€ 200 million more financing for SMEs in 2016-2017

€ 200 million more financing for SMEs in 2016-2017

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In 2016-2017 there will be 44.2% more financing for SMEs under the SME-Instrument, in the new Horizon2020 work-programme for Research and Innovation, adopted today 13 October by the European Commission. The total budget of the SME Instrument for the two years is nearly € 740 million that should benefit over 2000 highly innovative SMEs.

ICT and intelligent transport remain the biggest topics (€ 126 milllion and € 118.8 for two years) with significant budget increases compared to the last work programme (+38 million and + 43.97 million). The main percentage increases are for sustainable food production (+143.7%), biotechnology (+142 %) and blue growth (+116.7%). The health topic for biomarkers and/or medical devices will be phased-out and divided into two challenges: healthcare biotechnology and ICT for health, well-being and ageing well. The budget will remain nearly the same with only a slight decrease. The topic innovative mobile e-government will on the other hand disappear.

Read more about the changes in the table below and find the full Work Programme here:




  2016 2017
Open Disruptive Innovation Scheme SMEInst-01 €60 m. €66 m.
Accelerating the uptake of nanotechnologies advanced materials or advanced manufacturing and processing technologies by SMEs SMEInst-02 €31.83 m. €35.32 m.
Dedicated support to biotechnology SMEs closing the gap from lab to market SMEInst-03 €7.5 m. €7.5 m.
Engaging SMEs in space research and development SMEInst-04 €11.37 m. €12.6 m.
Supporting innovative SMEs in the healthcare biotechnology sector SMEInst-05 €35 m. €45 m.
Accelerating market introduction of ICT solutions for Health, Well-Being and Ageing Well SMEInst-06 €18 m. €12.5 m.
Stimulating the innovation potential of SMEs for sustainable and competitive agriculture, forestry, agri-food and bio-based sectors SMEInst-07 €25.46 m. €32.19 m.
Supporting SMEs efforts for the development - deployment and market replication of innovative solutions for blue growth


€9.5 m. €10 m.
Stimulating the innovation potential of SMEs for a low carbon and efficient energy system SMEInst-09 €46 m. €50 m.
Small business innovation research for Transport and Smart Cities Mobility SMEInst-10 €57.57 m. €61.23 m.
Boosting the potential of small businesses in the areas of climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials SMEInst-11 €25 m. €27.5 m.
New business models for inclusive, innovative and reflective societies SMEInst-12 €10.8 m. €11.4 m.
Engaging SMEs in security research and development SMEInst-13 €15.37 m. €14.67 m.
TOTAL €353.4 m. €385.91 m.

Use Horizon 2020 Participant Portal to submit your proposal. Have a look also at our dedicated page on the SME instrument.


  • victor angel M. postigo's picture

    Greetings, we are a temporary employment agency (ETT), with offices in several Spanish autómas Communities and expansion project for opening more.
    We are actively seeking funding and cash flow, for an advantageous plan to help the promotion of employment and businesses through its HR department
    I beg you please indicate lines can apply for funding. thanks.

  • faturma's picture

    Dear Victor, EASME focuses on supporting small and medium enterprises in several programmes divided according to topics. Please check the basic info here: https://ec.europa.eu/easme/en/about-easme

    Marie @EASME

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