What's in it for SMEs?

Horizon 2020 stimulates SME participation across the whole programme, but with a particular focus on close-to-market support.

Where SMEs typically particate

SMEs can participate in any of the H2020 projects, but typically in those of the Societal Challenges or the Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies programmes, providing specialized technology/knowledge and/or bringing the project results closer to the market.

Also some of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions can be relevant: these actions have as focus to train researchers in both the academic and non-academic sector. MSCA calls that could be of interest for SMEs are Individual Fellowships (there is one evaluation panel dedicated to non-academic entities with an indicative budget of € 10 million in the 2020 call), Innovative Training Networks and the Research and Innovation Staff exchanges. Both schemes aim to establish consortia formed by entities coming from the academic and non-academic sector, the latter one provides top-up funding to salaries of seconded staff. 

EIC Accelerator (formerly SME Instrument)

In addition, SMEs can apply for funding under the European Innovation Council pilot which runs from 2018-2020. The support provided in the EU’s dedicated EIC accelerator pilot (former SME instrument) which targets high innovative SMEs showing a strong ambition to develop, grow and internationalise, regardless of whether they are high-tech and research-driven or non-research conducting, social or service companies.

This instrument is fully bottom-up and addresses the financing gap in developing high-potential, but high-risk innovative ideas of SMEs and bringing them closer to the market. SMEs participating to the EIC accelerator pilot (former SME instrument), FET-Open, FET Proactive or Fast Track to Innovation projects will have the opportunity to make use of dedicated business acceleration services and personalized coaching


The Horizon Prizes are for anyone whoever best meets one of the six challenges. 



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SAPHIRe - Securing the Adoption of Personalised Medicin in Regions

The Department of Economy, Science and Innovation of the Flemish government coordinates the Horizon 2020 Coordination and Support Action SAPHIRe, which started on 1 December 2018. The aim of the project is to secure the adoption of personalised medicine in all European regions, including sparsely populated and remote regions and regions with different innovation capacities. 

The activities of SAPHIRe are complementary to the smart specialisation partnership on personalised medicine – S3P4PM, which is also coordinated by the Department of Economy, Science and Innovation.


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