Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly EUR 80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014-2020). For the last work programme 2018-2020 around EUR 30 billion of funding is available.
Horizon 2020 emphasises funding for innovation and activities close to market. It contributes to economic growth and focus on increasing the participation of SMEs. There are many opportunities for European SMEs across the three main pillars, Excellent Science, Industrial Leadership and Societal challenges.
The Dedicated SME Instrument
SME Instrument supports Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) with a radically new idea underpinned by a business plan for rolling out marketable innovation solutions and with ambitions to scale up. It supports high-risk, high-potential SMEs to develop and bring to market new products, services and business models that could drive economic growth.
The SME instrument offers Europe's brightest and boldest entrepreneurs the chance to step forward with funding to boost fast company growth and market-creating innovation.
Fast Track to Innovation
Fast Track to innovation (FTI) is a fully-bottom-up innovation support programme.
FTI promotes close-to-the-market innovation activities open to industry-driven consortia that can be composed of all types of participants.
FTI helps partners to co-create and test breakthrough products, services or business processes with the potential to revolutionise existing or create entirely new markets under the helm of the new European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot.
Eurostars supports research-performing SMEs and individual scientist to develop innovative products, processes and services, to gain a competitive advantage. Eurostars provides funding for transnational innovation projects for rapid commercialisation.
The applications are scrutinised by a panel of international research and business experts. This ensures that only the best ideas and strongest partnerships get the support needed. Eurostars helps businesses grow their teams, discover new expertise - and attract private investors.