SME Support

Details of funding support available for SMEs involved in health

Small-and-medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are strongly encouraged to participate in Horizon 2020, the current EU research and innovation funding programme. SMEs can either engage in collaborative projects as part of a consortium or can be supported through a dedicated SME instrument designed specifically for highly innovative smaller companies.

Over the course of Horizon 2020, at least €3 billion will be allocated to the SME instrument with half a billion being allocated to health-related topics. A specific SME-instrument topic on 'Clinical validation of biomarkers and/or diagnostic medical devices' was opened in 2014-2015.

Assistance for SMEs in the life sciences sector

For assistance and support please contact:

National Contact Points (NCPs) - on all aspects of participating in Horizon 2020, the current framework programme for research and innovation

Fit for Health 2.0 - for SMEs in the life sciences sector, which provides:

  • a database containing quality checked researchers and SMEs acting in the life sciences sector
  • advice on all aspects related to EU-funded research projects, such as first orientation, strategy development, proposal preparation, implementation, exploitation and promotion