SIGMA Programme: The 1st Call Seal of Excellence 2020, EIC Accelerator Pilot 2020

This call is financed from the National Recovery Plan within component 5.2 entitled “Support for research and development in companies and introduction of innovations into business practice” and its investment “Aid for research and development in synergy effects with the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation”.

BASIC parameters

Launch of the Call: September 30, 2022
Deadline for proposals submission: October 30, 2022
Notification of accepted proposals: November 2022
Budget of the call: 200 mil CZK
Maximum amount per project: 25 mil CZK
Maximum funding rate (intensity) per project: 70%
Applicants main applicant: small and medium enterprises

TA CR Contact Person:
Sabína Bodáková
+420 775 862 722

General conditions for application

The rules of this call for applicants are based on the “SIGMA” Programme. TA CR will support successful subjects from The Resilience Recovery fund.The total amount of TA CR support per call for applicants is 200 mil. CZK of which a maximum of 25 mil. CZK per project. The maximum intensity of support for the project is 70%.


Documents for applicants are here in section “Dokumenty”.

About SoE

The Seal of Excellence (SoE) is a quality label awarded by the Commission to proposals which has been assessed in a call for proposals under a Union instrument and are deemed to comply with the quality requirements of that Union instrument but could not be funded due to budgetary constraints. These projects are judged to deserve funding and might receive support from other Union or national sources of funding.

The Seal of Excellence certificate recognises the value of the proposal and helps other funding bodies take advantage of the high quality Commission evaluation process.

The Seal of Excellence certificate indicates basic information on the proposal, the call and the proposer. It demonstrates political commitment by displaying the signatures of the Commissioners. It is unique and safe. It is digitally sealed against fraud, as is the project proposal and evaluation summary report.

Under Horizon Europe, the EU’s research and innovation funding programme until 2027, the quality and impact of the Seal of Excellence will be strengthen.

The Commission launched the Seal of Excellence initiative at the end of 2015 and the label could be first awarded to proposals which applied under Horizon 2020.