FAQs

General questions

Application and eligibility of services

Relevance and selection of services

Service delivery

Miscellaneous


General questions

  • 1. What is a project?

    A project is defined as any undertaking, carried out individually or collaboratively (consortia) involving research, innovation or design. Projects are created through a grant agreement between the beneficiary (individual or a consortium) and the European Commission and includes funding from the 7th Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration activities (FP7), Horizon 2020 or Horizon Europe.

  • 2. What is a Project Group?

    A Project Group is defined as a collaboration of several projects with certain commonalities that allow for joint dissemination.

  • 3. Do I have to pay for the services?

    Services are free of charge for single project or project groups from which at least one project was funded under FP7, H2020 or HE, ongoing or closed.

  • 4. Who makes the final decision on providing the HRB support?

    The European Commission will be responsible for the evaluation of all application received.

  • 5. I have a question that has not been answered above. Where can I get more information?

    For more information contact: booster@meta-group.com

  • 6. Why do I have to register to the platform?

    The Horizon Results Booster services are all delivered through the support of the on-line platform, from the application phase up to the end of the service. This does not mean that physical meetings will not be part of the service delivery when needed.

    The platform allows you to:

    - prepare and submit your application to the HRB services

    - share documents and files with experts during the service delivery

    - always monitor the progresses of your service delivery

    - visualize your Service Delivery Plan

    - interact with experts through topics

    All people which will be involved during the service delivery should be registered on the platform. 

    Personal data will be managed according to the GDPR. All experts and users other than project partners have signed a Confidentiality Agreement protecting the disclosure of confidential information on the projects.

Application and eligibility of services

  • 1. Who is eligible for support?

    The services are available for all ongoing and closed projects or project groups under any area of FP7, H2020 or Horizon Europe.
    Projects funded by other Programmes than FP7, H2020 and HE are eligible too, provided that they join a Project Group led by a project funded under FP7 and H2020. Only projects funded under FP7, H2020 and HE can submit the application to request the Horizon Results Booster services.
    Geographical residence of the applicants (i.e. applicants from UK) is not evaluated when checking eligibility. It is the project which will be evaluated, not the organisation.
    When checking their eligibility, the European Commission will also evaluate motivation, commitment and maturity of results of applying projects/project groups based on the services they requested. 

  • 2. How do I apply?

    Applications can be sent by anyone within an eligible project by filling in the application form available at the following link: https://www.horizonresultsbooster.eu/hrbapplications/applicationform

    The online application form is the only way to officially request the Horizon Results Booster services.
    To fill in the application form, you will be asked to register to the platform. This will allow you to log off, log on and complete the application at your convenience.
    Please note that the following information will be also required to register to the platform before accessing the application form:

    • your e-mail address
    • ID (Grant agreement number) of your project
    • contacts of the project coordinator (Name + e-mail address)
    • contacts of the EC Project Officer (Name + e-mail address) of your project
  • 3. Can I apply more than once?

    Project consortia can benefit from a typology of the Horizon Results Booster services only once. They can request more than one typology of services, which can be requested altogether or in different moments.

  • 4. I have applied for a service. What happens now?

    Once applications are submitted, they are verified by the European Commission for eligibility. If they are considered eligible, the Horizon Results Booster Team proposes experts for the service delivery, which have to be approved by the European Commission. During this period, you can always see your applications by entering the HRB platform.

    When experts are approved by the European Commission, the Horizon Results Boster platform sends an automatic notification to both the appointed experts and the applicants. Your applications become Services. From this moment, the service delivery can start.

    From the date of the automatic notification, the expert generally sends an e-mail to the applicants in 7-10 working days to schedule a "preliminary call", which is used to better introduce the services and agree on a more detailed Service Delivery Plan (scheduling all activities to be implemented). 

  • 5. As a coordinator, shall I first apply without any preconceived idea and then embark in a dialogue with experts to express a precise need?

    It is preferable to start the HRB service delivery once there is a clear idea of the results of the project. This is not connected to TRL but to the readiness of the involved partners in carrying on dissemination/exploitation activities.
    We suggest for example PDES-A and PDES-C (entry point services) to be started around M6.

  • 6. Can only project coordinators submit the application?

    Applications can be submitted by anyone in the consortium. It is suggested anyway to inform the Project Coordinator and the other partners about the application.

  • 7. Can we apply for every available service or if we apply to one service, we are not eligible for another one?

    You can apply to each HRB service once. Please note that if you request a Module C and/or a BPD you are not allowed to ask immediately for a G2M service, but you will be allowed when Module C and/or BPD delivery will be completed.
    If your project is ready (you have an exploitation plan/draft business plan), you can request G2M services directly.

  • 8. Is it possible to apply to HRB any time or is there a specific (yearly) application deadline?

    Yes, you can apply to Horizon Results Booster at any time, there is no application deadline. HRB will be up and running until 2024, or until there is budget available.

  • 9. Could it be possible to apply this service for projects already finished several years ago?

    Yes. All ongoing and closed FP7 and H2020 can apply.

  • 10. Is application to the programme a competition or available to all who apply?

    It is not a competitive type of programme. Each application is checked as stand-alone.
    Applications can be sent by anyone within an eligible project by filling in the application form available at the following link: www.horizonresultsbooster.eu/hrbapplications/applicationform.
    The online application form is the only way to officially request the Horizon Results Booster services.

  • 11. I’m currently a MSCA-IF fellow and I’m very interested in exploiting my results. Is it necessary that I must be constituted as a company (e.g., start-up)?

    No, it is not necessary to be constituted as a company. As a MSCA-IF, you can apply as a single project. Please note that you will need to indicate the project number/reference.

  • 12. Should I have a formed Project Group before I apply for Module A, or will the clustering be done by the experts? Shall Project Groups be constituted upon initiative by a group of beneficiaries?

    To apply for Module A, it is not necessary to be an already created Project Group. You can apply both as an individual project and as a Project Group. In case you are an individual project, you will be supported in creating a Project Group during Module A.
    Anyway, Project Groups can be formed by an initiative of beneficiaries without the support of HRB services and can apply as a Group to Module A. In this case, HRB services help in adding more projects to the Group and finalizing the Portfolio of Research Results.

  • 13. If I already have a partner who is in charge for dissemination and I foresee the creation of a dissemination plan, can I apply anyway to Module A or Module B?

    Yes, you can apply. It is suggested to inform your partners that you would like to submit an application to HRB services. Please note the Module A and Module B will not support you with your individual dissemination plan. These services will support you with joint dissemination with other projects.

Relevance and selection of services

  • 1. What are the requirements to access the services? How do I know if my project is ready to apply? What is the best time to apply (during the project or near to the end)?

    There are not particular requirements to access entry services of the HRB (Service 1 - Module A and Module C). As far as your project started dealing with exploitation and dissemination, it can be considered ready for HRB services.
    We generally suggest not to wait too much with the request of HRB services because they provide support to design the right exploitation and joint dissemination strategies. To access PDES B you need to have a Project Group already created and a joint portfolio of results or you need to come from a completed PDES A.
    To access BPD you need to have at least a draft business plan/exploitation plan or to come from a completed PDES C.

  • 2. How can I select the best services for me? I don’t know which service is more suitable for my project.

    First, we would recommend you to visit the Horizon Results Booster website to read more about the different packages: https://www.horizonresultsbooster.eu/about.
    Upon evaluation of your application, if needed, the HRB team may recommend you to switch to another Module of services.
    This can be done also by the experts, once the service started and they had a more precise assessment of your project.

  • 3. Is there a specific TRL-level that is recommended in order to get these services?

    The level of TRL is not part of recommendation and/or requirement condition to receive the HRB services. The services can be helpful for project with low TRLs as well as for those with high TRL levels.

  • 4. Is the HRB relevant at all for certain typologies of projects (e.g. MSCA Individual Fellowships, Humanities and Social Sciences, etc.)?

    All typologies of FP7/H2020/HE projects are supposed to achieve an impact (the ones indicated in the call and in the Work Programme).
    The HRB services provide support in better addressing the achievement of such impact through exploitation and joint dissemination. Depending on the scope of your project, you can have a look and apply to one or more of the different types of services.

  • 5. Can HRB help us if we have already started the project (M12) and produced deliverables such as "Exploitation strategy plan" or "Dissemination Plan"?

    Yes, HRB services can help you. You can use them to improve your exploitation strategy and to join forces with other projects for dissemination activities.

  • 6. Are HRB services supporting only Key Exploitable Results (KER) with market focus? Or scientific & societal results can also be considered as KERs?

    The HRB services support all typologies of Key Exploitable Results. Scientific & societal results are KERs as well as those with market focus.

  • 7. Why is there a limitation to the supported Key Exploitable Result in some services? Can one KER be a combination of KERs to build an attractive offering?

    The HRB experience is meant to be a learning process. The beneficiary learns new skills and competencies with the experts which they can then replicate on other KERs on their own.
    Yes, grouping KERs could be a good way to build a more attractive offer, and this could be discussed during the (e.g. PDES C) service delivery.

Service delivery

  • 1. How are the services delivered? Online or in person?

    The Horizon Results Booster services are delivered on line.
    A dedicated workspace is created in the HRB platform accessible only to registered users (applicant + colleagues interested in joining the service delivery).

  • 2. Are all the partners involved in the service delivery? What level of commitment is requested to the consortium members?

    All partners can participate to the service delivery, but it is not mandatory. It is recommended that the partners involved in exploitation/dissemination participate and/or Key Exploitable Results leading partners.
    The level of commitment depends on many factors (availability of information, level of collaboration with the experts, etc.) and on the HRB service and could go from 1 full day (8 hours spread over more days) for the PDES A to 10 full days for a BPD It generally does not exceed 10 full working days.

  • 3. Is it possible to get additional time/resources for the project in order to work with HRB? This is not an identified activity at the proposal-phase.

    It is not possible. The Horizon Results Booster services are free of charge and they help projects to pursue dissemination and exploitation strategy and implement dissemination and exploitation activities.
    As such, the Booster is a support service for projects and not an obligation. Time devoted to collaborate with experts during the service delivery would be reported in timesheets.

  • 4. Are the templates and tools used during the service delivery publicly available?

    Templates and tools used during the service delivery can be accessed only by beneficiaries of the HRB services and afterwards used in other activities.

  • 5. How are the "Project Groups" formed? How quickly we, as an individual project, can get feedback on which PG will our project be put?

    The first step of Service 1 - Module A deals with the creation of the Project Group. Appointed experts will support you in finding other similar ongoing projects from any other EU, national and regional funding initiatives to group with.
    They are selected according to similarities/complementarity of activities, stakeholders, results to create critical mass. This service lasts generally 1 month.

  • 6. What if projects in a group are potential competitors rather than potential partners?

    Such limitations must be taken into account, indeed. That's why there are different eligibility criteria (Project Groups or single projects) that can apply for the different types of services. For example, to service 2 (Business Plan Development) only an individual project that can apply. Anyway, Project Groups are always created upon consensus of all members. If a risk of potential competition is perceived, members can decide to not take part to the Project Group.

  • 7. Who organises the Exploitation Strategy Seminar in Module C? The HRB experts?

    Yes, it is the expert who organises the seminar in agreement with the beneficiaries. The Seminar is held on line.

Miscellaneous

  • 1. Do the HRB experts have some scientific and technological knowledge? Are they assigned according to a technical expertise in a particular field?

    The experts (senior and junior) providing the services cover various scientific and technological domains but they are first of all vertical experts on dissemination and exploitation. They are assigned to projects according to their domain/field.
    Anyway, it is important to know that experts act as facilitators of a process and do not replace beneficiaries in the provision of contents ((they are not consultants) during the delivery of the services.

  • 2. Can the support of HRB be mentioned in the proposal of a Horizon Europe project? Do the evaluators of proposals take into account the use of HRB services when rating the impact section? Is it good to write it into a proposal?

    You are encouraged to mention in the proposal if you plan to apply for one or more HRB services, but we would like to highlight the use of HRB services is not part of the evaluation process. So, it will not automatically increase the rating of your proposal.

  • 3. What is the role of the EC Project Officers in this service (application + implementation stages)?

    EC Project Officers are automatically notified by the HRB platform when you submit your application and when the final report of the HRB service is produced. They can participate also during the service delivery, but it is not mandatory.

  • 4. What is the difference between the HRB and the Innovation Radar?

    They have different scopes. Innovation Radar is a policy tool that helps to identify innovation potential in a project. Horizon Results Booster helps to further uptake research results, including innovations, but also other types of results. In a nutshell, Horizon Results Booster is a support service implemented by experts, while Innovation Radar is a tool that helps to assess innovation potential in a project.