Workshop PNO:H2020 SME-instrument Workshop

Workshop PNO:H2020 SME-instrument Workshop

H2020 SME-instrument Workshop

As an highly innovative start-up you are probably quite familiar with several nationally orientated tech-innovation grants such as the ‘MKB-Innovatiestimulering Regio en Topsectoren’ (MIT). An instrument which is particularly interesting for start-ups whom R&D projects are in an early development stage with a high market potential for diverse Dutch “Top Sectors”.

After 2-5 years you are commercially really successful thanks to the high level of innovation that your proven technology has for specific markets. Well in that case a quite logical next step for your company would be: Going Global! If your company is fast moving towards this, you should consider applying for a grant through the European Horizon 2020 SME-Instrument!

Provided with about €3 billion in funding over the period 2014-2020, the SME Instrument helps high-potential SMEs to develop ground-breaking innovative ideas for products, services or processes that are ready to face global market competition. Available to SMEs only, the new scheme has opened a new highway to innovation through phased, progressive and complimentary support.

Under Horizon 2020 the SME Instrument supports Innovative SMEs in filling the gaps in funding for early-stage Research and Innovation (R&I) and accelerating the exploitation of innovations. It consists of 3 different grant possibilities or “phases”:

  • Phase 1 aims to cover the assessment of technical feasibility and market potential of new ideas. Project will be supported through a lump sum of € 50,000 and the typical duration should be 6 months.
  • Phase 2 aims to cover R&I activities with a particular focus on demonstration activities (testing, prototype, scale-up studies, design, piloting innovative processes, products and services, validation, performance verification etc.) and market replication encouraging the involvement of end users or potential clients. Projects funding should be up to € 2,500,000 and the typical duration should range from 12 to 24 months.
  • Phase 3 concerns support measures in view of helping SMEs toward commercialising their innovative products and services through measures like networking, training, coaching and mentoring, facilitating access to private capital or better interaction with key stakeholders. SMEs will not receive direct funds from the EU but in kind business coaching and professional guidance.

On Wednesday December 9th at 11 AM my colleagues Joren Selleslaghs and Rick Fransen will tell you every little detail you need to know about the SME-Instrument. Including some successful practical cases Joren has worked on during his last two years at PNO (also for YES!DELFT members!) . During this session there is of course all opportunity for answering questions and discussing your specific R&D projects in relation to the SME-instrument.

A free lunch is after the session for everybody available! 

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