The European Commission received 2130 proposals from innovative small and medium-sized enterprises for SME Instrument Phase 1 before the latest cut-off date on 6 September 2017.
Under the first Phase of Horizon 2020 SME Instrument, small and medium-sized businesses can receive a lump-sum funding of €50,000 to carry out a concept and feasibility study.
Most proposals were submitted in the topics ICT (547), energy (231) and nanotechnologies (202). SMEs from 43 countries submitted proposals. The biggest number of proposals were submitted by Italian applicants (340), followed closely by Spanish (338) and British applicants (129). 98% of applicants were single SMEs.
The next cut-off for Phase 1 is on 7 November 2017.