SME Instrument Phase 1 Ultimate Self-Assessment Tool

SME Instrument Phase 1 Ultimate Self-Assessment Tool


Interactive online self-assessment tool simulates the typical evaluation process of SME-1 proposal.


  • understand what evaluators will look for in your proposal

  • objectively assess your proposal and recognize its potential for success

  • understand the full potential of your innovation

  • identify the strengths and weaknesses of your proposal

  • recognize and avoid mistakes that could kill your proposal

  • better allocate your time and effort when preparing the proposal

  • improve your proposal in line with the actual evaluation criteria

  • prepare a winning SME-1 proposal


    • automatically calculate individual criteria (Excellence, Impact, Implementation) scores based on your evaluaton marks

    • return the results in a form of Evaluation Summary Report, with specification of scores for each of the main criteria and the total score

    • give you the information whether the proposal has passed each of the thresholds or not

    • give you a realistic and objective assessment result, comparable to the most likely EC evaluation result 


    A great Idea is not enough

    An excellent project proposal is essential. In order to prepare one, most winners have relied on outsourced EU proposal experts. But good experts are expensive and have only limited time. This means that organisations, that already have funding, also have the best chances to succeed. But it should be exactly the opposite. The EU funds should support those projects that cannot be realized due to lack of or insufficient funding.

    Fair opportunity for everyone

    We decided to change this and give everybody a fair opportunity to get their project funded. This is how the H2020 Manuals were born. We decided to share our knowledge and know-how in this manual and make it accessible to larger public at just a fraction of the regular cost. In this way we can help more great ideas succeed and we give an opportunity to all those, who cannot afford a one-on-one consultancy.

    Our experience shows that...

    Most of the winning proposals use similar writing approach, formation and tricks that allow them to be assessed fast and earn exceptional evaluation scores. On the other hand, most of the rejected SME Instrument proposals fail to deliver the right information, contain fatal mistakes or drop out essential but not obvious elements that are critical for success.