Horizon 2020

  • 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:

  • Under the first Phase of Horizon 2020 SME Instrument, small and medium-sized businesses can receive a lump-sum funding of €50,000 to carry out a concept and feasibility study.

    Most proposals were submitted in the topics ICT (547), energy (231) and nanotechnologies (202). SMEs from 43 countries submitted proposals. The biggest number of proposals were submitted by Italian applicants (340), followed closely by Spanish (338) and British applicants (129). 98% of applicants were single SMEs.

    The next cut-off for Phase 1 is on 7 November 2017.

  • According to Accenture, the value of global FinTech investment in 2015 grew by 75% to$ 22.3 billion clearly indicating where the next digital revolution is taking place. This list gives you an idea of the interesting businesses we fund in FinTech and Blockchain:

  • The new projects will receive an EU contribution of about EUR 123 million. They were chosen from among 133 proposals which had been submitted by 7 March 2017 in reply to Horizon 2020 call for proposals. Most projects selected for funding are in the field of climate services and decarbonisation (10) and raw materials (8). 

    Grant agreements are now being prepared for signature so that the new projects are ready to be launched as of December 2017.

    Successful applicants to two-stage calls for proposals were invited to submit full proposal by 5 September 2017.

  • HELIOVIS and its Spanish partners installed the first industrial application in the world for the agricultural production company MERCAJUCAR Sociedad Cooperativa in Villalgordo del Jucar close to the city of Albacete in the Spanish autonomous community of Castilla-La Mancha. This solar concentrator has a length of 220 m, a diameter of 9 m, and a thermal power of 1 MWpth.

  •  This year's Information Days will:
    •    update you on the European Energy Efficiency policy;
    •    present you the Energy priorities of the H2020 Energy 2018-2020 calls for proposals;
    •    provide you with guidance on how to apply for funding;
    •    offer you dedicated workshops for each funding area e.g. Energy Efficiency, with the opportunity to meet the EASME energy team and receive answers to your questions;

  • It may look like a park, but an experimental plant in Carrión de los Céspedes, near Seville, is full of wastewater from the nearby town. Yet the air doesn’t smell like sewage. The water is purified the natural way, by underground microorganisms – a traditional method improved with the latest research.

    Researchers on the iMETland project use bacteria that produce electricity when breaking down organic waste.