If you are considering applying to the SmartEEs Call for Application Experiments (AEs), please download and consult the FAQ document (pdf file) where you can find a list of frequently asked questions and answers  which could help you clarify any doubts you may have about the rules of participation in the SmartEEs Call for AEs.

FAQ is a living document, constantly updated with new questions and answers. Therefore, please stay tuned for new versions of the FAQ!

Alternatively, you can check the list of questions and answers below.

1. What is an Innovative Company (IC)?

Innovative Companies (ICs) are legal entities (start-up, SME and midcap) chosen through open calls. The ICs implement Application Experiments (AE) with the objective to validate the implementation of Flexible electronics technologies into functional and operational demonstrators. They are third parties.

2. What is an Application Experiment (AE)?

Application Experiments (AE) are 20 collaborative projects centred on Innovative Companies (ICs). Each AE will be centred on the needs of a single IC, possibly associating Other Third Parties as partners. Each AE will be coordinated by one of the 7 Competences Centres which will act as the Service Delivery Manager.

3. Who are Competence Centers?

Competence Centres are CEA, CPI, TNO, VTT, EUT, FHG and IMEC.

4. What is a Business Network?

Business Network will contribute to the IC outreach, networking and dissemination activities for the Project. The Business Network partner is EBN.

5. Who are Innovation and Business Developers?

Innovation and Business Developers are in charge of product trajectory, business support and access to finance. They are BLM, AMI, CEA, FhG, CPI, EUT, and TNO.

6. What is cascade funding?

Cascade Funding means financial support from the EC which will be distributed by the Service Delivery Manager to the IC for the needs of an AE.

7. Who are investors?

Investors are Legal entities and third parties to the SmartEEs consortium. 

8. Who are other third parties?

Other Third Party is an EU based entity that can be a supplier, technology provider and/or technology adopter.

9. What are Digital Innovation Hubs?

Digital Innovation Hubs are ecosystems that consist of SMEs, large industries, start-ups, researchers, accelerators and investors. They aim at creating the best conditions for long-term business success for all parties involved. They help ensuring that every company, small or large, high-tech or not, can grasp the digital opportunities.