Horizon 2020 - SME Instrument

Horizon 2020 funds innovative project ideas through a dedicated SME Instrument. EU funding can be given to support the whole innovation process.
SME Instrument

The programme is aimed at SMEs having ambitions for high growth and internationalization. The instrument is particularly relevant for high tech and knowledge-intensive SMEs.

The SME Instrument offers funding to SMEs in two separate innovation phases, with the relevant phase to be applied for determined by the SME’s current innovation status and needs.

  • Phase 1: a lump sum of €50.000 is offered as funding for proof-of-concept and feasibility studies. The result of a funded phase 1 project is a finished business plan documenting the commercial and technical potential of the SME’s idea.
  • Phase 2: offers 0,5-2,5 million euro for the development, demonstration, and testing of the SME’s idea. The result of a funded phase 2 project is a fully developed and demonstrated product, process or service, ready for market launch.

In both phases, the SME Instrument grants 70 percent of total cost associated with the proposed project. 

Commercial opportunities
The SME Instrument focuses on growing SME innovative ideas into new products, processes, and services. It aims to make it easier for SMEs to convert their innovative ideas into marketable products. Some thematic constraints are imposed on the ideas that can be funded by the Instrument, however the themes are wide, and a given SME idea will often match the themes published.
 
Type of activities: R&D, Demonstration, Market Uptake
 
Requirements

Single SMEs can apply for SME Instrument funding, i.e. there is no requirement for additional partners. The SME Instrument is a highly competitive funding program. Among a number of important checks to perform before applying, it is important to verify that the proposed idea has a very high market potential. A given SME can only participate in one granted project under the SME Instrument at the time.


Upcoming deadlines for SME Instrument



EU
Horizon 2020
06-11-2019
SME
Call Topic
SME Instrument Cut-Off Date - Phase 1
Type of activity
R&D
EU
Horizon 2020
09-10-2019
SME
Call Topic
SME Instrument Cut-Off Date - Phase 2
Type of activity
R&D
EU
Horizon 2020
05-09-2019
SME
Call Topic
SME Instrument Cut-Off Date - Phase 1
Type of activity
R&D
EU
Horizon 2020
05-06-2019
SME
Call Topic
SME Instrument Cut-Off Date - Phase 2
Type of activity
R&D
EU
Horizon 2020
07-05-2019
SME
Call Topic
SME Instrument Cut-Off Date - Phase 1
Type of activity
R&D
EU
Horizon 2020
03-04-2019
SME
Call Topic
SME Instrument Cut-Off Date - Phase 2
Type of activity
R&D
EU
Horizon 2020
13-02-2019
SME
Call Topic
SME Instrument Cut-Off Date - Phase 1
Type of activity
R&D
EU
Horizon 2020
09-01-2019
SME
Call Topic
SME Instrument Cut-Off Date - Phase 2
Type of activity
R&D
EU
Horizon 2020
07-11-2018
SME
Call Topic
SME Instrument Cut-Off Date - Phase 1
Type of activity
R&D
EU
Horizon 2020
10-10-2018
SME
Call Topic
SME Instrument Cut-Off Date - Phase 2
Type of activity
R&D