€100 billion for SMEs like yours

Europe can do better at transforming its scientific expertise and strong skills into leadership in innovation and entrepreneurship.

As a result, the European Commission’s proposal for Horizon Europe is an ambitious €100 billion research and innovation programme to succeed Horizon 2020.

This budget will allow a great number of SMEs and mid-cap companies to boost their innovation capacity and competitiveness.

European Commission to invest €30 billion in new solutions for societal challenges and breakthrough innovation

The European Commission today announced how it will spend €30 billion of the EU research and innovation funding programme Horizon 2020 during 2018-2020, including €2.7 billion to kick-start a European Innovation Council.

Horizon 2020, the EU’s €77 billion research and innovation funding programme, supports scientific excellence in Europe and has contributed to high-profile scientific breakthroughs such as the discovery of exoplanets and gravitational waves.

Over the next 3 years, the Commission will seek greater impact of its research funding by focusing on fewer, but critical topics such as migration, security, climate, clean energy and digital economy. Horizon 2020 will also be more geared towards boosting breakthrough, market-creating innovation.

Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, said: “Artificial Intelligence, genetics, blockchain: science is at the core of today’s most promising breakthrough innovations. Europe is a world leader in science and technology and will play a major role in driving innovation. The Commission is making a concerted effort – including with the European Innovation Council which takes its first steps today – to give Europe’s many innovators a springboard to become world leading companies.”

The Commission is also launching the first phase of the European Innovation Council. Between 2018 and 2020, the Commission will mobilise €2.7 billion from Horizon 2020 to support high-risk, high-gain innovation to create the markets of the future. Moreover, Horizon 2020 will make better use of its “crack the challenge” prizes to deliver breakthrough technology solutions to pressing problems faced by our citizens.


The SME instrument is part of the European Innovation Council pilot (EIC pilot). This was launched on 27th October 2017 as part of the Horizon 2020 Work programme 2018-2020, when the EIC SME Instrument, EIC Fast Track to Innovation (FTI) and EIC Horizon Prizes, were brought under the EIC pilot umbrella, to provide a ‘one stop shop’ for funding of innovators/innovations in the EU.

Horizon 2020 funds high-potential innovation developed by SMEs through the EIC SME instrument. The EIC SME Instrument offers Europe’s brightest and boldest entrepreneurs the chance to step forward and request funding for breakthrough ideas with the potential to create entirely new markets or revolutionise existing ones.

Provided with about € 1.6 billion in funding over the period 2018-2020, the EIC SME Instrument will support groundbreaking innovative ideas for products, services or processes that are ready to conquer global markets. Available to SMEs only, the new scheme offers phased, progressive and complementary support to the development of out-of-the-box ideas. There are no predefined topics for the EIC SME instrument call; only the most excellent and impactful ideas will receive support.

In the last three years of implementation, around 4000 SMEs will be selected to receive funding under the EIC SME instrument call.


Topic:  EIC-SMEInst-2018-2020: SME instrumentForthcoming


Publication date:  27 October 2017


Types of action:SME-2 SME instrument phase 2
Opening date:
multiple cut-off
07 November 2017
Cut-off dates:10 January 2018 17:00:00
14 March 2018 17:00:00
23 May 2018 17:00:00
10 October 2018 17:00:00
09 January 2019 17:00:00
03 April 2019 17:00:00
05 June 2019 17:00:00
09 October 2019 17:00:00
08 January 2020 17:00:00
18 March 2020 17:00:00
19 May 2020 17:00:00
07 October 2020 17:00:00
Time Zone : (Brussels time)




Topic:  EIC-SMEInst-2018-2020: SME instrumentForthcoming


Publication date:  27 October 2017


Types of action:SME-1 SME instrument phase 1
Opening date:
multiple cut-off
07 November 2017
Cut-off dates:08 February 2018 17:00:00
03 May 2018 17:00:00
05 September 2018 17:00:00
07 November 2018 17:00:00
13 February 2019 17:00:00
07 May 2019 17:00:00
05 September 2019 17:00:00
06 November 2019 17:00:00
12 February 2020 17:00:00
06 May 2020 17:00:00
02 September 2020 17:00:00
04 November 2020 17:00:00
Time Zone : (Brussels time)

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Innovative energy: Interested in “clustering” your knowledge?

From 31 May to 2 June 2017, KU Leuven (Belgium) hosts the 5th UNI-SET Energy Clustering Event (ECE)…

…on the SET-Plan Core Priority “N°1 in Renewable Energy”. The event intends to stimulate discussion among university leaders on the development of innovative and multidisciplinary research and education programmes.

The conference will also offer specific opportunities for “clustering” knowledge, in which research and education leaders from different disciplines will present their views on the specific priorities of the SET-Plan.

The event is the fifth of the series of six events aiming to mobilise Europe’s university community in the field of energy. It carries forward the activities outlined in the “Roadmap for European Universities in Energy” published in December 2016.

Keywords: economy, environment, research & Innovation, research infrastructures, SME.


May 31, 2017 @ 9:00 am – June 2, 2017 @ 5:30 pm

KU Leuven, Belgium

COST: Free

Contact: Aurélie Clenet – 0032 2 230 55 44 – Email

Want to know more? Please visit: Event website.


SME Instrument Impact Report 2017

SME Instrument Impact Report 2017 has been published.

On 11th May 2017, the Executive Agency for Small and Medium Enterprises (EASME) has announced the edition of the SME Instrument Impact Report 2017.

SME Instrument from Horizon 2020, the most preferred funding scheme for SMEs since 2014– has been creating a huge impact on the growth of thousands of high-risk and disruptive companies in Europe.

Three years of programme, 31.000 applications, 2 457 SMEs supported and €882 million distributed in 36 countries.

For summarized highlights, read here:

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Whether you represent an innovative startup or scale-up SME, do you have what it takes to become the next winner?


Are you persistent enough to create and maintain your own success? If so, we welcome you to visit check the upcoming deadlines and available calls/topics.

Click on each SME Instrument topic below to analyse its general requirements, specific challenges, scope and expected impacts.



ICT – Open Disruptive Innovation Scheme (ODI)
Nanotechnologies, advanced materials or advanced manufacturing and processing technologies
Biotechnology SMEs closing the gap from lab to market
Engaging SMEs in Space research and development
Supporting innovative SMEs in the healthcare biotechnology sector
Sustainable and competitive agriculture, forestry, agri-food and bio-based sectors
Deployment and market replication of innovative solutions for blue growth
Low carbon and efficient energy system
Small business innovation research for Transport and Smart Cities Mobility
Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials
ICT solutions for Health, Well-Being and Ageing Well (e-Health)
New business models for inclusive, innovative and reflective societies
Engaging SMEs in security research and development




  • Open Disruptive Innovation Scheme (€66M)
  • Nanotech or advanced manufacturing and processing technologies (€35,32M)
  • Dedicated support to biotechnology SMEs closing the gap from lab to market (€7,5M)
  • Engaging SMEs in space research and development (€11,6M)
  • Supporting innovative SMEs in the healthcare biotechnology sector (€45M)
  • e-Health: ICT solutions for Health, Well-Being and Ageing Well (€12,5M)
  • Agriculture, forestry, agri-food and bio-based sectors (€32,19M)
  • Blue growth innovative solutions (€10M)
  • Low carbon and efficient energy system (€50M)
  • Small business innovation research for Transport and Smart Cities Mobility (€61,23M)
  • Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials (€27,5M)
  • New business models for inclusive/innovative/reflective societies (€11,4M)
  • Engaging SMEs in security research and development (€14,67M)









Event in Brussels – March 2nd 2017

On March 2nd 2017 in Brussels, ECSEL JU is organising an ESCEL Call Forum 2017 in preparation of the Calls for Proposals to be launched in 2017. The event targets potential applicants for the calls for Research and Innovation Action (RIA) and Innovation Action (IA) under the ECSEL funding scheme. It is an opportunity to learn more about ECSEL JU and the upcoming calls, as well as to meet project partners and exchange ideas. The event will take place on March 2nd 2017 (9am – 6pm). Participation is free of charge but registration is mandatory. For practical reasons, registrations will close on Tuesday February 28th (5pm).

ECSEL is a partnership between the private and the public sectors for advancing the state-of-the art in Electronic Components and Systems.

The ECSEL Joint Undertaking is established within the meaning of Article 187 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union for the implementation of the Joint Technology Initiative on ‘Electronic Components and Systems for European Leadership’ for a period up to 31 December 2024. ECSEL Joint Undertaking has legal personality. In order to achieve its objectives, the ECSEL Joint Undertaking provides financial support mainly in the form of grants to participants following open and competitive calls for proposals.



at 17:00:00 Brussels time on 11 May 2017 for Project Outline stage;

at 17:00:00 Brussels time on 21 September 2017 for Full Project Proposal stage.

General call information:

ECSEL JU opens two concurrent Calls in 2017:

  • H2020-ECSEL-2017-1-IA-two-stage – Innovation Actions (IA)
  • H2020-ECSEL-2017-2-RIA-two-stage – Research and Innovation Actions (RIA)

Both ECSEL Calls 2017 have two stages, Project Outline (stage 1) and Full Project Proposal (stage 2). The submission of a Project Outline is mandatory, only proposals having submitted a Project Outline will be allowed to submit a Full Project Proposal.

Second International Conference on Maritime Spatial Planning, 15-17 March 2017, Paris

DG MARE and IOC UNESCO IOC are jointly organising the 2nd International Conference on Marine/Maritime Spatial Planning in March 2017 in Paris. Given the rising international interest in Maritime Spatial Planning, it is time to take stock of the latest developments and to discuss on how to achieve and accelerate successful MSP worldwide.

Invited experts from Europe, North America, South Africa, Asia and Latin America will share their practical experiences of maritime spatial planning highlighting good practices and fit to purpose solutions.

This three-day conference will enable experts to discuss amongst others :

  1. Stakeholder engagement, illustrating wide ranging and innovative approaches to stakeholder participation
  2. International targets promoting sustainable ocean governance and the role of MSP in dealing with those challenges – International cross-border MSP (Xiamen,The Coral Triangle, The Southern Ocean and Rhode Island)
  3. Application of the ecosystem approach
  4. Effective monitoring and evaluation
  5. Institutional capacity needs for adaptive management within MSP
  6. Practical examples of ocean planning in areas beyond national jurisdictions


The conference will gather 280 participants and up to 46 speakers from across the world.

You may apply to join the conference until 03/02/2017. Please register on the website: http://www.msp2017.paris/

For those who will not attend the conference, live streaming will be available on the website during the conference.