четверг, 29 декабря 2016 г.

Horizon 2020's SME Instrument Looking for Europe's next innovation leader

Who should apply?
We are looking for high growth, highly innovative SMEs [Check the EU definition of SME] with global ambitions that want to disrupt the established value networks and existing markets. You should be driven, actively investing in innovation, and looking to grow.
It's a good sign if your company is based in an innovation hub, has received grants or venture capital funding, received innovation-related tax benefits, or won an innovation prize in the last 2 years.


The instrument will take place in three phases, with the aim of transforming disruptive ideas into concrete, innovative solutions with a European and global impact.
SMEs are recommended to apply for Phase 1, but may also apply for subsequent phases depending on the progress of their proposals:

Phase 1. Concept & Feasibility Assessment

Idea to concept (6 months)
The European Union will provide €50 000 in funding, and carry out a feasibility study to verify the viability of the proposed disruptive innovation or concept.
The SME will draft an initial business proposal (around 10 pages).

Phase 2. Demonstration, Market Replication, R&D

Concept to Market-Maturity (1-2 years)
Assisted by the EU, the SME will further develop its proposal through innovation activities, such as demonstration, testing, piloting, scaling up, and miniaturisation. It will also draft a more developed business plan (around 30 pages).
Proposals will be based on a business plan developed on phase 1 or otherwise. The EU aims to contribute between €0.5 million and €2.5 million.

Phase 3. Commercialisation

Prepare for Market Launch
SMEs will receive extensive support, training, mentorship and facilitating access to risk finance as the project is further polished into a marketable product.
Additional support and networking opportunities will be provided by Enterprise Europe Network (EEN).
The EU will not provide additional direct funding in this phase.

Call overview 2016-2017

Changes to 2017 calls:
  • Budget increase for four topics
  • Healthcare and biotechnology (SMEInst-05 topic): for cell technologies Phase 1 will be closed off in 2017, the topic will continue for all Phase 1 projects from 2016 and for Phase 2 projects from 2016 and 2017. In addition the projects in this topic can now last up to 36 months instead of the regular 12-14 months duration for other topics.
  • Blue growth (SMEInst-08 topic): more focus is put on marine litter prevention in the text of the call
  • Security (SMEInst-13 topic): from January 2017, actions to improve cyber security are encouraged to take into account the objectives of the Cybersecurity contractual Public-Private Partnership and the corresponding Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda.
Open Disruptive Innovation SchemeSMEInst-01€60 m.€66 m.
Accelerating the uptake of nanotechnologies advanced materials or advanced manufacturing and processing technologies by SMEsSMEInst-02€31.83 m.€35.32 m.
Dedicated support to biotechnology SMEs closing the gap from lab to marketSMEInst-03€7.5 m.€7.5 m.
Engaging SMEs in space research and developmentSMEInst-04€11.37 m.€12.6 m.
Supporting innovative SMEs in the healthcare biotechnology sectorSMEInst-05€35 m.€80 m.
Accelerating market introduction of ICT solutions for Health, Well-Being and Ageing WellSMEInst-06€18 m.€12.5 m.
Stimulating the innovation potential of SMEs for sustainable and competitive agriculture, forestry, agri-food and bio-based sectorsSMEInst-07€25.46 m.€37.87 m.
Supporting SMEs efforts for the development - deployment and market replication of innovative solutions for blue growth
€9.5 m.€12.42 m.
Stimulating the innovation potential of SMEs for a low carbon and efficient energy systemSMEInst-09€46 m.€50 m.
Small business innovation research for Transport and Smart Cities MobilitySMEInst-10€57.57 m.€61.23 m.
Boosting the potential of small businesses in the areas of climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materialsSMEInst-11€25 m.€36 m.
New business models for inclusive, innovative and reflective societiesSMEInst-12€10.8 m.€11.4 m.
Engaging SMEs in security research and developmentSMEInst-13€15.37 m.€14.67 m.
TOTAL€353.4 m.€437.5 m.

Deadlines for all themes

Phase 1
Phase 2