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.

Need funding for your R&D project?


  GRANTS FOR ENHANCING THE INNOVATION CAPACITY OF SMES
INNOSUP-01-2016-2017 Cluster facilitated projects for new industrial value chains CALL FORTHCOMING
Specific ChallengeTo develop new cross-sectoral industrial value chains across the EU, by building upon the innovation potential of SMEs. The EU needs to support the development of emerging industries, which will provide the growth and employment...
INNOSUP-03-2017 Technology services to accelerate the uptake of advanced manufacturing technologies for clean production by manufacturing SMEs CALL FORTHCOMING
Specific ChallengeForesight studies show that the massive integration of advanced manufacturing will displace in a few years many of the current traditional manufacturing processes. In particular, energy and resource-efficient and low carbon technologies...
INNOSUP-07-2017 Innovating SMEs - segmentation along lifecycle and sectors (analytical research activity) CALL FORTHCOMING
Specific ChallengeCreating a higher societal impact from innovation support requires increasing its efficiency. In the recent past innovation support agencies recognised that successful innovation is not originating only from scientific research...
INNOSUP-08-2017 A better access to industrial technologies developed overseas CALL FORTHCOMING
Specific ChallengeAccording 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...
INNOSUP-05-2016-2017 Peer learning of innovation agencies CALL OPEN
UNTIL 18/10/2017
Specific ChallengeInnovation support agencies, i.e. the regional and national agencies that design and/or implement innovation support programmes for SMEs are important intermediaries for SME innovation. Focus, design and delivery mechanism of innovation...
INNOSUP 3 – 2014 IPorta 2 - Increasing the quality of IP advisory services to SMEs CALL CLOSED
Specific challengeManaging Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) is a difficult task, especially for Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises (SME) or individual inventors. Such enterprises or individuals frequently do not have the knowledge or human resources...
INNOSUP 6 – 2015 Capitalising the full potential of online-collaboration for SME innovation support CALL CLOSED
Specific challengeIdentifying suitable partners for innovation activities is recognised as a major barrier to SME innovation. Innovation support services are addressing this challenge traditionally by two interventions that are often combined: (a)...
INNOSUP-02-2016 European SME innovation Associate - pilot CALL CLOSED
Specific ChallengeThe lack of access to skills, to latest knowledge and capacity to manage innovation processes effectively, have been identified as major barriers for innovation in SMEs. Individual SMEs are at a disadvantage to recruit specialised...
INNOSUP-04-2016 SMEs for social innovation – Challenge platform CALL CLOSED
Specific ChallengeToo many societal challenges remain without solutions while too few SMEs engage into social innovation. The action aims at incentivising more SMEs to seize innovation opportunities arising from social needs or societal challenges,...
INNOSUP-06-2016 Capacity-building for National Contact Points (NCPs) for SMEs and Access to Risk Finance under Horizon 2020 CALL CLOSED
Specific ChallengeFacilitate trans-national co-operation between NCPs focused on the Horizon 2020 specific objective "Innovation in SMEs" and "Access to Risk Finance" – including those established in countries associated with Horizon 2020 and interested...
INNOSUP-1-2015 Cluster facilitated projects for new industrial value chains CALL CLOSED
Specific challengeThe challenge is to develop new cross-sectoral industrial value chains across the EU, by building upon the innovation potential of SMEs. The EU needs to support the development of emerging industries, which will provide the growth...
INNOSUP-2-2014 European Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Helpdesk CALL CLOSED
Specific challengeSmall firms and research organisations face a challenge to adequately manage, diffuse and valorise Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) due to limited knowledge and resources. These challenges can be dealt with at regional and national...
INNOSUP-4-2014 A European Label for innovation voucher programmes to support spin-in of technology CALL CLOSED
Specific challengeInnovation voucher programmes are well established support instruments for SMEs in many countries and regions in Europe. In a general way innovation voucher schemes can be characterised as small, lump-sum grants (typically below...
INNOSUP-5–2014 Peer learning of innovation agencies CALL CLOSED
Specific challengeInnovation support agencies, i.e. the regional and national agencies that design and/or implement innovation support programmes for SMEs are important intermediaries for SME innovation. Focus, design and delivery mechanism of innovation...
INNOSUP-7-2015 Professionalisation of open innovation management in SMEs CALL CLOSED
Specific challengeCurrent research on open innovation has not taken into account the extent and creativity of SMEs in designing and implementing open innovation strategies. The lessons learned from open innovation come from large firms and are not...
INNOSUP-8-2015 Measuring open innovation inputs and outcomes in SMEs CALL CLOSED
Specific challengeInnovation occurs more and more frequently in global networks. From a policymaker’s point of view this requires the development of internationally comparable indicators to better understand the concept of open innovation and its...
INNOSUP-9-2014 Community-building and competence development for SME instrument coaching CALL CLOSED
Specific challengeHorizon 2020 (H2020) aims to increase the impact of SME participation. In the case of the dedicated SME instrument this will be achieved through a coaching and mentoring service delivered during the company's participation in the...
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.