Horizon 2020’s SME Instrument: 2,992 new proposals received in December 2014

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17 December was the last cut-off date in 2014 for Horizon 2020’s SME Instrument. We received a total of 2,992 new proposals from 35 countries: 2,363 for phase 1 and 629 for phase 2.

Compared to the previous cut-off date the number of proposals received for phase 1 increased by 17,7% (1,944 in September) and for phase 2 by 8,4% (580 in October).

The topic generating the most proposals for both phases is still ICT / Open Disruptive Innovation – (30% of phase 1 proposals and 28% of phase 2 proposals).

Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom are again leading in terms of number of proposals submitted.

The applicants will be informed of the results of the evaluation in February for phase 1 and April for phase 2.

Number of proposals received by topic

Topic Phase 1 Phase 2
Blue growth (BG-12-2014-1) 29 12
Biotechnology (BIOTEC-5a-2014-1) 82 13
(Urban critical infrastructures DRS-17-2014-1) 63 26
ICT (ICT-37-2014-1) 713 177
Green transport (IT-1-2014-1) 253 62
Nanotechnology (NMP-25-2014-1) 263 70
Diagnostics devices and biomarkers (PHC-12-2014-1) 195 91
Eco-innovation and sustainable raw material supply (SC5-20-2014-1) 244 68
Sustainable food production and processing (SFS-08-2014-1) 158 31
Low carbon energy systems (SIE-01-2014-1) 298 68
Space (Space-SME-2014-1) 65 11
TOTAL 2363 629


Proposals received by country

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Proposals received by country - Phase 1 (17/12/2014)
Proposals received by country - Phase 1 (17/12/2014)


Proposals received by country - Phase 2 (17/12/2014)
Proposals received by country - Phase 2 (17/12/2014)



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  • Benoit | Mon, 19/01/2015 - 17:22


    Do you have a rough estimation as to when the proposals submitted for the December cutoff will be evaluated (and ranked) ?
    For each topic, is there the same maximum number of grants per topic?

    Thank you

  • martizr | Tue, 20/01/2015 - 09:44
    In terms of planning we hope

    In terms of planning we hope to be able to inform the participants by the end of February for phase 1 and at the end of March/beginning of April for phase 2.

    You can check the indicative number of projects to be funded per topic on the overview table on this page http://ec.europa.eu/easme/en/horizons-2020-sme-instrument

    Erwan @EASME

  • Benoit | Tue, 20/01/2015 - 10:08
    eval vs rank

    Thanks for your answer. Do we get the evaluation scores (or at least whether the proposal is above the thresholds) earlier than that (and then wait for the ranking)?
    It would be nice to be able to resubmit before the next cutoff, if the proposal was found lacking on one or two criteria but good enough on the others


martizr | Tue, 20/01/2015 - 10:29

We don't communicate the scores before the final ranking is done.

Erwan @EASME

  • Masha | Wed, 21/01/2015 - 13:39
    Initial scores

    I am pretty sure that it was previously claimed that the initial evaluation scores will come faster than the official notifications about funding...

  • martizr | Wed, 21/01/2015 - 14:15
    We said that we would try but

    We said that we would try but for the moment it's not possible.

    Erwan @EASME

  • Guilhem | Fri, 20/03/2015 - 12:18
    PIN Code

    Good day,
    Selected for the Phase 1 / december cutoff, we cannot log in to the participant portal, because we haven't received the PIN code by mail, is it possible to log in another way?


  • martizr | Fri, 20/03/2015 - 14:52
    Please contact the

    Please contact the Participant Portal's heldpdesk http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/api//contact/index.html

    Erwan @EASME

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