Streamlined application procedures, including simpler evaluation criteria based around excellence, implementation and impact, mean that SMEs now have easier access to EU resources and grant funding through the Horizon 2020 programme. Phased financial support is available for projects, from concept and feasibility through to market readiness preparation and eventual market launch.
Sources of EU finance for SME research and innovation projects include;
- EU SME Instrument: A new dedicated SME scheme to fill gaps in funding for early stage, high risk research and development. It targets all types of SMEs and provides support across all areas of innovation, science and technology. Click here to download the SME Factsheet and click here to access the Horizon 2020 SME Work Programme.
- Eurostars: The Eurostars programme is targeted at innovative SMEs wanting to take part in collaborative research with partners across Europe and associated countries. Click here to access the Eurostars Work Programme for 2014 and 2015.