The importance of the impact in H2020 projects

On the 24th of April, the EuroFUE attended to a session organized by IPR Helpdesk about the intellectual property and the impact in Horizon 2020 projects. Michele Dubbin (Intellectual Property and Innovation Consultant) highlighted the exploitation and dissemination of the results in order to achieve a real impact that gives continuity to the projects, a feature highly valued by the European Commission.

According to Dubbin, the European Commission realized that the results of the projects remained unused once the project ended. Hence that now it is stricter in terms of visibility, communication, dissemination, exploitation and impact of the projects, in order to give the best performance to the subsidies delivered, since it is not enough to get a 10 in the part of ‘Excellence’ we must enhance the impact and exploitation to get a good project proposal. It was pointed out that the exploitation of the projects does not have to be necessarily economic, it can be the free use of the results for the education sector, for future research…

Before starting communication and dissemination tasks, it was advised to know how the results should be protected. It is advisable to establish a priori what will be needed for dissemination and that the entire consortium is in agreement with in order to avoid future problems of intellectual property. It is compatible that the work has a copyright and that it is published in Open Access. Therefore, the process begins defining the needs, followed by protecting the results, then the dissemination and finally the exploitation. In any case, 45 days before making the results public, all partners must be notified so they can see it if necessary. It was also commented that there is special attention with the patents, that only work in the registered territory and do not last forever. Having a license is essential to give credibility to projects.

Finally, Michele Dubbin explained the difference between communication and dissemination. The first term consists of transmitting the existence of the project, that is, informing society about what the project consists of and what benefits it has for citizens. While the main point of dissemination is the results, there is no dissemination before the results, so this activity is carried out at the end to maximize the impact.

Meeting H2020 Comission of the Comunidad Valenciana


On Thursday the 12th the meeting of the H2020 Commission of the Comunidad Valenciana took place in the Instituto Valenciano de Competitividad Empresarial (IVACE). For the first time Nela Gómez participated representing the FUE-UJI, together with other new incorporations from the DG Salud, Fundación Valenciaport and Climate KIC.

First, the monitoring indicators of the Action Plan CV H2020 were presented by the Secretaría Técnica, which showed an important improvement of the indicators regarding the VII Programa Marco and it was confirmed the compliance of the 106% of the partial return objective 2014-2017, with 234 million euros compared to the 222 million euros budgeted. The gain in terms of the relative importance of the Comunidad Valenciana was highlighted as it improves from the 6,6% of the VII PM to the 8,4% at the end of 2017. It was also valued the great contribution of the companies to H2020 with 84 million euros and 168 participant companies, most of them SMEs.

Then Climate-KIC, the main initiative of H2020 and the UE about climate change was introduced. Continuedly, the interventions from the Directorates-General and the panel of experts took place.

To conclude the day, the IVACE raised the 10 Infodays planned until the end of the year that are organised from IVACE-SEIMED with CDTI and REDIT and also Climate KIC on topics related to climate change.