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    Innovation in SMEs

    The SME Instrument

    Concise information: The two page SME Instrument factsheet

    The specific objective is to stimulate sustainable economic growth by increasing the level of innovation in SMEs, covering their different needs over the whole innovation cycle for all types of innovation, and thereby creating faster growing, internationally active SMEs.

    Dedicated to established, high growth, highly innovative, for-profit SMEs seizing European and global business opportunities.

    Adressing specific challenges within the "Industrial leadership" and "Societal challenges" sections of Horizon 2020. See topic preview 2017.

    The SME Instrument will cover:

    • Feasibility check, Initial business plan
    • R&D implementation
    • Commercialisation


    Have a look at the success stories below:


    Natural grass

    IBIS power




    Swiss Participation in Horizon 2020

    Please find information on the latest development on the page 'Swiss Participation in Horizon 2020'.

    Scientific Disciplines

    All disciplines  

    Industrial Sectors

    All sectors

    Main Target Audience

    • SMEs with a strong ambition to develop, grow and internationalise

    Key Information

    Duration of the programme: 7 years (2014-2020) under Horizon 2020
    Swiss eligibility: Switzerland is associated to Horizon 2020 (from 1.1.2017)
    Topic search: according to your field of research; find your topic in Horizon 2020
    Calls for proposals: one call per year, several topics, 4 cut-off dates per year
    Work Programme: for topic descriptions, cut-off dates and rules, go to the Work Programme
    H2020 reference documents: for all official documents, go to the Partcipant Portal

    Your Contact

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    Gerhard Gass

    National Contact Point (NCP):
    •SMEs & Access to Finance
    •Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture, Marine and Maritime Research and the Bio-economy

    Enterprise Europe Network EEN:
    •Advisor Agrofood
    Effingerstrasse 19
    3008 Bern
    Tel.:+41 31 380 60 15

    Upcoming Events

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    Organiser: Euresearch Head Office / S. Martinelli / Euresearch Lausanne (UNIL-CHUV), Anne-Emmanuelle de Crousaz