189 innovative SMEs selected for funding under Phase 1 of the SME Instrument

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189 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 ask for up to three days of free business coaching.

The European Commission received 1995 proposals under Phase 1 by 24 February 2016, the first cut-off date for this year. The 189 SMEs that will receive funds proposed 174 projects in total (multiple SMEs can be involved in one project). The SMEs will receive €8.7 million in total for this cut-off.

British SMEs were particularly successful with 36 beneficiaries accepted for funding, followed by firms from Spain (34) and Italy (25). Most of the projects funded will be in the area of ICT, followed by transport and low-carbon energy systems.

Since the launch of the programme on 1 January 2014, 1473 SMEs have been selected under Phase 1 of the SME Instrument.

The next cut-off for Phase 1 is 3 May 2016.

For more information

List of beneficiaries on Participant Portal

Map of beneficiaries

Statistics on the SME Instrument

More information on the SME Instrument



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  • Stefania | Thu, 21/04/2016 - 15:23
    Proposals from Italy

    I have two questions for you:

    1. as far as Italy's performance in February 2016 Cut-off is concerned, I found that the number of italian funded proposals indicated in the attached table (22) seems to be different from the one emerging from the List of beneficiaries on Participant Portal (25 beneficiaries involved in 23 proposals)
    Is there any possible mistake?

    2. How many proposals did you received from Italy under Phase 1 by 24 February 2016?

    Thank you in advance

  • Bartek | Thu, 21/04/2016 - 15:45
    @Stefania, hi Stefania in the

    @Stefania, hi Stefania in the table you have only project coordinators, some projects are conducted by consortium partners so may be more beneficiaries than projects

  • faturma | Thu, 21/04/2016 - 16:42
    Question 2

    Hello Stefania,
    first question has been already answered by Bartek. About the Italian proposals: we have received 379 eligible proposals in the last cut-off (see the table under the article). Since the beginning of the programme it was 3147 eligible and 43 non eligible proposals. You can find all these number on our page of statistics https://ec.europa.eu/easme/en/statistics-sme-instrument (Click on Statistics - Excel).
    Have a nice day. Marie @EASME

  • Stefania | Wed, 27/04/2016 - 11:11
    Submitted proposals (Eligible + non eligible proposals)

    Thank you Marie and Bartek for your answers. The new page of statistics is very useful!
    I have one last question: how many italian proposals did you receive by february 2016 cut off (eligible + non eligible proposals)?

    Thanks a lot and have a good day

  • faturma | Thu, 28/04/2016 - 08:58
    Submitted proposals (Eligible + non eligible proposals)

    Hello Stefania, please refer to the excel table. There were 3190 Phase 1 proposals and 760 Phase 2 proposals. Marie @EASME

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  • Magda | Fri, 22/04/2016 - 09:09
    Polish Projects Funded

    It seems that there is a mistake in the last table with projects by country and topic. The total number is 8 while in the list of projects the total number is 10. Please clarify. Thank you.

  • faturma | Fri, 22/04/2016 - 11:32
    Dear Magda,

    Dear Magda,
    in the table is shown number of PROJECTS coordinated by Polish companies (8). The other number (10) is number of Polish BENEFICIARIES. As there are two other projects (Inundo and SymbiCoat) where Polish companies participate, but the coordinator are not Polish but German and UK, the numbers differ.
    Hope this helps.
    Marie @EASME

  • Simona | Tue, 26/04/2016 - 08:25
    Proposals from Romania


    Can you please tell me how many proposals you received from Romania under Phase 1 by 24 February 2016?

    Thank you in advance

  • faturma | Tue, 26/04/2016 - 13:46
    Proposals from Romania,

    Dear Simona,
    Its 171. You can find all statistics on our webpage https://ec.europa.eu/easme/en/statistics-sme-instrument
    Number of the proposal you find in the excel table http://ec.europa.eu/easme/sites/easme-site/files/smeistat_0.xlsx
    Best, Marie @EASME

  • Ute | Wed, 27/04/2016 - 10:04
    Stats for phase 2 mid-April submissions

    Dear Marie
    When are you going to share the submissions stats of the phase 2 call of mid-April?
    Many thanks,

  • faturma | Wed, 27/04/2016 - 15:45
    april submissions

    Dear Ute, the statistics on submissions will be published tomorrow. Marie @EASME

  • Anonymous | Thu, 16/06/2016 - 14:08
    Proposals from Poland


    can you please tell me how many proposals did you receive from Poland in this call?
    In general table I can see only summed up no. of proposals per country.

    Thanks in advance,

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