Cécile Huet – European Commission
Mariusz Baldyga – European Commission
Magdalena Szwochertowska – European Commission
The EU has put in place a series of measures within the framework of the Horizon 2020 programme to support European companies, also in the robotics sector. Grants and financial instruments (e.g. loan guarantees, loans and equity) have been incorporated in a framework, in order to help better exploit complementarities across instruments and facilitate the transfer of research results to the market in the form of products or services. Financial instruments provide an innovative way of investing in growth-enhancing robotics companies and activities.
Financial innovation investments beyond H2020 grants for the robotics constituency support the objectives of the DEI strategy. The opportunities offered by financial instruments through EIB and EIF under Horizon2020 (InnovFin) and the Juncker investment package (EFSI: European Fund for Strategic Investments) will be presented. Research and Innovation investments under the Regional Innovation Strategies for Smart Specializations (RIS3) from the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) (e.g. through Innovation Vouchers or Seals for Excellence) are also in the scope of the workshop. Other EU innovation instruments, such as offered by HORIZON2020 and COSME (SME and FTI instruments) will be presented.
Agenda of the workshop
• 5’ Introduction by the moderator
• 45’ Presentations workshop (financial instruments –EC/EIF/EIB)
• 30’ Round table discussion
• 10’ Conclusions and next steps