38 innovative SMEs selected for funding under the SME Instrument Phase 2

38 innovative SMEs selected for funding under the SME Instrument Phase 2

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38 SMEs from 13 countries have been selected in the latest round of Horizon2020 SME Instrument Phase 2. Each project, 33 in total, will receive up to € 2.5 million (€ 5 million for health projects) to finance innovation activities like demonstration, testing, piloting, scaling up and miniaturisation, in addition to developing  a mature business plan for their product. The companies will also benefit from 12 days of business coaching. Most projects are proposed by a single SME but some companies team-up to elaborate a project.

The European Commission received 960 project proposals under Phase 2 by the third cut-off date for 2015 on 17 September. The success rate for this cut-off is 3.4 %, amounting to total project costs of € 55.3 million.

Italian SMEs were the most successful with 10 beneficiaries who will receive € 12.7 million in total, closely followed by 9 Spanish SMEs who will share € 13.5 million.

Since the launch of the programme on 1st January 2014, 311 SMEs have been selected under Phase 2 of the SME Instrument.

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Lists of beneficiaries in Phase 2 

SME Instrument

Map of beneficiaries


  • Marco's picture

    Hello. I am looking for information about the number of universities and research organisations subcontracted in all Phase 2 projects of the SME Instrument. How many SMEs have or will use higher education/ research organisations, as indicated in the grant agreements?

    Grateful for any information.

  • faturma's picture

    Dear Marco, we don't have any statistics on this topic.
    Marie @EASME

  • Antonio Ornelas Soares's picture

    How did you calculate the "success rate" (3,4%)?

  • martizr's picture

    33 projects selected out of 960 projects submitted.

    Erwan @EASME

  • obls's picture

    are there in this Cut-Off any proposals funded under the SPACE category?
    Are you going to publish such data?

  • martizr's picture

    Please check the list of beneficiaries the information you are looking for is in there.

    Erwan @EASME

  • Nicolas's picture


    Could you publish any statistics about the success rate per countries ?


  • martizr's picture

    Unfortunately we do not have time to produce this type of statistics.

    Erwan @EASME

  • Andrius's picture

    I'm quite sure this data is available in EASME, so it should not be a problem to publish it. It is valuable for national policy making and designing specific instruments to facilitate participation and/or proposal quality, so looking forward to see it!

  • Tani's picture

    Could you tell us how many projects have been rated above the threshlod?

  • faturma's picture

    Dear Tani,

    Phase 1 (Sept cut off: 1073 proposals, 336 above threshold, 122 funded)
    Phase 2 (Sept cut off: 960 proposals, 373 above threshold, 33 funded)

    Marie @EASME

  • Carmen's picture

    Per country, is it possible to understand which areas are the most potentially funded?

  • faturma's picture

    Dear Carmen,

    we don't publish such statistics. Marie @EASME

  • Tony's picture

    Hi Marie,

    Do you have the breakdown of projects funded per topic? It's usually published with the main data.



  • faturma's picture
  • Anonymous's picture

    Thanks Marie,

    Looking at Phase 2, it's clear SMEI is now hopelessly oversubscribed for most topics. I note that Phase 2 proposals received in November are higher again at a record 1090 submissions versus 960 in September. With only 2 (two) projects funded from 113 Phase 2 submissions in NMP for example, it means in effect that it is no longer a meaningful competition, but a lottery.

    Accounting for the natural bias towards projects coming through Phase 1, we're now below 2% funding rate, less than 1:50 probability, perhaps nearer 1:100.

    If it costs €50,000 (the Phase 1 award) to create a strong proposal at Phase 2, even with a net grant of (say) €1M if successful, that's a 20:1 uplift on a 1:50 chance. With those numbers, SMEI is no longer a tenable business proposition, which is a great shame because the principles of the scheme are excellent.

    I don't know what you can do.

    Thanks again,


  • Xavi's picture

    Is it possible to know which are the statistics by country (% approval / total submitted)?

  • faturma's picture
  • Cristina's picture

    I would like to know how many of the sme phase 2 beneficiaries had previously been phase 1 beneficiaries. Do you have that information?

  • Joan Ribi's picture

    Could you publish a list of proposal titles that were successfull at Phase 2.

    It is generally interesting to see what is regarded as `` cutting edge technology``

    Thank you

  • martizr's picture

    You can find the list of all funded projects with abstract on this page: https://ec.europa.eu/easme/en/sme-instrument-projects

    Erwan @EASME

  • Miguel González's picture

    Is it possible to know which was the threshold score to get funding in the call H2020-SMEINST-2-2016-2017?
    I know that 13 points were not enough
    Thank you

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