Innovation in SMEs
The aim of the SME Instrument is to fill the gaps in funding for the early stages, Research and Innovation and accelerating the exploitation of innovation. Projects will be selected through a bottom-up approach within a given societal challenge or enabling technology of H2020. They must be of clear interest and benefit to SMEs and have a clear European dimension.
The programme is designed for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises that are EU-based or established in a country associated to Horizon 2020.
The dedicated SME instrument’s supports close-to-market activities, with the aim to give a strong boost to breakthrough innovation. Highly innovative SMEs with a clear commercial ambition and a potential for high growth and internationalisation are the prime target.
The SME Instrument offers small and medium-sized businesses the following:
|Deadlines for all themes|
- Call overview 2016-2017: Horizon 2020 Innovation in SMEs work programme
- SME Instrument at Horizon 2020 Website: https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/en/h2020-section/sme-instrument
- SME Instrument at EASME: http://ec.europa.eu/easme/en/horizons-2020-sme-instrument
- Frequently Asked Questions: https://ec.europa.eu/easme/sites/easme-site/files/faq_for_applicants_sme_instrument_version_1_3_160203.pdf
CALL: FOR A BETTER INNOVATION SUPPORT TO SMES
Call identifier: H2020-INNOSUP-2016-2017
Innosup Actions are Coordination and Support Actions aiming to compliment the support to innovative SMEs which is realized through grants, subsidised loans and equity. The Innosup actions focus on activities aiming to improve the environment of operation of SMEs and enhance the paneuropean support ecosystem. Generally, the actions are designed to provide opportunities to Member States and regions to enhance their services through collaboration, peer-learning and uptake of new approaches. The Enterprise Europe Network, present in all European regions and co-financed by them, the National Contact Points (NCPs) and the Member States are expected to play an important role in implementing these pilot actions and transferring the result ‘in-real-time’ to their regions.
For the Work Programme 2016-2017 the follow calls are currently open: