Receiving financial support for research as part of the SWAN programme (Seal of excellence WAlloNia) – Phase 1

Summary

The “Seal of Excellence” is a certificate that is individually provided to each applicant whose project has received a favourable assessment from a European SME Instrument – Phase 1 call; however, it could not be funded due to the absence of a sufficient budget.

The objective of the SWAN – Phase 1 programme is to allow SMEs to obtain alternative funding, via the performance of a feasibility study, for their SME Instrument project, so that their innovation can be implemented and contribute to societal and economic development, while minimising their administrative processes and accelerating funding procedures.

Key points

The company’s financial strength is assessed in accordance with the procedure outlined on the Wallonia research and technology portal: http://recherche-technologie.wallonie.be/go/anafin.

In detail

Target audience – details
  • An SME which has a business unit in Wallonia, that satisfies the definition of the recommendation from the European Commission of 6 May 2003 (2003/361/EC) (Official Journal L124 of 20 May 2003). At the time of submitting the application, the company must not be experiencing difficulties, in accordance with the guidelines from the European Union concerning State aid and the rescue and restructuring of companies in difficulty.
     
  • The SWAN programme is aimed exclusively at SMEs that hold a Seal of Excellence issued by the European Commission for the relevant project(s).
     
  • SMEs that hold a Seal of Excellence issued by the European Commission for an SME Instrument – Phase 1 project
Benefits

The conditions according to which the aid will be granted, as well as the amount and the definition of admissible expenses, are established in the Decree of 3 July 2008 concerning support for research, development and innovation in Wallonia and its implementing decrees.

The maximum level of aid is 75%, which corresponds to a maximum amount of €50,000.

The aid is requested to cover consultancy and subcontracting costs related to the performance of the feasibility study, in accordance with Articles 54–57 of the Decree of 3 July 2008 concerning support for research, development and innovation in Wallonia.

Procedure

There is no call for this programme. An application may be submitted at any time.

  • Stage 1: The funding-application form is submitted to SPW Research. The online application form for funding in Wallonia must be accompanied by the following documents;
    • The proposal that was submitted via the European Commission’s portal at the time of the SME Instrument – Phase 1 call;
    • The evaluation report (ESR: Evaluation Summary Report) concerning the proposal that was submitted via the European Commission’s portal at the time of the SME Instrument – Phase 1 call;
    • The “Seal of Excellence” issued by the European Commission concerning the proposal that was submitted via the European Commission’s portal at the time of the SME Instrument – Phase 1 call.
    • These three documents are signed digitally by the European Commission.
  • Stage 2: Evaluation of the proposal: As the scientific and technical evaluation of the proposal has already been carried out by the European Commission, these aspects will not be re-evaluated by SPW Research.
    • The additional SPW Research form aims to verify the eligibility of the research costs and to describe the potential impact of the planned research on regional socio-economic development. This form will be completed in French.
  • Stage 3: Notification of the funding decision. All these documents will serve as the basis for drafting the agreement, if the SWAN – Phase 1 project is selected for funding.
     
  • Identification – Authentication – Signature
    • Funding applications are submitted exclusively via the online ONTIME platform, which is part of the Wallonia research and technology portal.
    • This platform works with a strong authentication system, which requires an email address. If you have not already done so, you will need to create an account on the platform via a link that is provided on the home page. Every time you log in, a temporary password will be sent to this email address so you can connect.
    • Note that the platform does not currently use any electronic-signing mechanism for submitting funding applications.
  • Supporting documents to be provided:
    • The proposal that was submitted via the European Commission’s portal at the time of the SME Instrument – Phase 1 call;
    • The evaluation report (ESR: Evaluation Summary Report) concerning the proposal that was submitted via the European Commission’s portal at the time of the SME Instrument – Phase 1 call;
    • The "Seal of Excellence" issued by the European Commission concerning the proposal that was submitted via the European Commission’s portal at the time of the SME Instrument – Phase 1 call;
    • Signature of the applicants
  • Application-processing deadlines:
    • Generally speaking, the time between the submission of your application and notification of the financing decision varies between three months and six months. This time frame is provided as an indication and may not be met. We do everything we can to provide you with a decision as quickly as possible. 
Conditions
  • Walloon participants agree to provide the financial, material and human resources needed to complete the project.
  • Any information that is needed for the evaluation must be made available.
  • Eligibility rules for the SWAN – Phase 1 programme:
    • The recipient must hold a “Seal of Excellence” certificate for the submitted project. 
  • Eligibility rules for funding from the administration:
    • Walloon participants must have a business unit in Wallonia.
    • Walloon participants must comply with the region’s VAT and social-security regulations.
    • Walloon participants’ other projects, which were  previously funded by the SPW-DGO6, must be in good order. “In good order” is understood to mean that the business reports and debt statements have been submitted and validated by the DGO6. The relevant business reports and debt statements are those for the period that ended no later than the date of submission for this project.
    • The research (or part thereof)  may not have already received public funding (double funding).
    • A project cannot last for more than 6 months.
    • In the event that the project that is funded by Wallonia is resubmitted to the European Commission and selected for funding, the recipient must inform Wallonia of this immediately and the agreement will be terminated.

Useful documents

Contacts

Services

NCP Wallonia
010/48 50 39

Personnes de contact

Monsieur QUERTAIN Fabrice  
Attaché qualifié 
081/33.45.68
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