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A Commission opens taps on "SME Instrument" funding for innovation

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Innovative small and medium-sized companies in Europe will be able to apply from 01/03 for grants to help get their brightest ideas from the lab to the market

In total, some €3 billion in funding will be available under the "SME Instrument" over the next seven years as part of Horizon 2020, the EU's new research and innovation programme. Funding is competitive and project proposals have to be in line with call topics published on the Participant Portal, the gateway to EU research funding. In 2014, some €250 million of funding will be available under the SME Instrument's permanently open call. Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn will speak at an information event for SME organisations in Brussels on March 3. Journalists wishing to attend should contact RTD-SME-EVENTS@ec.europa.eu

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