IF: Society and Enterprise Panel: One of the award criteria highlight “Quality and credibility of the research/innovation project”. Are SMEs encouraged to apply with Research Projects close to market or with high TLR (technology readiness level)? What kind of innovation is expected from the evaluators / REA?

Work done by SMEs implies that the projects are closer to the market than for a typical IF application with an academic host. The question is whether the evaluators will appreciate this or not. At the last meeting, REA asked the NCPs to try to encourage non-academic sector evaluators to sign up, so we think they are planning to deal with this by using more non-academic evaluators for the S&E panel, but if they do not have enough, they may have to fall-back on academic evaluators. This is a definite risk.