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Quick guide to direct funding

The Commission pays out direct grants, mostly in the form of co-financing (usually 50%), to help implement projects.

The specific EU support programme and current calls for project proposals define what projects (networks, demonstration projects, etc.) and costs (staff costs, dissemination costs directly linked to the project, etc.) are eligible for co-financing.

Your co-financing proposal will be subject to an in-depth evaluation, so please prepare it thoroughly and consult all the relevant programme documents. Keep in mind that although SMEs are often "eligible project partners", other types of institution might be the main target of the EU programme for which you are applying.

EU-funded programmes for SMEs (all EU languages)

The European Union's grants website

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