Individual Evaluation Report or IER is the model on which the evaluation of the individual proposal dedicated to the EIC Accelerator is based.
Basically, the European Innovation Council has prepared an evaluation grid based on 5 main applications: Operational Capacity, Sub-contracting, Technical Readiness Level (TRL), Use of embryonic stem cells (hESC) and Scope of the proposal, to which the respective scores are attributed.
Scoring of each evaluation sub-criterion is given out of 10 points, one decimal digit may be used. The system automatically transforms the total score to convert the scale of marks from out of ten used for the sub-criteria to out of 5 for the main criterion.
In addition, the indicative appraisal scale per sub-criterion is:
- Very Good to Excellent (9 – 10)
- Good to Very Good (7 – 8.99)
- Fair to Good (5 – 6.99)
- Insufficient to Fair (3 – 4.99)
- Insufficient (0 – 2.99)
Here are the applications specifically and what is considered by the evaluators of IER.
IER: Operational Capacity and the Three Evaluation Award Criterias
Operational capacity includes three evaluation award criterias: impact, excellence and quality and efficiency of implementation. The total threshold is 13, including the three thresholds of each criteria of 4 score.
First, the evaluators consider the information provided in the proposal on the basic operational capacity of all partners to carry out the proposed work.
If one of the candidates were not considered to have the operational capacity, the quality and efficiency of implementation would be below the threshold, i.e. a score of less than 4 would be awarded.
Conversely, if all partners are considered adequate, the partner(s) concerned will be indicated with a brief explanation.
Criterion 1 – Impact
This section is primarily dedicated to demonstrating a solid business model and marketing strategy, sound financial planning and a proven capacity for expansion.
In particular, this criterion should demonstrate how the proposed innovation meets a pressing need in European and global markets if it will generate revenue and create jobs and has an international dimension.
It is therefore a question of describing, in a convenience way, a substantial demand (including willingness to pay) for innovation; demand generated by new ideas, with the potential to create new markets, is particularly sought after. In addition to an explanation of the total size of the expected market.
Criterion 2 – Excellence
The key element to measure the criterion of excellence is that the project has a high potential for innovation and goes beyond the state of the art. It has a strong added value, is feasible and better than existing solutions.
Evaluators will consider the potential to create new markets or significantly affect existing ones.
In this sense, it would be appropriate to describe the idea of high risk/high potential innovation that has something that nobody else has. It should be better and/or significantly different from any alternative. Ideas that change the game or revolutionary innovations are particularly sought after. Moreover, its high degree of novelty has a high probability of success or failure.
Criterion 3 – Quality and Efficiency of Implementation
Implementation means that the proposed work plan is efficient and consistent with a realistic timetable. The team has the technical and commercial expertise to provide. The ability and motivation to bring innovation to the market is assessed – assessment of the ability to leverage sufficient investment.
Where relevant, the proposal includes a plan to acquire the missing skills, in particular through partnerships and/or subcontracting, and explains why and how they are selected (subcontractors should be selected according to the “best value for money” principles).
The realistic timetable and the full description of the implementation (work packages, main results and milestones, risk management) must take into account the ambitions and innovation objectives of the company or applicant.
Subcontracting, TRL, hESC and Scope of the proposal of the IER
Where applicable, subcontracting may be an essential part of project implementation, although it should not be disproportionate to the estimated total eligible costs.
In practice, with subcontracting, the estimated budget and the planned procedure for selecting subcontractors must be appropriate. Specifically:
- for known subcontractors: key information on the award procedure for subcontracting will be provided in the proposal (name of subcontractor, price and subject matter), together with the action activities that will be subcontracted and an explanation of why the subcontractor and the price are appropriate.
- For unknown subcontractors (subcontracting activities): the proposal should establish the activities to be subcontracted, the estimated budget and the procedure that will follow to ensure the best value for money.
As far as the Technological Relevance Level or TRL is concerned, the proposal is considered in case it receives the “Seal of Excellence” and in view of compliance with the General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER).
The question regarding TRL will be: does the proposed project contain activities above TRL 8? TRL 8 corresponds to “complete and qualified system” (not yet tested in the operational environment).
By default, on the IER, the answer is set to ‘No’, but if the assessment reveals a TRL greater than 8, it is important to switch the radio button to ‘Yes’.
Finally, whether or not the proposal provides for the use of human embryonic stem cells or hESC, what is assessed is essentially the rationale for the use or not of them to achieve the scientific objectives of the proposal.
On the other hand, the scope of the proposal is assessed on whether it corresponds, in whole or in part, to the description of the topic on which it is presented in the relevant part of the work program.