Horizon 2020 and the SME Instrument

September 12, 2014 at 6:07 pm | Consultist Blog | No comment


The European Union has combined its research and innovation programmes under one framework,  Horizon 2020:  the biggest research and innovation programme of the EU history.

At this blog post, we would like to give a general overview of the H2020 Programme, particularly its SME Instrument: the tool dedicated for the innovative SMEs.

  • Horizon 2020 is the new framework programme for research and innovation, covering 2014-2020 with the budget of over €80 billion

  • The programme is built on three main sections: Societal challenges, Industrial Leadership, and Excellent Science.

H2020 has introduced different action types for the different needs of its various beneficiaries (e.g researchers, SMEs, universities).  The SME instrument is the action type dedicated for the SMEs.

The SME Instrument is designed to fill the financing gap of the innovative SMEs between the phases of research and commercialization. It has the budget of €3 billion for the period 2014-2020.

The Instrument is only eligible for SMEs, however it is possible for the beneficiaries to subcontract universities, research institutions or various companies.

image credentials: H2020 SME instrument presentation, 2014

The SME instrument is designed to provide support to the SMEs from business idea to commercialisation process, and consists of three phases:

It is possible for SMEs to apply from phase 1 and phase 2, depending on the development status of their businesses. SMEs can apply as single entity, or build consortium with the SMEs from the EU and several eligible countries .

At the following links, you can find the open calls for Phase 1  and Phase 2 

At Consultist, our dedicated team can help you to create successful applications on H2020, and to find international partners for a prospering consortium.

We would be happy to hear from you. Contact us  


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