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Horizon 2020 SME Instrument

Introducing the Horizon 2020 SME Instrument

Are you:

An innovative SME (<250 employees/ ≤ 50 m turnover)?

Pursuing a near market innovation project with international potential?

Funding your innovation project over the next 1-2 years?

The SME Instrument has an estimated budget of 3 billion over 7 years (2014-2020) to target highly innovative SMEs with a strong ambition to grow and internationalise through market oriented innovation projects.

How it Works

Phase 1: Concept and Feasibility (~50k, 6 months, funded up to 70%)

∙ Time to Grant: ~3 months
∙ Outcome: A report used as input for phase 2

 

Phase 2: R&D, Investment Readiness (~500k3M, 12 years, funded up to 70%)

∙ Time to Grant: ~150 days
∙ Outcome: Business Implementation Plan

Phase 3: Commercialisation (Mentoring support, access to EU financial facilities)

∙ Outcome: Market entry

 

Key Features

∙ Continuously open call, with each Phase open to new applicants;
∙ Open to single company projects as well as consortia which emphasise EU addedvalue;
∙ Open to all innovative SMEs, regardless of whether they are hightech or researchdriven;
∙ Any IP generated resides with the SME

Open Calls 2014/2015

Proposals must be submitted prior to the below cut-off dates:

∙ 2014: Phase 1: 18 June, 24 September, 17 December / Phase 2: 9 October, 17 December
∙ 2015: Phase 1: 18 March 2015, 17 June, 19 September, 16 December / Phase 2: 18 March, 17 June, 17 September, 16 December