SME Instrument 2016-2017. Phase 1

From 2016-02-24 00:00:00 to 2017-11-08 00:00:00

The SME instrument addresses the financing needs of internationally oriented SMEs, in implementing high-risk and high-potential innovation ideas. It aims at supporting projects with a European dimension that lead to major changes in how business (product, processes, services, marketing etc.) is done. It will assist innovative SMEs to shape new markets, create growth, and achieve high return on investment. The SME instrument consists of three phases, including a coaching and mentoring service for beneficiaries. Participants can apply to phase 1 or directly to phase 2. In phase 1, a feasibility study shall be developed in order to verify the technological/practical as well as economic viability of an innovation idea/concept with considerable novelty to the industry sector in which it is presented (new products, processes, design, services and technologies or new market applications of existing technologies). The proposal should contain an initial business plan based on the proposed idea/concept. Funding will be provided in the form of a lump sum of € 50,000. Projects should last around 6 months. This call includes multiple cut-off dates: 24/02/2016, 03/05/2016, 07/09/2016, 09/11/2016, 15/02/2017, 03/05/2017, 06/09/2017 and 08/11/2017 (All them until 17 h., Brussels time). The SME instrument addresses all types of innovative SMEs so as to be able to promote growth champions in all sectors. Topics covered by the call are: – SMEInst-01-2016-2017: Open Disruptive Innovation Scheme – SMEInst-02-2016-2017: Accelerating the uptake of nanotechnologies advanced materials or advanced manufacturing and processing technologies by SMEs – SMEInst-03-2016-2017: Dedicated support to biotechnology SMEs closing the gap from lab to market – SMEInst-04-2016-2017: Engaging SMEs in space research and development – SMEInst-05-2016-2017: Supporting innovative SMEs in the healthcare biotechnology sector – SMEInst-06-2016-2017: Accelerating market introduction of ICT solutions for Health, Well-Being and Ageing Well – SMEInst-07-2016-2017: Stimulating the innovation potential of SMEs for sustainable and competitive agriculture, forestry, agri-food and bio-based sectors – SMEInst-08-2016-2017: Supporting SMEs efforts for the development – deployment and market replication of innovative solutions for blue growth – SMEInst-09-2016-2017: Stimulating the innovation potential of SMEs for a low carbon and efficient energy system – SMEInst-10-2016-2017: Small business innovation research for Transport and Smart Cities Mobility – SMEInst-11-2016-2017: Boosting the potential of small businesses in the areas of climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials – SMEInst-12-2016-2017: New business models for inclusive, innovative and reflective societies – SMEInst-13-2016-2017: Engaging SMEs in security research and development.