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Research and 
Inno vation 
The SME instrument has been designed to help 
fill a financing gap for business innovators with...
PHASE I 
Grant of € 50,000 (lump sum) + coaching support 
PHASE II 
Grant of € 0.5 Million to € 2.5 Million (70% of 
fundi...
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Brochure about SME Instrument in Horizon 2020 programme

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Businesses can now get EU funding and support for innovation projects that will help them develop and expand into other countries – in Europe and beyond.
The funding is available through the SME Instrument, part of the EU's Horizon 2020 programme.
The SME Instrument offers small and medium-sized businesses:
- funding for innovation projects in two phases
concept and feasibility assessment phase (phase 1);
- innovation project (phase 2);
- support services to help you make money from your innovation, including help accessing private financing–commercialisation (phase 3);
- coaching – to enhance the firm's innovation capacity and help align the project to strategic business needs.
To qualify for funding or other support, a project must fit one of the current bottom-up SME Instrument topics.

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Brochure about SME Instrument in Horizon 2020 programme

  1. 1. Research and Inno vation The SME instrument has been designed to help fill a financing gap for business innovators with international ambitions. Commercialization Resources Invested Development Funding Gap (range: 1-3 m€) Research Public Funds Private Funds Industry Venture Capital Angel Investors IT OFFERS… ✓✓ Funding to find out whether your innovative idea can translate into market success ✓✓ Financial support for the development of your innovative ideas at an early, high-risk stage ✓✓ Concrete and easy business support and coaching from design to market, on the basis of a business (innovation) plan ✓✓ Guidance on how to identify and attract private investors The SME Instrument is the tool to give your business a boost! Find out more at http://ec.europa.eu/research/sme_funding You are determined to grab the wheel of successful innovation… • You represent one single SME or a consortium of SMEs • You have a radically innovative idea that can create value at the EU level • You want to make your business grow in Europe and beyond ….but you are still looking for support to help you go from idea to market, such as … …… financing to develop your idea into a groundbreaking product, service or business model that works? …… a strategy or more skills and competences to export your innovation successfully? …… EU-wide promotion of your innovative business activities, which can help you to tap into new market and financing opportunities? Go for the SME Instrument, € 3 billion over the period 2014-2020 to support Europe’s best innovative SMEs! • Visit the Horizon 2020 Participant Portal, and check out the area in which your SME could get support… • Prepare a brief business plan… • After an independent review, the best ideas will receive EU funding and support The SME Instrument is a new initiative under Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. http://ec.europa.eu/research/horizon2020/index_ en.cfm ©alphaspiri, #44495816, 2013. Source: fotolia.com © European Union, 2013 Reproduction is authorised provided the source is acknowledged. KI-01-13-595-EN-C SME Your highway to innovation The Instrument doi:10.2777/43984
  2. 2. PHASE I Grant of € 50,000 (lump sum) + coaching support PHASE II Grant of € 0.5 Million to € 2.5 Million (70% of funding)* + coaching support *as a general rule PHASE III Risk Finance (Private/Public) Concept & Feasibility Assessment Idea to Concept Demonstration Market Replication R&D Concept to Market-Maturity Commercialisation Market-Maturity to Market Launch 6 months 12-24 months The SME Instrument SEAMLESS BUSINESS INNOVATION SUPPORT FROM IDEA TO MARKET… …YOUR HIGHWAY TO DELIVER INNOVATION ON THE MARKET! ACTIVITIES SUPPORTED PROOF OF CONCEPT ✓✓ Prove Technical and Commercial Viability ✓✓ Explore IP Regime ✓✓ Design Study ✓✓ Develop Pilot Application ✓✓ Risk Assessment DEMONSTRATION OF COMMERCIAL POTENTIAL via ✓✓ Prototyping ✓✓ Testing ✓✓ Piloting ✓✓ Miniaturization ✓✓ Scaling-up ✓✓ Application Development GO-TO-MARKET ✓✓ EU Quality Label (Promotion & Networking with Financiers/Clients) ✓✓ Investment Readiness Training ✓✓ SME window in the EU Financial Facilities (debt & equity backed by EIB/EIF) ✓✓ Link to Public Procurement Networks Elaborated Business Plan Idea > Business Plan Apply at any time! Commercialisable Output Market Success

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