IF-2016: Society and Enterprise Panel: One of the award criteria highlight “Quality and credibility of the research/innovation project;” Are you encouraging SMEs to apply with Research Projects close to market or with high TLR? What kind of innovation is expecting from the evaluators / REA?

the nature of the work being done by SMEs means that the projects will be closer to the market than for a typical IF application with academic host. The question is whether the evaluators will appreciate this or not. At the last NCP meeting, REA asked us to try to encourage non-academic sector evaluators to sign up, so I think they are planning to deal with this by using more NA 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