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Moedas hails successful Seal of Excellence launch

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The Seal of Excellence instrument introduced to link EU structural funds with Horizon 2020 has been used for the first time, research commissioner Carlos Moedas has said.

Five hundred of 2000 eligible proposals submitted to the SME Instrument of Horizon 2020 have been awarded the Seal of Excellence, Moedas said at an event on European innovation ecosystems hosted by the Committee of the Regions in Brussels on 26 January. The Italian region of Lombardy, plus Spain, Sweden and Cyprus have received the most awards. 

The seal is a sign for the awarders of structural funds that a project has been assessed to be of a high standard but could not be funded for budgetary reasons. The SME Instrument is being used to test the seal before it is rolled out to other parts of Horizon 2020.

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