SME Instrument: € 9.1 million to be invested in 189 innovative businesses

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189 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) from 24 countries have been selected for funding in the latest round of the Horizon2020 SME Instrument.

The funding is provided under Phase 1 of the instrument, which means that each project will receive € 50,000 to finance feasibility studies for new products that can disrupt the market. They can also ask for up to three days of free business coaching.

The 189 SMEs that will receive funds proposed 182 projects in total (multiple SMEs can be involved in one project). The SMEs will receive € 9.1 million in total for this cut-off.

Italian SMEs were particularly successful with 34 companies accepted for funding, followed by firms from Spain (30) and the United Kingdom (18). Most of the projects funded will be in the area of ICT (29), followed by transport and low-carbon energy systems (both 24).

For the third cut-off of the SME Instrument Phase 1 this year, EASME received 1,938 project proposals from 40 countries. Since the launch of the programme on 1 January 2014, 1840 SMEs have been selected under Phase 1 of the SME Instrument.

The next cut-off for Phase 1 is 9 November 2016.

Country results SME Instrument Phase 1 September cut-off
Results by topic SME Instrument Phase 1 September 2016 cut-off

For more information

List of beneficiaries on Participant Portal 

More information on the SME Instrument

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  • Joanna | Fri, 04/11/2016 - 12:33
    Update list of projects and beneficiaries

    Could you please update the list of projects and beneficiaries with the new 189 companies?
    Many thanks

  • martizr | Fri, 04/11/2016 - 14:01


    The list in PDF is up-to-date. The dynamic list won't be updated as we are about to launch a new tool to generate information and statistics on the programme.

    Erwan @EASME

SRB | Tue, 15/11/2016 - 11:54
Data on submissions for this round?

Thanks for providing detailed data on the funded projects under this round. Normally, the same level of details is provided for submissions (eg. distribution across topics), but this was not the case for this round, where you only provided the total number of submissions and info on a couple of topics. More details are really very helpful.

Can we expect detailed data on the submissions for the Phase 1 September 2016 round?

  • faturma | Wed, 16/11/2016 - 17:08
    Submissions September

    Please find the data bellow:

    A total number of 1.938 proposals were submitted in response to the SME-1 (Phase I) September 7th 2016 cut-off (H2020-SMEINST-1-2016_07_09_2016). The number of proposals for each topic is shown below:
    Topic Total
    SMEInst-01-2016-2017 457
    SMEInst-02-2016-2017 168
    SMEInst-03-2016-2017 65
    SMEInst-04-2016-2017 30
    SMEInst-05-2016-2017 72
    SMEInst-06-2016-2017 227
    SMEInst-07-2016-2017 162
    SMEInst-08-2016-2017 27
    SMEInst-09-2016-2017 187
    SMEInst-10-2016-2017 142
    SMEInst-11-2016-2017 153
    SMEInst-12-2016-2017 158
    SMEInst-13-2016-2017 90
    Grand Total 1938

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