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FAQ

This webpage only addresses questions related to innovation vouchers, i.e. Prototyping Vouchers, Customized Solution Innovation Vouchers and Co-working Disruption Lab Vouchers. For travel vouchers, there is a separate FAQ

Support Documents

The following documents might clarify already a lot of the questions you might have. We suggest you check this page, where you might find the answers to your questions, before reaching out to us.

Voucher framework – Explanation of the funding system and the target group

Open call document – What topics are considered for funding? Which deadlines apply? What is the available budget?

Application and Reporting Documents – What information has to be provided for the application?

Eligibility

Is our organization eligible for funding?

To receive funding, the applying organizations must fulfill the below criteria:

Our consortium is existing of two start-ups (one with VAT, the other one without; both without economic activity as at an early stage) and would like to apply for a voucher. Are we eligible?

If you are not sure if you are an SME or not, please use the SME self-assessment questionnaire: http://ec.europa.eu/growth/tools-databases/SME-Wizard/ and determine whether your organisation qualifies as a small and medium-sized enterprise and consequently if it´s eligible.

What are the starting TRLs for the Prototyping Voucher and the Customised Solution Innovation Voucher?

DIGI-B-CUBE doens’t have any TRL requirements. However, the purpose as stated in the voucher description applies: For PV development and proof of a concept. For CSIV a proven concept has to exist and will be further developed.

How do the DIGI-B-CUBE Cluster Partners support matchmaking among the SMEs interested in the voucher-based funding?

Matchmaking tool on DIGI-B-CUBE online platform, matchmaking events and assistance by consortium (reach out by email).

Can two companies which apply for a voucher be from the same country?

Yes.

In relation to the eligibility assessment procedure – in order to demonstrate that an SME is operating in the eligible field is it necessary to provide any supporting document (such as statutory documents, etc.)?

Only upon request. The consortium checks the SME website; in case of doubts it can request statutory documents.

Can public or research hospitals be part of the consortium? Are they eligible for funding?

A public or research hospital can be part of the consortium. It is not eligible, except if it is an SME.

Can non-European organisation be eligible for sub-contracting?

Yes.

Application

How does my organization/the project consortium apply for a voucher?

  1. Register your organization on the DIGI-B-CUBE platform.
  2. The legal signatory of your organization has to approve your organization’s profile by clicking a link in an email sent to him or her.
  3. Find collaboration partners to form a consortium and select a lead beneficiary who is in charge of submitting the application.
  4. The lead partner of your consortium submits the voucher application via the DIGI-B-CUBE platform
  5. The other beneficiaries confirm their participation.

What happens if a member of the project consortium withdraws from the application or does not confirm its participation?

The whole voucher project application is considered withdrawn/incomplete. The remaining partners can find a new partner if necessary and re-apply. The cut-off deadlines apply regardless.

 

What happens if one member of the project consortium requesting funding is found to be not eligible during the evaluation period?

The whole voucher project application is considered invalid. The remaining partners can find a new partner if necessary and re-apply in the next phase of the open call (if applicable).

What are the responsibilities of the lead beneficiary?

The lead beneficiary is the main point of contact between the DIGI-B-CUBE consortium and the innovation voucher project consortium. This SME is in charge of submitting the voucher application for the project consortium. It is also in charge of submitting the first part of the intermediate and/or final report that contains information about the performance and the major results of the project (incl. a short description of the work done by all partners), as well as derivations from the proposed workplan that may have arisen.

Do the members of the innovation voucher project consortium have to be located in specific countries?

We encourage cross-border collaboration within Europe. However, there are no requirements, expect that the SMEs in the consortium receiving funding are headquartered in a EU Member State or Horizon2020-associated country.

 

Can two hybrid (health&IT) SMEs submit together?

Two hybrid SMEs can work together as long as both sectors (health and IT) are represented.

When do we hear about the results of the selection?

For prototyping and customized solution innovation voucher applications, the results of the first round of the open call with deadline 29th of July 2020 are announced on 28th of August 2020.

Co-working disruption lab vouchers will be evaluated continuously after the call for project proposals for this voucher type opens on 28th of October 2020 and we will inform you about our decision within 4 weeks.

 

Can non-European organisation be eligible for sub-contracting?

Yes.

Implementation of the project

Our project was selected for funding. When does the project have to start?

Prototyping voucher projects and customized solution innovation voucher projects awarded in the first round of the call have to start latest on 30th September 2020.

What is the DIGI-B-CUBE point of view about the intellectual properties that could be generated by SME and IT partner?

Agreements about ownership of Interlectual Property generated in the Project (IF Foreground) is the responsibility of the project partners, not of DIGI-B-CUBE. We recommend to have a agreement governing the owenrship. If no agreement exists, the third party grant agreement of DIGI-B-CUBE states soley that the party that generates the IP Foreground will own it.

Are the applications evaluated also under an ethical point of view?

Applicants have to fill out an ethical self-assessment. Based on that and at the discretion of the reviewers the application might be submitted to an additional ethical review.

Reporting

What are the responsibilities of the lead beneficiary?

The lead beneficiary is the main point of contact between the DIGI-B-CUBE consortium and the innovation voucher project consortium. This SME is in charge of submitting the voucher application for the project consortium. It is also in charge of submitting the first part of the intermediate and/or final report that contains information about the performance and the major results of the project (incl. a short description of the work done by all partners), as well as derivations from the proposed workplan that may have arisen.

Does the SME from the health sector have to be the lead partner of the project?

The health company does not have to be the lead partner.

Funding / financial provisions

What is a voucher?

In DIGI-B-CUBE, we provide funding for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) through a voucher system. A voucher is basically a declaration from the Project Coordinator (Oslo Cancer Cluster) that your organization will be reimbursed for costs incurred for a specific purpose within the DIGI-B-CUBE project.

Can a non-SME entity such as a university be a subcontractor?

Yes.

Can a non-SME entity (e.g. a hospital) be the “problem provider” and work with two IT/hybrid SMEs which develop a solution? If so, can the non-SME entity additionally get a subcontracting by the other two SMEs?

There is the possibility that two IT or hybrid companies develop an innovative solution for a non-SME entity (e.g. hospital). The non-SME entity cannot be at the same time contracting / contract provider and subcontractor in the same project. So, in fact they can be (non-eligible) partner in the project OR subcontractor.

When does a beneficiary receive the pre-financing (if applicable)?

Two weeks after signing the grant agreement with the DIGI-B-CUBE coordinator.

Is funding received in DIGI-B-CUBE considered under the De-minimis funding cap?

No, the De-minimis funding cap does not apply to funding received in DIGI-B-CUBE. Therefore, if your organization already reached it limit under the EU De-minimis rules, it can still receive funding from DIGI-B-CUBE.

 

Can the money be transferred to a private bank account?

No, we can only transfer money to a company account, except if the company is a “sole proprietorship” business. In this case, indicate this in the voucher report form and provide your organization number.

Are other direct costs such as costs for equipment, material and consumables eligible?

No. Only personnel and subcontracting costs are eligible. Subcontracting costs are limited to 20% of the voucher value.”