Horizon 2020

  • These projects were selected among 133 proposals which were submitted by the 7th of March 2017 for the one-stage 2017 calls. They will be launched between November and February 2017.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • 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).

  • 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:


    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.




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

  • 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).

  • 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.