haptic R&D Consulting stands ready to support them every step of the way. Our goal is to empower SMEs to overcome barriers, unlock their full potential, and contribute to the advancement of EU security capabilities.

Together, we can accelerate innovation, foster collaboration, and strengthen the EU’s position as a global leader in civil security.

Contact us today to learn how Haptic R&D Consulting can enhance your Horizon Europe project.

This article positions Haptic R&D Consulting as a strategic partner for SMEs participating in Horizon Europe projects, emphasizing its expertise in innovation management and technology transfer to support the development of mature technological solutions in the civil security domain.

Horizon Europe Framework Programme (HORIZON)

Type of action
HORIZON-IA HORIZON Innovation Actions
Type of MGA

Deadline model
Planned opening date
27 June 2024
Deadline date
20 November 2024 17:00:00 Brussels time