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Improving noise reduction

The Silentwood project has developed sophisticated noise-reducing wall panels and doors. In addition to spurring growth and jobs in the doors/panels application sector, Silentwood will provide direct economic and health benefits to the EU.
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EuResist - Enhancing HIV treatment with more precise patient modeling

HIV is not curable but it is treatable, states Dr Francesca Incardona, CEO of EuResist Network GEIE and research area manager at Informa Srl, the SME responsible for coordinating the EuResist project.
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SILCO - Doing away with bacteria in water systems

The SILCO project has developed an innovative monitoring device that senses the elimination process of complex bacterial communities known as biofilm and unsafe bacteria from drinking water systems. The prototype successfully killed legionella bacteria at a natural source spa in Slovakia
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FIRELI - New hose equipment to increase safety of firemen

Every year, fires affect large areas of forest in Europe - mostly in the Mediterranean countries, where an average of around 500,000 hectares are destroyed annually. That is the equivalent of 50 times the land area of Paris. The economic cost is estimated at between €600 and €800 million per year.
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Smart irrigation technology set to reduce costs and save water

Due in large part to inefficient water irrigation systems, the agriculture industry wastes 60% of the water it uses each year, or 70% of the world's freshwater. WaterBee has developed a smart irrigation system to reduce this wastage, thereby saving money and increasing both crop quality and yield.
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NANORAY - A portable x-ray machine

X-ray technology has existed for more than 100 years, but in spite of repeated efforts no one has found a way of solving the problems involved in making X-ray machines portable. Now, thanks to an innovative European Union (EU) funded multinational research project, that breakthrough has at last been achieved.
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CleanHatch - New high-tech solution to clean fish hatcheries

Due to increased market pressure to produce high quality and low cost fish, the aquaculture industry has been forced to develop technologies that reduce the level of risk to investors yet maintain reliable production output.
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Let there be sight

Transplanting the human cornea (1) can enable a blind person to see. But it requires the perfect human donor match and there are no guarantees of success. A group of EU-funded SMEs and researchers, however, has developed an artificial cornea that offers failed transplant patients a potentially life-changing alternative.
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Opportunities for SMEs under Horizon 2020: "Horizon 2020 Is Open for Business"
An Interactive Information Event
March 3 (9:30 to 1:15pm), Brussels, Belgium

Your chance to discover the SME support toolbox under Horizon 2020 and to learn how to make practical use of it.

Participants to this event were able to:

  • Acquire deep understanding of the EU vision to help SMEs innovate and grow
  • Get an overview of concrete support opportunities for SMEs under Horizon 2020
  • Learn the latest on the opening of the calls under the new SME Instrument
  • Get practical tips and tricks on how to participate to Horizon 2020 from a panel of EU officials during a facilitated roundtable discussion


10:00 Address by Maire Geoghegan-Quinn, EU Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, on Horizon 2020 for SMEs - "Horizon 2020 Is Open for Business"
10:15 Presentation by Jean-David Malo, Head of Unit B.3 - "SMEs, Financial Instruments and State Aid" (European Commission, DG Research & Innovation), on 'SME Support under Horizon 2020 - an Overview' (1.56 MB).
11:00 Presentation by Bernd Reichert, Head of Unit 'SMEs in Horizon 2020' (European Commission, Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises), on 'The SME Instrument under Horizon 2020' (267 KB).
11:45 Roundtable moderated by Peter Droll, Acting Director of Directorate B - "Innovation Union and European Research Area" (European Commission, DG Research & Innovation), on practical questions related to Horizon 2020 SME support implementation, with selected speakers from various services proposing SME support, under the title 'Helping SMEs'
  • Remi Charrier (Head of Strategic Development - Guarantees & Debt at the European Investment Fund)
  • Dr. Luis Jesus Guerra Casanova (Programme Committee representative for Spain for SMEs and Access to Risk Finance under Horizon 2020, public official at the Centre for Development of Industrial Technology, Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness)
  • Isoline Roger-Dalbert (Eurostars National Funding Bodies /EU Funding Officer, EUREKA Secretariat)
  • Gerhard Huemer (Director at UEAPME - the European Association of Craft, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, also Member of the Horizon 2020 Advisory Group on 'Innovation in SMEs')
  • Nick Jennett (Director of New Products & Special Transactions Department at European Investment Bank)
  • Jean-David Malo (Head of Unit B.3 "SMEs, Financial Instruments and State Aid", Directorate B - Innovation Union and European Research Area, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission)
  • Dr. Bernd Reichert (Head of Unit "Horizon 2020 SME", Department A, Operations, Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises / European Commission)
  • Sven Schade (Policy Officer, Unit D.2 "SME Access to Markets", Directorate D - SMEs and Entrepreneurship, DG Enterprise and Industry, European Commission)
13:00 End of event


You can direct any questions about this event to RTD-SME-EVENTS.
This event was web-recorded and remains available for viewing via the internet:
Watch the Horizon 2020 event.



Previous Workshops & Events


"SMEs in Horizon 2020": European Commission Information Days

These Information Days on SME participation to Horizon 2020 were specifically geared towards SME support organisations (governmental and non-governmental).



New Approach to SME support in Horizon 2020: implementation challenges and good practices

The workshop attracted around 100 participants from 24 countries. They were practitioners from national programmes, experts in SME innovation and research (e.g. from the FP7 Advisory Group on SMEs), stakeholders from the SME community and SME associations, members of SME networks, representatives from national innovation agencies and from governmental bodies.