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The interesting List of European Funds and Grants…

Do you already know all the available European Programmes that the European Commission offer? We think there could be several possibilities to boost the innovation of your Business or to get your disruptive idea funded! Have a look to this List: Competitiveness of enterprises and SMEs (COSME) Connecting Europe Facility European Regional Development Fund Horizon […]

BOOM of proposals received under the January cut-off

We are talking about the well known SME Instrument. The European Commission this January received 1534 project proposals. Experts will evaluate 1534 projects proposals from projects proposals from 37 countries. Should be underlined that projects are submitted by: 257 Spanish companies 224 Italian companies 144 British companies. ICT remained the most popular topic with 320 proposals, followed […]

Goliaths versus disruptive Davids

Introducing a new innovation into an industry can be hard, especially when it is disruptive. When that industry is naturally conservative and risk adverse, then this challenge becomes harder, especially if you are a new entrant.  For example, the oil and gas industry has a history of innovation, from its roots in onshore production from […]

15 facts about Horizon 2020’s SME Instrument

FACTS about SME Instrument   As part of the Horizon 2020 programme, the European Commission is selecting potentially disruptive businesses to invest in and support as part of the SME Instrument. SMEs with a strong growth potential and the ambition to become world-market leaders could receive up to €2.5 million in funding, and world-class business […]

January Deadlines

Click here to check the complete list of the main events in Europe (including Workshops, Meetings, Conferences…)   17 Jan 2017 – Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020-FETOPEN-01-2016-2017 call  (FET-Open Research and Innovation Actions) 17 Jan 2017 – Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020-FETOPEN-03-2017 call (FET-Open Coordination and Support Actions) 18 Jan 2017 […]


Why do I need to take part in EU-funded projects? To have the chance to get funded To take the opportunity to create new international contacts and/or potential partner and/or clients To reap the benefit of past project submitted. Which activities are funded? There are 4 macro categories of costs to be funded: direct costs […]

Who can apply?

Who can apply? Only a single for-profit SME or a consortium of for-profit SMEs can apply for funding under the SME Instrument. All applicants need to be legally established in the EU-28 or in a country associated to Horizon 2020. What type of SME is targeted by the SME Instrument? The European Commission is looking […]

SME Instrument: How does it work?

Horizon 2020 provides easy access to € 2.8 Billion to SMEs for funding research and innovation businesses and accelerating the exploitation of innovations. 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 […]

Types of Action and Funding Rates

  RIA – Research & Innovation Action   What? Funding for research projects tackling clearly defined challenges, which can lead to the development of new knowledge or a new technology. Who? Consortia of partners from different countries, industry and academia. Funding rate: 100% of eligible costs. Typical Duration: 36-48 months.   IA – Innovation Action […]

What is SME Instrument?

More than ever, the EU with its investments into SME innovation is aiming at accelerating company development and growth, from the very early stage to market introduction, with direct and indirect complementary support measures foreseen at every step of the way, in particular under Horizon 2020 and COSME, the EU Competitiveness and SME programme. Horizon […]

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