Horizon 2020

  • 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).

  • On October 23-27 2017, the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) community will come together in Washington, D.C. for the GEO Week 2017. GEO Week 2017, consisting of GEO-XIV Plenary, side events and exhibition, will highlight and promote the role, applications and opportunities to use Earth observations in delivering 'Insight for a changing world'. With a focus on delivery and impact, GEO Week 2017 will explore the use and applications of Earth Observation in both the public and private sectors for the benefit of humankind.

  • 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.

  • Globally, aquaculture is the fastest growing food production sector in the world. The industry has grown at a steady 8-10% over the past 30 years, and this is set to continue as catches from wild capture fisheries level off and demand substantially increases. The FAO (Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations) estimates that aquaculture will grow to over 62% of the worldwide supply of fish protein by 2030.

  • By assessing sources of existing data from several projects and conducting analysis of specific tools, MICA will aim at the establishment of a stakeholder tailored product: the “European Union Raw Materials Intelligence Capacity Platform” (EU-RMICP). In this way, the project will provide many stakeholders with quality information and knowledge on raw materials, while giving them the best possible guidelines and recommendations for decision-making.

  • The projects will act as beachheads in the creation of new value chains in the following challenges: 

    - Safety and security;
    - Driver assistance;
    - Well-being;
    - Mobility management;
    - Vehicle management;
    - Infotainment.

  • Since its opening for business in 2014, the SME Instrument has become a key accelerator programme at European level. Indeed, the programme has demonstrated its ability to identify radically innovative businesses in Europe and to invest in their growth.

    As a result, there are now more than 2800 highly innovative small and medium-sizes enterprises all around Europe that benefit from equity-free financial support, individualised business coaching and targeted business acceleration services.

  • When piloting an aircraft pilots must convert complex readings displayed in 2D on the cockpit's control panel into 3D and 360° reality. These complex operations burden pilots' mental load and concentration capacity, making them prone to errors and accidents. If pilots would see the information displayed in 3D in front of them it would help them make faster and better decisions.

  • The innovative ideas should address one of the 7 challenges, identified by the project, related to personal nutrition for the silver population. In addition, the selected SMEs will benefit from additional innovation support services provided by the INCluSilver partners.


    SMEs willing to apply to the call must be legally established in one of the INCluSilver member states:

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