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Topics for the SME instrument

The dedicated SME instrument encourages for-profit SMEs to put forward their most innovative ideas with an EU dimension. The instrument aims to fill gaps in funding for high-risk innovation and close-to-market activities to give a strong boost to breakthrough innovation.It targets highly innovative SMEs with a strong ambition to develop, grow and internationalise. It covers the whole innovation cycle, the focus being on delivery of new products, services or processes on the market.

Only SMEs are eligible for funding, and can decide how best to organise a project or with whom to collaborate, including through subcontracting of tasks if they lack in-house capabilities. In order to boost market relevance and foster commercialisation of project results, also single SMEs can apply for support. More...