Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020

SME Instrument: 2596 proposals seek funding under Phase 1

This image shows the number of applications per country for SME Instrument Phase 1 November 2017 cut-off

Small and medium-sized businesses selected funding under the Horizon 2020 SME Instrument Phase receive a lump-sum of €50.000 from the EU to co-finance up to 70% of their innovation project.

Most proposals were submitted in the topics ICT (668) ICT for health (260) followed by sustainable food and agriculture (239) and nanotechnologies (238). The largest number of proposals was submitted by Italian applicants (440) followed by Spanish (403), French (150) and British (147) applicants. 97% of applicants were single SMEs.

The European Commission received 2596 proposals from 43 countries for SME Instrument Phase 1 before the latest cut-off date on 9 November 2017. The initial cut-off date of 7 November was extended by two days due to miscommunication on the Participant Portal.

QMENTA wins SME Instrument pitching contest at MEDICA 2017

QMENTA is an advanced medical image storage, processing and visualization company focused on brain data analysis, specifically using MRI and related clinical data. They provide state-of-the-art medical image processing algorithms in a seamless way in order to accelerate the development of new therapies for neurological diseases via scalable and collaborative cloud platform.

SME Instrument is back from two full days of networking in MEDICA, the world's largest medical industry trade fair. 57 companies funded by the SME Instrument attended the event under the programme's newly launched Business Acceleration Services. The companies had exclusive opportunities for and networking matchmaking in addition to chance to pitch at the eHealth Venture Summit, where brain imaging company Qmenta from Barcelona took the gold! 

Come meet SME Instrument innovators in MEDICA, Düsseldorf on 13-14 November

This image shows the logo of the MEDICA trade fair that takes place on 14-16 November 2017 in Germany

As part of our offer for companies funded under the SME Instrument can participate to the following events during MEDICA:

We are inviting you to join is MEDICA - the world's largest event for the medical sector, taking place in Düsseldorf Germany on 12-14 November 2017. In the context of its newly launched business acceleration services, the SME Instrument is going to MEDICA with 57 companies for two full days of matchmaking, brokerage events and networking. 

Pitch your SME Instrument innovation to Airbus

The display area of Paris Air Show 2017 shows an impressive set of Airbus aircrafts

The event itself is generally open to all innovative approaches linked to Aviation but we also want to focus on the areas of Aircraft Production (e.g. automation, digitalization, supply chain management, advanced and eco-efficient manufacturing processes), Aircraft Development (e.g. air conditioning and power management systems, cabin and cabin system, connectivity, advanced testing) and Services (maintenance and spare part management).

As part of the SME Instrument Business Acceleration Services, global market leader in aeronautics, Airbus, is hosting SME Instrument grantees to a company day in Hamburg, Germany January 30, 2018. A limited number of hand-picked SME Instrument companies will have the opportunity to pitch and present their business cases and their ideas, network with Airbus product managers, research and technology scouts, procurement representatives and meet with affiliated companies.

More than 70 SME Instrument companies join us in Smart City Expo World Congress!

Smart City World Expo is the world’s leading event for smart cities projects in the context of urban development. More than 17.000 professional visitors are expected, with over 600 exhibitors, along with high level representatives from more than 700 cities and over 400 experts and thought leaders.

With the EIC SME Instrument Business Acceleration Services we are taking funded companies to the event and preparing a fruitful programme with lots of time for finding business partners:

As part of the European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot Business acceleration services, the EIC SME Instrument is taking companies to international trade fairs and events to help their business grow, gain visibility and make strategic contacts. On 15 and 16 November a selection of more than 70 high-potential EIC SME Instrument-funded companies will come with us to Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona. Get ready for networking, brokerage and exclusive pitching for EIC SME Instrument beneficiaries. 

UN Climate Change Conference COP23 - Bonn, 6 - 17 November 2017


The UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn will represent a milestone for the implementation of the Paris Climate Change Agreement by governments.

During the event, it will become clearer how to make the Agreement fully operational and how nations could get the support needed to reach their climate change goals. Taking place in Germany but being presided over by the Government of Fiji, COP23 is in itself an example of cooperation between nations towards the global climate change common challenge.



This year, Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 5 and LIFE projects will have a numerous presence at the 23rd Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Twelve of the ongoing Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 5 (SC5) granted projects and five LIFE ongoing projects, will be holding side events during this year's edition of the UN Climate Change Conference that will take place from the 6th until the 17th November in Bonn, Germany and will be presided over by the Government of Fiji. 

Interested circular economy? Two workshops in the pipeline!


Circular Economy across European Regions: Synergies and Complementarities
Tuesday, 21 November 2017 from 10:30 until 19:00 (GMT) 
London, United Kingdom

The Horizon 2020 Screen project will organise two workshops on circular economy across European regions in London on November 21st and 22nd 2017. 
Do not miss the chance to register and to attend the workshops!

SME Instrument innovators and ABB: writing the future together

A selected group of 14  SME Instrument top innovators had the opportunity to pitch their business cases, receive feedback and network with top managers of the global leader in industrial technology ABB, share experiences with the incubated start-ups of the ABB's innovation hub SynerLeap and learn about the state-of-the-art applied research in robotics, industrial automation and energy at the famous ABB Corporate research center in Västerås (Sweden).

The SME Instrument business acceleration services have kicked-off and the first event with Corporates could not have started better.

SME Instrument innovators pitched their ideas to investors at Merck Venture Lounge!

In addition to the SME Instrument grant, we offer the companies we fund business acceleration services that aim to support them on their growth path. The services include coaching, training, partnerships with corporates  and matchmaking with investors.

We put together a short overview of how the night unfolded. #SMEIacceleration ⚡️

SME Instrument: EU to invest € 5.85 million in 119 small innovative businesses

SME Instrument Phase 1 results September 2017 cut-off

The funding is provided under Phase 1 of the instrument, which means that each project will receive €50,000 to finance a feasibility study for innovative products that can disrupt the market. Companies applying also receive business acceleration services and up to three days of free business coaching.

The European Commission received 2079 eligible proposals by the cut-off date of 6 September. The 119 SMEs selected for funding are involved in 117 projects in total (multiple SMEs can be involved in one project).

119 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) from 24 countries have been selected for funding in the latest round of Horizon 2020 SME Instrument.


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