Industrial Leadership

Grants focused on companies, mainly SMEs, for the development of technologies and innovations, especially Key Enabling Technologies (KET), access to Risk Finance, and Bottom-Up Projects market oriented with New SME instrument.
Topic / Target >INNOSUP-08-2017 A better access to industrial technologies developed overseas


Specific Challenge

According to the OECD, the US and Japan dominate R&D stocks for technologies ready for uptake by industry. 40% and 28% of the R&D stock held in OECD countries are located in the US and Japan respectively. Korea further contributes a significant share as a result of an active technology development policy followed for decades.
Technologies are however hardly accessible for European SMEs – while multinational companies face less challenges in this respect. Access to technologies overseas is hampered amongst others by a mismatch of institutions and methodologies for technologies transfer.
The friction from differences in approaches to technology transfer becomes evident in the daily work of the Enterprise Europe Network in which overseas entities became members on a self-financing basis. These network partners adopt the network’s working methods but face the challenge that direct interaction is hampered by the geographic distance, as a result, real hand-on cooperation with overseas partners in the Enterprise Europe Network remain limited.


A limited number of experimental projects between the network sector groups and overseas partners of the Enterprise Europe Network shall be supported by grants. The objective is to better capitalise the industrial R&D stock of overseas OECD countries in the context of sector groups of the Enterprise Europe Network in collaboration with clusters. The action should develop and test new service formats by taking up elements of the technology and knowledge transfer practices of the network partners in the US, Japan and Korea – and other countries as appropriate - to assist SMEs to tap the pool of industrial knowledge and technologies in these countries.
Project partners shall be partners in the Enterprise Europe Network; collaborating or supporting entities overseas do not have to be partners in the Enterprise Europe Network – cluster organisation in Europe shall be included as collaborating / supporting entities.

Expected Impact

The projects to be supported shall mainly achieve a structural impact by:
* Better integrating overseas partners in the sector groups of the Enterprise Europe Network, further developing the methods used by the Network for collaboration with overseas partners, and thereby providing a lasting better access to the results of applied industrial research in the US, Japan and Korea for European SMEs.
* From the supported actions a significant number of European SMEs will get into contact with the developers of technologies ready for application overseas and possibly conclude cooperation agreements.


H2020-INNOSUP-2016-2017 (6)
Start date: 08/11/2016
End date: 28/03/2017
Total budget
for this call: 6,900,000
Number of proposals to selectOne Specific Grant Agreement
Enhancing the innovation capacity of SMEs

Small, innovative companies create the majority of new jobs in the European economy. A strong rationale exists for public support to SMEs' innovation activities in order to overcome market failures specific to SMEs and to fully realise their growth potential. The public supports ‘SME innovation’ with grants, subsidised loans, equity and a wide range of innovation support services. However, SMEs receiving innovation support often remain dissatisfied with the services they receive; while at the same time the public expects a higher return from the support provided. While major new drivers for SME innovation, like online collaboration or reverse innovation, are hardly recognised by the public support provided, established support services assist mainly clearly defined technical projects within single enterprises. Public support pays much less attention to the creation of favourable ecosystem for SME innovation in which public enterprises, SME intermediaries, direct and indirect customers, end-users, suppliers and enterprises with complementary skills are encouraged to collaborate for radical innovation that may not yet be described and formulated as project.

Emerging innovation trends help SMEs overcome some of the size disadvantages they face. Mobilizing, coordinating and exploiting resources across national borders, sectors and firms will be key for SMEs as innovation moves away from a sequential logic towards a networked-based approach extending over borders.

Generally, the actions are designed to provide opportunities to Member States and regions to enhance their services through collaboration, peer-learning and uptake of new approaches. In addition several actions will focus on the identification, further development and dissemination of skills and expertise among SMEs. The Enterprise Europe Network present in all European regions and co-financed by them and the Member States is expected to play an important role for catalysing such development processes.
Innovation in small and medium-sized enterprises

The specific objective of this programme is to stimulate growth by means of increasing the levels of innovation in SMEs, covering their different innovation needs over the whole innovation cycle for all types of innovation, thereby creating more fast-growing, internationally active SMEs

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