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Latest results: Commission to invest €100 million to help 69 small businesses bring their innovations to the market

Brussels, 8 June 2017

69 small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) from 21 countries have been selected for funding in the latest round of the Horizon 2020 SME Instrument Phase 2.

Infographic: Cut-off Results Phase 2 SMEs founded per country The total amount to be distributed between the SMEs working on 64 projects is €99.96 million. In this phase of the SME instrument, each project will receive up to €2.5 million (€5 million for health projects) to finance innovation activities.

Spanish SMEs were the most successful with 15 companies selected for funding. They were followed by 10 companies from Italy and 5 projects from Sweden and Denmark. Most projects are in the field of ICT (12 projects) and transport (10 projects) followed by 9 projects in the field of health.

Infographic: Cut-off Results Phase 2 SMEs HighlightsThe European Commission received 1 222 project proposals by 6 April 2017, the second cut-off date for Phase 2 in 2017. Since the launch of the programme on 1st January 2014, 710 SMEs have been selected for funding under Phase 2.

Funding under Phase 2 of the instrument allows companies to invest in innovation activities such as demonstration, testing, piloting, scaling up and miniaturisation, in addition to developing a mature business plan for their product. The companies will also benefit from 12 days of business coaching. Most projects are proposed by a single SME but some companies team-up to elaborate a project.

The next cut-off for SME Instrument Phase 2 is on 18 October.