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.

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  GRANTS FOR SME INSTRUMENT
SMEInst-01-2016-2017 Open Disruptive Innovation Scheme CALL FORTHCOMING
Specific ChallengeThe challenge is to provide support to a large set of high risk innovative Startups and SMEs in the ICT sector. Focus will be on companies proposing disruptive ICT concepts, products and services applying new sets of rules, values...
SMEInst-02-2016-2017 Accelerating the uptake of nanotechnologies advanced materials or advanced manufacturing and processing technologies by SMEs CALL FORTHCOMING
Specific ChallengeResearch results should be taken up by industry, harvesting the hitherto untapped potential of nanotechnologies, advanced materials and advanced manufacturing and processing technologies. The goal is to create added value by creatively...
SMEInst-03-2016-2017 Dedicated support to biotechnology SMEs closing the gap from lab to market CALL FORTHCOMING
Specific ChallengeThe large numbers of SMEs characterising the EU industrial biotechnology sector are playing a crucial role in the move to competitive and sustainable biotechnology-based processes. These SMEs are characterised by their research...
SMEInst-04-2016-2017 Engaging SMEs in space research and development CALL FORTHCOMING
Specific ChallengeTo engage small and medium enterprises in space research and development, especially those not traditionally involved in it and reduce as much as possible the entry barriers to SMEs for Horizon 2020 funding.The actions under this...
SMEInst-05-2016-2017 Supporting innovative SMEs in the healthcare biotechnology sector CALL FORTHCOMING
Specific ChallengeThe healthcare biotechnology sector offers huge business and commercial opportunities; however it also requires heavy and risky investments which are often lacking in Europe, hampering the development of the industry.The challenge...
SMEInst-06-2016-2017 Accelerating market introduction of ICT solutions for Health, Well-Being and Ageing Well CALL FORTHCOMING
Specific ChallengeThe challenge is to help overcome the current gaps in exploitation of promising research results in ICT for Health, Well-being and Ageing well and to stimulate increased availability and market uptake of relevant ICT products and...
SMEInst-07-2016-2017 Stimulating the innovation potential of SMEs for sustainable and competitive agriculture, forestry, agri-food and bio-based sectors CALL FORTHCOMING
Specific ChallengeSMEs can play a crucial role in developing resource-efficient and cost-effective solutions to secure sufficient supplies of safe, healthy and high quality food and other bio-based products, by developing productive, sustainable...
SMEInst-08-2016-2017 Supporting SMEs efforts for the development - deployment and market replication of innovative solutions for blue growth CALL FORTHCOMING
Specific Challenge The potential of Europe’s Oceans, seas and coasts is significant for job and growth creation if the appropriate investments in research and innovation are made. SMEs contribution to the development of the "Blue Growth Strategy"...
SMEInst-09-2016-2017 Stimulating the innovation potential of SMEs for a low carbon and efficient energy system CALL FORTHCOMING
Specific Challenge SMEs play a crucial role in developing resource-efficient, cost-effective and affordable technology solutions to decarbonise and make more efficient the energy system in a sustainable way. They are expected to strongly contribute...
SMEInst-10-2016-2017 Small business innovation research for Transport and Smart Cities Mobility CALL FORTHCOMING
Specific Challenge The European transport sector must have the capacity to deliver the best products and services, in a time and cost efficient manner, in order to preserve its leadership and create new jobs, as well as to tackle the environmental...
SMEInst-11-2016-2017 Boosting the potential of small businesses in the areas of climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials CALL FORTHCOMING
Specific Challenge Innovative SMEs have been recognised as being able to become the engine of the green economy and to facilitate the transition to a resource efficient, climate-smart circular economy. They can play an important role in helping...
SMEInst-12-2016-2017 New business models for inclusive, innovative and reflective societies CALL FORTHCOMING
Specific Challenge SMEs, including social enterprises and cultural actors, can build their growth on business model innovation, taking into account new opportunities arising from servitisation, from individual empowerment, from a more collaborative...
SMEInst-13-2016-2017 Engaging SMEs in security research and development CALL FORTHCOMING
Specific Challenge To engage small and medium enterprises in innovation activities in the domain of security, especially those not traditionally involved in it, and reduce as much as possible the entry barriers to SMEs for Horizon 2020 funding....
BG-12-2014 Supporting SMEs efforts for the development - deployment and market replication of innovative solutions for blue growth CALL CLOSED
Specific challenge: The potential of Europe’s Oceans, seas and coasts is significant for job and growth creation if the appropriate investments in research and innovation are made. SMEs contribution to the development of the 'Blue Growth Strategy'...
BG-12-2015 Supporting SMEs efforts for the development - deployment and market replication of innovative solutions for blue growth CALL CLOSED
Specific challenge: The potential of Europe’s Oceans, seas and coasts is significant for job and growth creation if the appropriate investments in research and innovation are made. SMEs contribution to the development of the 'Blue Growth Strategy'...
BIOTEC 5 – 2014 SME-boosting biotechnology-based industrial processes driving competitiveness and sustainability CALL CLOSED
Specific challenge: The large number of SMEs which characterise the EU biotechnology sector are playing a crucial role in the move to competitive and sustainable biotechnology-based processes. These SMEs are characterised by their research intensity...
BIOTEC 5 – 2015 SME-boosting biotechnology-based industrial processes driving competitiveness and sustainability CALL CLOSED
Specific challenge: The large number of SMEs which characterise the EU biotechnology sector are playing a crucial role in the move to competitive and sustainable biotechnology-based processes. These SMEs are characterised by their research intensity...
DRS-17-2014 Protection of urban soft targets and urban critical infrastructures CALL CLOSED
Specific challengeThe aim is to engage small and medium enterprises in security research and development and in particular to facilitate and accelerate the transition of their developed products/services to the market place.The specific challenge...
DRS-17-2015 Protection of Urban soft targets and critical infrastructures CALL CLOSED
Specific challenge:The aim is to engage small and medium enterprises in security research and development and in particular to facilitate and accelerate the transition of their developed products/services to the market place.The specific challenge...
ICT37–2014 Open Disruptive Innovation Scheme (implemented through the SME instrument) CALL CLOSED
Specific Challenge: The challenge is to provide support to a large set of early stage high risk innovative SMEs in the ICT sector. Focus will be on SME proposing innovative ICT concept, product and service applying new sets of rules, values and models...
ICT37–2015 Open Disruptive Innovation Scheme (implemented through the SME instrument) CALL CLOSED
Specific Challenge: The challenge is to provide support to a large set of early stage high risk innovative SMEs in the ICT sector. Focus will be on SME proposing innovative ICT concept, product and service applying new sets of rules, values and models...
INSO-10-2015 SME business model innovation CALL CLOSED
Specific ChallengeTechnologies and services as such do not have a specific value. Their value is determined by the business models used to bring them to a market.Many current, widely applied business models, have developed for big companies and may...
INSO-9-2015 Innovative mobile e-government applications by SMEs CALL CLOSED
Specific ChallengeCurrent societal and economic challenges as well as rising expectations to reduce the burden on users, put pressure on all public administrations to provide efficient, open and citizen-centric public services.Due to the increased...
IT.1-2014 Small business innovation research for Transport CALL CLOSED
Specific challenge: The European transport sector must have the capacity to deliver the best products and services, in a time and cost efficient manner, in order to preserve its leadership and create new jobs, as well as to tackle the environmental...
IT.1-2015 Small business innovation research for Transport CALL CLOSED
Specific challenge: The European transport sector must have the capacity to deliver the best products and services, in a time and cost efficient manner, in order to preserve its leadership and create new jobs, as well as to tackle the environmental...
NMP 25 – 2014 Accelerating the uptake of nanotechnologies, advanced materials or advanced manufacturing and processing technologies by SMEs CALL CLOSED
Specific challenge: Research results should be taken up by industry, harvesting the hitherto untapped potential of nanotechnologies, advanced materials and advanced manufacturing and processing technologies. The goal is to create added value by creatively...
NMP-25-2015 Accelerating the uptake of nanotechnologies, advanced materials or advanced manufacturing and processing technologies by SMEs CALL CLOSED
Specific challenge: Research results should be taken up by industry, harvesting the hitherto untapped potential of nanotechnologies, advanced materials and advanced manufacturing and processing technologies. The goal is to create added value by creatively...
PHC 12 – 2014 Clinical research for the validation of biomarkers and/or diagnostic medical devices CALL CLOSED
Specific challenge: Biomarkers are used in clinical practice to describe both normal and pathological conditions. They can also have a prognostic or a predictive power. They are therefore increasingly used in medicine and many potential biomarkers...
PHC-12-2015 Clinical research for the validation of biomarkers and/or diagnostic medical devices CALL CLOSED
Specific challenge:Biomarkers are used in clinical practice to describe both normal and pathological conditions. They can also have a prognostic or a predictive power. They are therefore increasingly used in medicine and many potential biomarkers...
SC5-20-2014 Boosting the potential of small businesses for eco-innovation and a sustainable supply of raw materials CALL CLOSED
Specific challenge: Innovative SMEs have been recognised as being able to become the engine of the green economy and to facilitate the transition to a resource efficient, circular economy. They can play an important role in helping the EU to exit...
SC5-20-2015 Boosting the potential of small businesses for eco-innovation and a sustainable supply of raw materials CALL CLOSED
Specific challenge: Innovative SMEs have been recognised as being able to become the engine of the green economy and to facilitate the transition to a resource efficient, circular economy. They can play an important role in helping the EU to exit...
SFS-8-2014 Resource-efficient eco-innovative food production and processing CALL CLOSED
Specific Challenge: To remain competitive, limit environmental degradation and optimise the efficient use of resources, the development of more resource-efficient and sustainable food production and processing, throughout the food system, at all...
SFS-8-2015 Resource-efficient eco-innovative food production and processing CALL CLOSED
Specific Challenge: To remain competitive, limit environmental degradation and optimise the efficient use of resources, the development of more resource-efficient and sustainable food production and processing, throughout the food system, at all...
SIE 1 – 2014 Stimulating the innovation potential of SMEs for a low carbon and efficient energy system CALL CLOSED
Specific ChallengeSMEs play a crucial role in developing resource-efficient, cost-effective and affordable technology solutions to decarbonise and make more efficient the energy system in a sustainable way. They are expected to strongly contribute...
SIE-01-2015 Stimulating the innovation potential of SMEs for a low carbon energy system CALL CLOSED
Specific Challenge: SMEs play a crucial role in developing resource-efficient, cost-effective and affordable technology solutions to decarbonise and make more efficient the energy system in a sustainable way. They are expected to strongly contribute...
SME-SPACE-1-2014 SME instrument CALL CLOSED
Specific challenge: To engage small and medium enterprises in space research and development, especially those not traditionally involved in it and reduce as much as possible the entry barriers to SMEs for Horizon 2020 funding.The specific challenge...
SME-SPACE-1-2015 SME instrument CALL CLOSED
Specific challenge: To engage small and medium enterprises in space research and development, especially those not traditionally involved in it and reduce as much as possible the entry barriers to SMEs for Horizon 2020 funding.The specific challenge...
The SME instrument consists of three separate phases and a coaching and mentoring service for beneficiaries. Participants can apply to phase 1 with a view to applying to phase 2 at a later date, or directly to phase 2.

In phase 1, a feasibility study shall be developed verifying the technological /practical as well as economic viability of an innovation idea/concept with considerable novelty to the industry sector in which it is presented (new products, processes, design, services and technologies or new market applications of existing technologies). The activities could, for example, comprise risk assessment, market study, user involvement, Intellectual Property (IP) management, innovation strategy development, partner search, feasibility of concept and the like to establish a solid high-potential innovation project aligned to the enterprise strategy and with a European dimension. Bottlenecks in the ability to increase profitability of the enterprise through innovation shall be detected and analysed during phase 1 and addressed during phase 2 to increase the return in investment in innovation activities. The proposal should contain an initial business plan based on the proposed idea/concept.
The proposal should give the specifications of the elaborated business plan, which is to be the outcome of the project and the criteria for success.
Funding will be provided in the form of a lump sum of € 50.000. Projects should last around 6 months.

In phase 2, innovation projects will be supported that address the specific challenges identified and that demonstrate high potential in terms of company competitiveness and growth underpinned by a strategic business plan. Activities should focus on innovation activities such as demonstration, testing, prototyping, piloting, scaling-up, miniaturisation, design, market replication and the like aiming to bring an innovation idea (product, process, service etc.) to industrial readiness and maturity for market introduction, but may also include some research. For technological innovation a Technology Readiness Levels of 6 or above (or similar for non-technological innovations) are envisaged; please see part G of the General Annexes.
Proposals shall be based on an elaborated business plan either developed through phase 1 or another means. Particular attention must be paid to IP protection and ownership; applicants will have to present convincing measures to ensure the possibility of commercial exploitation ("freedom to operate").
Proposals shall contain a specification for the outcome of the project, including a first commercialisation plan, and criteria for success.
The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of between € 0.5 and 2.5 million would allow phase 2 to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts. Projects should last between 12 and 24 months.

In addition, in phase 3, SMEs can benefit from indirect support measures and services as well as access to the financial facilities supported under Access to Risk Finance of this work programme.
Successful beneficiaries will be offered coaching and mentoring support during phase 1 and phase 2. This service will be accessible via the Enterprise Europe Network and delivered by a dedicated coach through consultation and signposting to the beneficiaries. The coaches will be recruited from a central database managed by the Commission and have all fulfilled stringent criteria with regards to business experience and competencies. Throughout the three phases of the instrument, the Network will complement the coaching support by providing access to its innovation and internationalisation service offering. This could include, for example, depending on the need of the SME, support in identifying growth potential, developing a growth plan and maximising it through internationalisation; strengthening the leadership and management skills of individuals in the senior management team and developing in-house coaching capacity; developing a marketing strategy or raising external finance.

Transition from one phase to the next will be seamless, provided that the SME project has proven to be worth further funding during a previous phase. There is no obligation for applicants to sequentially cover all three phases. At the same time each phase will be open to all SMEs.

Expected Impact:
* Enhancing profitability and growth performance of SMEs by combining and transferring new and existing knowledge into innovative, disruptive and competitive solutions seizing European and global business opportunities.
* Market uptake and distribution of innovations12 tackling the specific challenges in a sustainable way.
* Increase of private investment in innovation, notably leverage of private co-investor and/or follow-up investments.
* The expected impacts should be clearly described in qualitative and quantitative terms (e.g. on turnover, employment, market seize, IP management, sales, return on investment and profit).