Spring 2014 brings good news for innovative SMEs!

The SME Instrument – the most complete funding programme for the European private sector in recent years is open.

The instrument is solely intended for European SMEs and is part of Horizon 2020 – the new Research and Innovation
funding programme of the European Commission for the new financial cycle 2014 – 2020.


The programme addresses internationally orientated SMEs across different industries and supports the implementation of highly innovative ideas with  relevant market potential.

Support shall be given to projects with a European dimension, leading to  radical changes in their business sector, products, processes, services, marketing, etc).


The programme will run through successive opening of project calls for the phases 1- 2 every year during 2014- 2020. The project calls will be conducted as continuously open calls with different rounds/ application deadlines (cut-off dates) throughout every year. Successive calls for Phase 3 projects are expected in the period 2017-2020.

The 2014 project proposal calls for phases 1-2 opened simultaneously on 01.03.2014.

Deadlines for submitting the applications will be however different:

– For projects in Phase 1 – 06.18.2014 – 09.24.2014 – 12.17.2014
– For projects in Phase 2 – 10.09.2014 – 12.17.2014

The assessment of the applications will take about 2 months for phase 1 and 4 months for phase 2.

No conditionality between the two phases, i.e. SMEs can opt for direct applications in Phase 2, without previously benefiting from phase 1.

Further information

Read more here.

Published: May 7, 2014. Categories: News.

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