ICONS wins the Horizon Results Booster contract!

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The largest contract ever awarded by the European Commission to support impact from research projects

The “Horizon Results Booster” consortium led by META Group and including ICONS, Ecorys, Trust IT Srl, BDO Advisory CVBA, PNO Consultants (subcontractor) has won the 4-year European Commission contract worth €12 million called the “Common Support Service for Dissemination, Exploitation and Valorisation of Research Results”. 

The new service contract by DG Research aims to provide FP7 and H2020 EU-funded projects with the expert support needed to convert their research into user-ready results via effective dissemination and exploitation strategies.

Although Europe accounts for 20% of global research investment and produces one-third of all scientific publications, there is a limited capacity within Europe to convert scientific breakthroughs into usable results and industrial and commercial successes – the so-called European paradox. The Horizon Results Booster aims to buck this trend, by supporting researchers throughout Europe to unleash their innovative potential.

The consortium will mobilise more than 200 experts to guide the researchers and projects’ consortia to generate impacts on society, economy, environment and policymaking.

“We are very proud for the assignment of this contract, the largest ever awarded by the European Commission, and excited to be part of this high-level pool of experts in R&I dissemination, exploitation and policy recommendations in EC priority areas. After more than 20 years supporting hundreds of projects in boosting their impacts through effective dissemination & exploitation strategies and research of new methodologies and frameworks in science communication and business innovation, this contract represents our greatest achievement and a well-deserved recognition of ICONS’ added value in the EU R&I ecosystem” says Mario Martinoli, Founder and Co-chair of ICONS.

Over the next four years, ICONS will supply free of charge expert support to any EU funded project wishing to boost the dissemination and exploitation potential of their research results, via: 𝗣𝗼𝗿𝘁𝗳𝗼𝗹𝗶𝗼 𝗗𝗶𝘀𝘀𝗲𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗘𝘅𝗽𝗹𝗼𝗶𝘁𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗦𝘁𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗴𝘆 services – developing a portfolio of results and design an effective dissemination and exploitation strategy – and 𝗚𝗼 𝘁𝗼 𝗠𝗮𝗿𝗸𝗲𝘁 services to get their research ready for commercialization.

“ICONS holds more than 20 years of experience in successfully designing and implementing communication, business and social innovation strategies for EU funded projects and researchers” says Elena Gaboardi, Founder and Co-chair of ICONS. “We are now ready and eager to take this challenge, which is fully in line with our mission to steer research towards strong societal, economic and environmental impacts and create tangible effects for the benefit of all”. 

More information: www.horizonresultsbooster.eu

Media contact: Marcello Bardellini marcello.bardellini@icons.it