SME Instrument: €117.6 million for innovation activities and business plans (Phase 2)

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The European Commission has selected 94 SMEs from 19 countries to each receive a grant of up to €2.5 million (€5 million for health projects) to finance innovation activities and the development of their business plans. The companies will also be entitled to benefit from up to 12 days of business coaching.

The Commission received 629 project proposals by the second cut-off date of Horizon 2020’s SME Instrument programme Phase 2 (17 December 2014). Evaluation by independent experts showed that 180 of the proposals met the evaluation standard.

74 or 41% of them have been selected for funding. UK companies have been particularly successful in this call, with 15 participants on track to receive over €14.5 million. They are closely followed by Spain, Germany, the Netherlands and France. Check the list of beneficiaries

Since the launch of the programme on 1st January 2014, 134 projects involving 172 SMEs have been selected for EU grants under Phase 2 of the SME Instrument, totalling more than €225 million.

Statistics (click on the image to enlarge)

Number of beneficiaries and grant requested per country (Phase 2 - December 2014 cut-off)

Table: Number of beneficiaries and grant requested per country (Phase 2 - December 2014 cut-off)

Number of Phase 2 beneficiaries per country cumulated

SME Instrument: beneficiaries, projects and funding overview
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  • Orhan UTLU | Sat, 28/03/2015 - 10:25
    Language advantage

    Dear authority,
    As I understood from your summary description; language advantage is important for eligible of proposals under evaluation criteria. We know that many proposals were prepared by some firms in UK. But, that is additional costs. Your eligible committee supports this way unawares due to approaching by the care of spelling errors. Thus, the entrepreneurs who speak different languages will be in disadvantage for their appeals.
    I beleive that this criteria is inequity for them. Europea was the source of equity and humanity of the world in the past. But, EU is changing the face day by day and it is becoming the source of politics and policy. It is sadness for us.
    Sincerely yours.

  • Charlotte Rix N... | Mon, 30/03/2015 - 14:52
    Wrong file attached

    Dear EASME,
    I suppose there is a mistake in the file attached to the article as the winners from the December cut off for Phase 2 are not included in the list.
    Best regards,
    Charlotte Rix Nicolajsen

  • chladag | Mon, 30/03/2015 - 15:32
    They are (link in the text)

    Hello, the pdf with names of beneficiaries is there
    best regards,
    Agnieszka @EASME

Andy Watts | Mon, 30/03/2015 - 15:31
Increased success at Phase 2 by completing Phase 1?


Is there any analysis of relative success in the Phase 2 selection process between those SMEs who have or have not first completed a Phase 1 project?
Thank you.

  • chladag | Mon, 30/03/2015 - 15:34
    Not yet

    Dear Andy,
    not yet, as we didn't have data till now, but probably such an analysis will be done in the future.
    Best regards,
    Agnieszka @EASME

  • Daniel Foster | Wed, 01/04/2015 - 07:43
    Business plans

    European Commission provides better opportunities and platform to various business organizations in order to develop the current strategies. In most of the occasion we have found that due to lack of funding most of the business are collapsed; therefore with beneficial help from European Commission most of the business organizations are able to get better success in their business structure.

  • Andrea | Wed, 08/04/2015 - 10:48
    phase 01 - phase 02

    Dear EASME,
    is it possible for a SME to participate both in the first phase both in the phase 2 with two different projects for the same deadline?

  • martizr | Wed, 08/04/2015 - 10:52
    You can only make one

    You can only make one submission or take part in one implementation concerning a Phase 1 or Phase 2 project at any one time, be it as a single applicant, a lead applicant or as a partner in an SME consortium.

    See under A10 of the FAQs

    Erwan @EASME

  • applicant | Sun, 26/04/2015 - 06:17
    Phase 2 Notifications

    Have all of the notifications to December 2014 Phase 2 applicants already been made? Have all of the grants for Phase 2 already been awarded?

  • martizr | Mon, 27/04/2015 - 09:51
    Yes applicants have been

    Yes applicants have been informed and the list of companies is available here:
    All the grant agreements are not signed yet.

    Erwan @EASME

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