The SME Instrument is one of the offered EU Work Programme SME support, comprising 3 phases, as illustrated below.
The Horizon 2020 work programme related to "Innovation in SMEs", includes a variety of topics. The total budget of the Horizon 2020 - Innovation in SMEs work programme amounts to 353.5 m€ for SME Instruments Calls in 2016; and 385.91 m€ for SME Instruments Calls in 2017. For the last three years of Horizon2020 implementation (2018-2020), around 4000 SMEs will be selected to receive funding under the EIC SME instrument call.
Since October 2017 the SME Instrument became part of the European Innovation Council pilot (EIC pilot), as part of the Horizon 2020 Work programme 2018-2020. The EIC includes the SME Instrument, the EIC Fast Track to Innovation (FTI), Future and Emerging Technologies (FET)-Open and EIC Horizon Prizes, were brought under the EIC pilot umbrella, to provide a 'one stop shop' for funding of innovators/innovations in the EU. Check the löinks belw for further information of the topics and calls.
The next EU Work Programme Horizon Europe (#HorizonEU) will also continue with the SME Instrument, within its EIC European Innovation Council in #HorizonEU Pillar 3. Check the link below for updated information about the #HorizonEU programme.
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