185 highly innovative SMEs get funded under Phase 1 of the SME Instrument

Printer-friendly version PDF version

185 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) from 26 countries have been selected for funding in the latest round of Horizon2020 SME Instrument, for Phase 1. 

For each project, the participants will receive € 50,000 to finance feasibility studies for new products that can disrupt the market. They can also get three days of free business coaching.

The European Commission received 2057 proposals under Phase 1 by 25 November 2015, the fourth and last cut-off date for 2015. The 185 SMEs that will receive funds proposed 175 projects in total (multiple SMEs can be involved in one project). This brings the success rate of funded proposals up to 8.4%.

Most of the projects funded were in the area of low-carbon energy systems. It was closely followed by food production and processing and biomarkers and medical devices.

For this cut-off, all projects over the threshold were funded for the topics low-carbon energy systems and protection of urban soft targets and critical infrastructures.

Spanish SMEs were particularly successful with 39 beneficiaries accepted for funding, followed by firms from Italy (37) and the UK (20). Since the launch of the programme on 1 January 2014, 1284 SMEs have been selected under Phase 1 of the SME Instrument.

The results for Phase 2 of the SME Instrument, where companies get funding up to € 2.5 million to make their products ready for the market, will follow around mid-February 2016.

The next cut-off for Phase 1 is 24 February 2016.


More statistics on the November Phase 1 cut-off (click to enlarge)

SME Instrument November 2015 cut off - topics
SME Instrument November 2015 cut off - topics
SME Instrument November 2015 cut off - topics about tresholds
SME Instrument November 2015 cut off - topics about tresholds
SME Instrument November 2015 cut off - countries
SME Instrument November 2015 cut off - countries
SME Instrument November 2015 cut off - table countries and topics
SME Instrument November 2015 cut off - table countries and topics
SME Instrument November 2015 cut off - countries
SME Instrument November 2015 cut off - countries


For more information

Lists of beneficiaries

Map of SME Instrument beneficiaries

More information on the SME Instrument

Published on
  • Steven Wilson, ... | Wed, 03/02/2016 - 14:46
    Congratulations to all award winners!

    Great to see such a wide range of technologies and locations benefitting from the H2020 SME Instrument! This should encourage many others...

  • Albert Alonso | Wed, 03/02/2016 - 16:57
    Not all the beneficiaries in Nov cut-off date are in the pdf

    There are only 175 beneficiaries in the Nov. cut-off date "List of beneficiaries". I think that the partners of the collaborative proposals (there are ten) are missing. Look that there is no repetition of any ACRONYM!
    Please, could you update the list of beneficiaries?

  • faturma | Fri, 05/02/2016 - 09:15
    Beneficiaries list

    Dear Albert,
    its fixed now. Marie @EASME

Michael Skala | Fri, 05/02/2016 - 14:39
Phase 2

When should we expect Phase 2 announcement?

  • faturma | Fri, 05/02/2016 - 16:17
    Phase 2

    Dear Michael,
    we will announce the statistics on 18 February.

    Marie @EASME

  • Germán Sanchis-... | Tue, 09/02/2016 - 12:12
    ICT statistics

    As a beneficiary from Phase 1 in the past, we are very concerned with the evolution of funding statistics for ICT. We are having a true internal discussion regarding whether we should apply for Phase 2: with a 3% success rate, and taking into account that preparing the proposal might easily imply about 5-6 person-months of effort, chances are very high that the effort invested into preparing the proposal will not pay off. In our case, a small SME, preparing a decent proposal for Phase 2 might mean slowing down our regular activity (our core business), which has dramatically important strategic consequences. So I was wondering: has the Commission though about this? Are you aware that a 3% success rate is an extremely high entry barrier for those projects that intend to be core projects for a business (i.e., the SME Instrument's goal) and hence cannot rely on EU funding? Moreover, taking into account that the funding, if granted, will take easily over 9 months from the start of the proposal preparation (i.e., when the business case is identified) until it finally arrives.

    Best regards.

  • Germán Sanchis-... | Tue, 09/02/2016 - 12:13

    By the way, it took me 6 times to get the CAPTCHA correct.

  • faturma | Tue, 09/02/2016 - 15:04
    ICT statistics

    The SME Instrument's ambition is to support the best (mostly) European SMEs. Indeed, it is a highly competitive funding tool and the quality of applications has even increased during the first two yeas - and only the best proposals get funded. However, applicants from Ph1 have in average better chances to succeed. We wish you good luck.

    Marie @EASME

  • Matthew Hicks | Tue, 08/03/2016 - 12:44
    Agreement with above

    I agree with most of the above. 5-6 person months of effort is possibly high; following a Phase One project I would say preparation would take 1-3 person months. Whilst it would lengthen the application process, could the commission think about bringing in an EOI stage, with proposal preparation taking 0.5 person months and selection to an invitation only stage with >25% success rate?

  • Ryan Peeters | Wed, 24/02/2016 - 14:20
    Cut off date

    This is a basic question but if Phase One is complete why is there a mention of the next cut of date for phase one? Could this be made clearer? This is very important because you state that the results of Phase Two will be out in February as well.

    Please also think about using an improved CAPTCHA in future. This one is not very clear when it comes to upper and lower case letters.

  • storejo | Wed, 24/02/2016 - 15:27
    Dear Ryan, thanks for your

    Dear Ryan, thanks for your comments. The SME Instrument is a constantly open call with four cut-off dates per year (for each Phase), when all the proposals received since the previous cut-off are collected and evaluated. The mention to the next cut-off date and the next Phase 2 results is to be as informative as possible, in light of the questions we often receive after the publication of such an article. Best, Johanna @EASME

  • New comment