Are you an awardee of the European Commission EIC Accelerator Phase II program (former SME Instrument Phase II) ?
The Solar Impulse Foundation recently launched a collaboration with the European Commission (EC) with the aim of creating an equivalence between the EC selection process and the criteria assessed for the Solar Impulse Efficient Solution Label.
The aim of the equivalence is to recognize the projects selected by the EC as a part of the Solar Impulse Foundations 1000 Solutions portfolio, to provide visibility, credibility, and to further help them connect with potential stakeholders such as investors, clients, companies, and cities.
To this end, we invite you to apply for the Solar Impulse Label.
The Solar Impulse Efficient Solution label seeks to identify those solutions that bring together the protection of the environment and financial viability, demonstrating that such solutions are not expensive costs but rather opportunities for clean economic growth.
If your project was funded or awarded the Seal of Excellence in the scope of the European Innovation Council (EIC) Accelerator pilot Phase-2 / SME Instrument Phase-2 programme (see details of the requirements in the section below), you are only a few steps away from potentially obtaining the Solar Impulse Efficient solutions Label !
Indeed, the information you have previously used in your EIC Accelerator Pilot Phase-2 proposal can be used to speed up the application process for the Label. As only additional step, you will be required to respond to two question regarding the Environmental Impact of your Solution (approx. 30-45 min).
Awardee of the EIC Accelerator Phase II program can easily apply for the Solar Impulse Label.
The Solution was granted funding or a Seal of Excellence in the scope of the European Innovation Council (EIC) Accelerator pilot Phase-2 / SME Instrument Phase-2 programme within the past 5 years;
The Solution fits in the Solar Impulse Efficient Solution Label eligibility scope (section 2).
The Solution obtained an overall rating of 3,5/5 minimum to the seven sub-criteria given by the EC evaluators.
The Solution successfully validates the Solar Impulse Label Environmental Benefits criterion after assessment by three independent Solar Impulse voluntary Experts.
Not part of European Commission EIC Accelerator Phase II program (former SME Instrument Phase II) but still part of H2020 programme?
If your project belongs to other H2020 programmes (e.g. H2020/LCE; H2020/FCH JTI; H2020 SC5; H2020/EIT Climate KIC and many others…) you can still apply for the Label following our regular submission process. In addition, we are happy to support you and verify whether the information you have previously used in your H2020 proposal could potentially be used to speed up the application process.
We advise you to contact us directly (firstname.lastname@example.org) so that we can review your files and give you advice on how to proceed. It is likely that most of the information/documents you have provided to the EC for the H2020 funding can be used for the Solar Impulse’s application and save you significant amount of time.
The Environmental Impact Section aims at understanding the incremental environmental benefit of your Solution versus a mainstream alternative, considering the lifecycle (production, use and disposal stages) of its value chain. This section contains three key questions which will require you to: (1) identify one representative example of use of your Solution; (2) identify the “mainstream alternative to your Solution”; provide information on the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) or alternatively fill-in a simplified LCA assessment.
You can find the key questions contained in the Solution Submission Form here( https://solarimpulse.com/pdf/solution-submission-form.pdf ) (please refer to sections 1, 2, 4, and 6 only). In addition, we are in the process of creating a pre-filled Solution Submission Form for you to use as a reference/example.
In order to highlight the environmental and economic benefit(s) of the Solution it is necessary to define a « mainstream alternative ». in this context the « mainstream alternative » is considered to be the alternative to the Solution which currently serves a large share of the market (at least 40%) in the same geographical context. For example: the mainstream alternative to a “compostable-bamboo” phone case (sold in Europe) would be a “silicone-based” phone case.
Once you complete and submit the SSF online, our Technical Team will review the information you have provided to ensure minimum standards of quality and eligibility scope are satisfied. The Technical Team will eventually come back to you if clarifications, modifications. or sentence/paragraph rewrites are needed. Once your application is validated, it will be sent to the three external independent Experts for evaluation; at this stage is no longer possible for you to modify or re-submit your dossier. However, the Experts have the possibility to use the online chatbox tool to speak directly to you (in anonymous form) and request additional information if deemed to be relevant in the context of their evaluation.
The assessment methodology is designed to evaluate candidate Solutions against five criteria grouped in three different themes that are: Feasibility (Crtierion1: Credibility of Concept; Criterion 2: Scalability), Environmental Impact (Criterion 3) and Profitability (Criterion 4: Clients economic benefits; Criterion 5: Seller’s Profitability) . You can see an example of Solution Assessment Form used by our external independent Experts during evaluation here. ( https://solarimpulse.com/pdf/solution-assessment-form.pdf ) However, In the context of the SIF/EIC-SME2 Equivalence, the three criteria evaluated in the EIC Accelerator Pilot Phase-2 proposal (Excellence, Impact and Implementation) are considered to be equivalent to four out of five Solar Impulse Efficient Solution Label’s criteria, therefore our independent Experts will be only evaluating your Solution for the third criterion - Environmental Impact.
You are welcome to re-apply for the Solar Impulse Efficient Solution Label at any time, please consider that is compulsory to amend the missing information or show effectively that progress has been made compared to the initial proposal. In this regard, we invite you to also take into account the reviewers’ comments that will be available to you in the Assessment Summary Report, and potentially contact our Technical team to discuss your re-submission.
We get many applications and we appreciate the time and effort that goes that goes into each one. The Expert panel working at the Solar Impulse Foundation takes great care in evaluating your Solution and looking at every aspect of your submission in order to reflect the effort and thought that has gone into it. Normally evaluations take approximately 8 weeks, and it is rare that a submission is considered for longer. However, please be aware that the up-mentioned timeline can be subjected to delays depending on several factors (e.g. Experts availability, complexity of the topic analysed, member’s responsiveness to questions …).
No, While both EIC-SME Phase 1 and Phase 2 instruments are specifically designed to promote innovation activities, they are intended to support different phases of innovation development. In particular, only SME Phase 2 projects are eligible for the SIF/EC equivalence, as they are devised to support the implementation of an innovation-driven business plan and thus to move from proof of concept/clinical studies to successful commercialisation. Indeed, the notion of profitability, for both Client(s) and Seller, is a fundamental aspect assessed for the Solar Impulse Efficient Solution Label. As a result, projects belonging to SME Phase 1 scheme can still apply for the Label following our regular submission process (depending on their level of maturity) but they are not eligible for the SIF/EC equivalence.
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