SME Instrument 2016-2017. Phase 2

From 2016-02-03 00:00:00 to 2017-10-18 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 2, innovation projects that address the specific challenges identified and that demonstrate high potential in terms of company competitiveness and growth underpinned by a strategic business plan will be supported. Activities should focus on innovation activities such as demonstration, testing, prototyping, piloting, scaling-up, miniaturisation, design, market replication and the like aiming to bring an innovation idea (product, process, service etc.) to industrial readiness and maturity for market introduction, but may also include some research. For technological innovation, Technology Readiness Levels of 6 or above (or similar for non-technological innovations) are envisaged; Proposals shall be based on an elaborate business plan. The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of between € 0.5 and 2.5 million would allow phase 2 to be addressed appropriately. This call includes multiple cut-off dates: 03/02/2016, 14/03/2016, 15/06/2016, 13/10/2016, 18/01/2017, 06/04/2017, 01/06/2017 and 18/10/2017 (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.