SME Instrument: €9 million for feasibility studies (Phase 1)

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Another 199 SMEs from 25 countries, involved in 178 new projects, have been selected following the latest cut-off date for Phase 1 of the SME Instrument. For each project, the participants will receive €50,000 to finance feasibility studies. They can also request up to three days of business coaching.

For this phase, the Commission received 1,944 proposals by the second cut-off date of Phase 1 on 24 September 2014. 237 received an evaluation score above the application threshold and 75% have been selected for funding.

Together with the first selection round earlier this year, Spanish SMEs have been particularly successful in Phase 1 with 71 beneficiaries in total accepted for funding, followed by firms from Italy (58) and the UK (46).

Since the launch of the programme on 1st January 2014, 333 projects involving 361 SMEs have been selected for EU grants under Phase 1 of the SME Instrument, totalling €16.7 million. Together with Phase 2 funding, this amounts to almost €125 million so far from the SME Instrument which is on track to support innovative companies.

For a detailed breakdown of the number of beneficiaries in Phase 1 of the SME instrument per country, please see this table.

Participant Portal – lists of beneficiaries in Phase 1

Map of SME Instrument beneficiaries

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  • Peter | Thu, 15/01/2015 - 10:08
    Evaluation score plot

    It would be very useful for the applicants if you could make a plot per topic of the evaluation score sorted from high to low. If the y-axis shows the evaluation score of a proposal and the x-axis shows the rank of the proposal, an applicant knows something about how far they are away from getting accepted for funding.

  • Viktor Zafirov ... | Mon, 19/01/2015 - 11:26
    Project JIP Strategy

    Dear Sir,
    The project conected to many of the calls had been sent to the Commission since 2000 and had been answered and evaluated as eligible but even now 2014
    it is not structured in no one table as a project from Bulgaria and myself as the author. Shall I be sure that the project issue is not entered corectly in to the Commission and EASME?
    Will you please be so kind and provide your comment.
    Eng Viktor Kyosev

  • Paolo Spoladore | Tue, 20/01/2015 - 17:22
    Number of proposals/projects funded

    Dear Sir, Madam,

    I would like to ask whether it is possible for you to share the data concerning the number of proposals/projects selected per country, in addition to the already published data relating to the number of beneficiaries.

    Thank you very much in advance,

    Paolo Spoladore
    Italian Small Business in Europe

  • Matena Zorova | Tue, 27/01/2015 - 10:20
    Distribution of grants

    Dear Sirs,

    You mentioned that SMEs from 25 Member States benefitted from funding in Phase 1 "Another 199 SMEs from 25 countries ..." At the same time, after looking at the map above, one cannot fail noticing that CEE is virtually a blank spot ... Bulgaria and Romania have 0 approved projects. The projects from Poland and Hungary are just a handful and concentrated in the capital cities.
    I agree that EXCELLENCE (as defined for many years now by the EC in conjunction with representatives from the 30+ regions out of 300 NUTs2, often with the help of powerful lobbists and regional representations (as for IT, DE and especially ES and UK) in Brussels) should be a defining criteria. But, still, 100 mil. European citizens and their potential employers should benefit from this SME funding ... Otherwise, the programme should be called a failure.

  • Eu Cigs | Tue, 27/01/2015 - 10:36
    Excellent! I admire all the

    Excellent! I admire all the helpful data you've shared in your articles.

  • Jacek GORNIAK | Mon, 12/10/2015 - 14:42
    Readiness level

    Madame, Sir,

    may you explain me which level of readiness of my project is necessary to submit a proposal within the Phase 1 (Call identifier: H2020-SMEInst-2014-2015)?

    Thank you in advance for your answer,

    J. Gorniak

  • martizr | Mon, 12/10/2015 - 14:46
    Your project should be at

    Your project should be at technology readiness level (TRL) 6 or higher.

    Erwan @EASME

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