A pilot service offered by NearUS, the Horizon 2020 initiative supporting the creation of ENRICH - European Network of Research and Innovation Centres and Hubs – in the USA.
Call opened: October 5, 2017 | Call closes: November 20th, 2017 – 23h59 CET (updated)
Purpose of NearUS
NearUS is an initiative funded in the framework of Horizon2020, the most comprehensive EU Research and Innovation funding program to date. The NearUS initiative will increase European and US research and innovation collaborations while strengthening the position of Europe as the world´s leading partner in science, technology and innovation. Its overarching aim is to create a sustainable network of centers with US and EU-based nodes, to enable cross-continent R&I partnerships.
During its pilot phase, NearUS proposes a variety of services for researchers and entrepreneurs. The pilot activities will be evaluated to inevitably retain the initiative’s most successful components to ensure a sustainable plan for NearUS in the future.
Services will target various, commercially viable technology maturity levels: Research2Research (R2R), Research2Market (R2M) and Business2Business (B2B) stages. This includes research connection symposia, business matchmaking opportunities, working visits and innovation tours to US organisations to explore technology/product partnerships and/or business development middle / long term opportunities, pitching to potential investors, R2M and B2B boot camps, work space access, hands on business acceleration programmes, media promotion service and more.
The pilot services will be offered separately in specific calls. This call only refers to the NearUS West Coast Innovation Tour taking place January 15th – 19th, 2018.
This first Innovation Tour is open to EU Member States and Associated Countries early stage entrepreneurs, researchers, research organizations, and clusters looking for market information, partners, investment opportunities and feedbacks for their ICT and ICT Convergence innovations.
Services offered in this specific call
NearUS is launching its first West Coast Innovation Tour as vehicle for commercialising promising EU research and technologies. Join us to discover the Silicon Valley and its surroundings next January 15-19, 2018.
This service gives you the opportunity to:
The tour will introduce 10 selected participants to accelerators, renowned US university research gems, and successful US and EU scale-ups and unicorns located in San Francisco Bay, Sacramento and the Silicon Valley. Participants will receive guidance on visa/immigration/IP/pitch support and will be introduced to potential partners including corporations and potential investors.
Additionally, state and city officials as well as the NearUS West Coast Hub (San Francisco Centre and associated partners) will be visited that can provide EU participants with soft-landing solutions and future guidance on local business trends practices and programs.
Expected outcomes and impact per participant
Target Group of this Call
In order to qualify for the provided services, applicants have to be:
This call will fund 10 participants. The costs for the venue, materials, guest speakers, catering during the event and transportation within the US are covered.
Participants will however have to cover the costs for flights to and from the United States, as well as other costs not mentioned above (e.g. ESTA/VISA application costs, health insurance, accommodation, dinners, etc.) by themselves. A package for the hotels will be proposed at a negotiated price.
All applicants must register at the electronic submission tool PT-Outline https://secure.pt-dlr.de/ptoutline/app/nearus_Services. It is highly advised that applicants submit no later than two days before the participant cycles end of each program, NearUS staff will assist with questions or portal issues for applicants. Besides basic information, applicants must mark checklist for actual criteria and must complete each section of the application.
The Online Submission Form is structured in four different pages, each one including various sections that need to be filled in by the applicant.
On page four you will find the "Application form" and “Pitch deck”, which have to be uploaded at the final submission stage.
Additionally, there is a fifth page for checking and submitting the application.
Evaluation and Selection Procedure
The fundamental principles governing the evaluation of the applications are:
The evaluation process involves three steps:
The applicant must:
October 5, 2017
Submission of application and call closes
November 20, 2017
(at 23h59 CET)
Selection of 20 applicants
November 20, 2017
November 21-29, 2017
Information for the applicants if they were chosen or not
November 30, 2017
Innovation Tour to San Francisco,
Sacramento and Silicon Valley
January 15-19, 2018
For questions regarding the Innovation Tour, please contact: