SME Instrument: 1376 Phase 2 proposals received under October 2016 cut-off

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For the fourth and last cut-off of the SME Instrument Phase 2 this year, EASME received 1,376 project proposals from 34 countries.

ICT was again the most popular topic with 303 proposals submitted, followed low carbon & efficient energy systems (173 proposals) and transport (160). Most proposals have been submitted by SMEs from Italy (227), Spain (225) and the United Kingdom (142).

SME Instrument Phase 2 submissions per country October 2016

The next cut-off date for Phase 2 is 18 January 2017.


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  • bernd | Tue, 18/10/2016 - 18:02
    Phase 2 availabiliy

    Hi. Do you have any idea on approximately how many projects will be funded? And how many will be funded per topic? The chance of success in Phase 2 seems to be diminishing significantly.

  • jasaikr | Wed, 19/10/2016 - 09:21
    Hi Bernd, Chance of success

    Hi Bernd, Chance of success should remain the same as previous cut-offs, as the budget is equally divided between them.

bernd | Wed, 19/10/2016 - 12:52
Chance of success

Hi Jasaikr, thanks for your reply. But the chance of success is lowering as the number of projects submitted per cut off is increasing exponentially. For example, in February 553 proposals were submitted, in April 969, in June 1189, and now in October 1376.

  • Dayne Hodgson | Wed, 19/10/2016 - 18:56
    Success Rates


    What are the current average success rates for both Phase 1 and Phase 2?



  • faturma | Thu, 20/10/2016 - 11:57
    Dear Dayne,

    Dear Dayne,

    it is 6% for Phase 2 and 8% for Phase 1.


  • Nomad | Sun, 04/12/2016 - 23:23
    Incorrect statistics

    The Phase2 success rate has dropped to 3-4%. It hasn't been 6% for a while. In some topics, the success rate is below 2%.

  • Ana | Wed, 26/10/2016 - 11:24
    Submission Moldova

    Why the statistics don't show Moldova? I personally applied for the 13 October deadline and it should be at least 1 application from this country....

  • storejo | Wed, 26/10/2016 - 15:33
    Dear Ana, Apologies, this has

    Dear Ana, Apologies, this has been corrected now. Best regards Johanna@EASME

  • Jenny | Fri, 28/10/2016 - 18:36
    But is Moldova eligible for

    But is Moldova eligible for funding? Could you clarify the funding situation of countries that are neither Member States nor Associated Countries?

  • chladag | Mon, 31/10/2016 - 12:30
    Moldova is an associated country

    Dear Jenny, Moldova is one of the Horizon 2020 associated countries.

    Best regards,

    Agnieszka @EASME

  • Dimitris | Mon, 07/11/2016 - 10:08
    SME Phase 2: October 2016 cut-off results

    Hi. Do you have any idea when we can expect the results from the Phase 2 October 2016 cut-off?


  • martizr | Mon, 07/11/2016 - 11:59
    In January if everything goes

    In January if everything goes well.

    Erwan @EASME

  • Andy | Tue, 08/11/2016 - 08:52
    In January? Really? Last time

    In January? Really? Last time results came in six weeks.


  • Vm | Tue, 08/11/2016 - 11:54

    When will the phase 2 October applicants be informed about the result? Last time the result was there within 2 months, can we expect that this time as well?

    Best wishes.

  • storejo | Tue, 08/11/2016 - 16:05

    Apologies for the miscalculation, the results will be published end of November/beginning of December. Johanna@EASME

  • V | Tue, 22/11/2016 - 11:17


    Is it true that winners will be informed a week earlier about the results of their proposals (not via an official letter but via a request to update their company information in the participants portal)?

    Best wishes

  • faturma | Tue, 22/11/2016 - 11:45

    Good morning,
    winners are informed by a letter via Participant Portal.
    Best regards, Marie @EASME

  • Dimitris | Fri, 25/11/2016 - 16:02
    October cut-off results

    Today I received the results. It was very surprising to see that after three seals of excellence with two of my previous submissions having received a score around 14.00 out of 15.00, I improved the proposal according to the previous ESRs and I got today 10.00 out of 15.00.... Very disappointing, I don't really see a reason to continue applying in this instrument, it starts to seem like a lottery to me..

  • Amir | Sat, 07/04/2018 - 12:45
    Phase 1 to phase 2

    I have a question: if a project passed phase 1, what are his chances to pass phase 2?

  • storejo | Mon, 09/04/2018 - 10:05
    Dear Amir, applications for

    Dear Amir, applications for the two phases are not connected and evaluators for Phase 2 evaluate all proposals equally, meaning that they don't take into account whether projects have previously gone through Phase 1 or not. However statistically the success rate is higher for companies having completed Phase 1. For details I invite you to have a look at the SME Instrument Report from 2017 (page 14-15) :

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