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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




    Key Information

    Swiss eligibility:               Switzerland is fully associated to Horizon 2020 
    H2020 Funding portal:    Participant Portal
    Topic search:                   Find your topic
    Call descriptions, rules:   Work Programme

    Scientific Disciplines

    All disciplines  

    Industrial Sectors

    All sectors

    Main Target Audience

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

    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

    Open Calls

    Open Calls

    The Work Programme 2018-2020 is expected to be published at the end of the year. For preliminary information on the upcoming calls please contact us.

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