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SME Instrument outlook 2017: increased funding budget & optimized evaluation process

SMEs will be granted EUR 437.5 in 2017 via SME Instrument, EC’s main funding programme addressing highly innovative SME’s. This represent a 24% or EUR 84 million increase compared to the total budget 2016 and a 13% increase or EUR 52 million increase of the initial 2017 budgeted amount of EUR 385.91 million.

Among the eligible topics, Healthcare biotechnology and Transport and Smart Cities Mobility are the biggest ones, with EUR 80 million and EUR 61.23 million for 2017, having thus a considerable budget increase compared to 2016. Sustainable food production and Environment/ Resource Efficiency will also have significant budget increases.

Important topic updates:

– The topic Healthcare and Biotechnology for cell technologies Phase 1 will be closed off in 2017. Nonetheless, Phase 2 projects will continue during 2017.
– The topic Blue Growth will put more emphasis on marine litter prevention.
– The topic Security, actions in this area are encouraged to take in account the objectives of the Cybersecurity contractual Public-Private Partnership and the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda.

A detailed view on the 2017 SME instrument:

TOPICS CALL ID BUDGET
    2016 2017

Open Disruptive Innovation Scheme

SMEInst – 01

€ 60 m.

€ 66 m.

Accelarating the uptake of nanotechnologies advanced materials or advanced manufacturing and processing technologies by SMES

SMEInst – 02

€ 31.83 m.

 € 35.32 m.

Dedicated support to biotechnology SMEs closing the gap from lab to market

SMEInst – 03

€ 7.5 m.

€ 7.5 m.

Engaging SMEs in space research and development

SMEInst – 04

€ 11.37 m.

 € 12.6 m.

Supporting innovative SMEs in the healthcare biotechnology sector

SMEInst – 05

€ 35 m.

€ 80 m.

Accelarating market introduction of ICT solutions for Health, Well-Being and Ageing Well

SMEInst – 06

€ 18 m.

€ 12.5 m.

Stimulating the innovation potential of SMEs for sustainable and competitive agriculture, forestry, agri-food and bio-based sectors

SMEInst – 07

€ 25.46 m.

€ 37.87 m.

Supporting SMEs efforts for the development – deployment and market replication of innovative solutions for blue growth

SMEInst – 08

€ 9.5 m.

€ 12.42 m.

Stimulating the innovation potential of SMEs for a low carbon and efficient energy system

SMEInst – 09

€ 46 m.

€ 50 m.

Small business innovation research for Transport and Smart Cities Mobility

SMEInst – 10

€ 57.57 m.

€ 61.23 m.

Boosting the potential of small businesses in the areas of climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials

SMEInst – 11

€ 25 m.

€ 36 m.

New business models for inclusive, innovative and reflective societies

SMEInst – 12

€ 10.8 m.

€ 11.4 m.

Engaging SMEs in security research and development

SMEInst – 13

€ 15.37 m.

€ 14.67 m.

TOTAL  € 353.4 m.   € 437.5 m. 

Evaluation process and deadline update: SME Instrument adapted its evaluation process and cut-off rhythm in 2016 in order to right-size the process and inform the applicant faster. Another optimization during 2016 was to decouple the evaluation of the phases having the aim of creating a shorter time span for signing grants in Phase 2.

An overview of the cut-off dates for 2017:

BUDGET

Deadlines for all themes
Phase 1 15/02/2017 03/05/2017 06/09/2017 08/11/2017
Phase 2 18/01/2017 06/04/2017 01/06/2017 18/10/2017

Source: Executive Agency for Small and Medium Enterprises (EASME)

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