Horizon 2020 is the Biggest EU Research and Innovation Programme Offering 80 Billion Euros of Funding for SME's & Startups
H orizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020)

Navigating to the right pages of information & links for further reading in order to understand the funding streams in an organisation as large as the EU is a mammoth undertaking. Its almost as if they make it so difficult to get to the information deliberately so it scares us mere mortals from trying.

The other possibility that they are so used to bureaucratic communication and getting the information correct down to dotting the i's and crossing the t's the original purpose gets quite literally, lost in translation.

How we have addressed it is by simply providing you with the links and bullets of the main points that we gleaned. We also aim to work with an organisation that will help you navigate the red tape and qualifying criteria in order to get the funding. We will announce the organisation name and contact information in due course.

There are three categories or pillars under which grants/funding is awarded:

Excellent Science

Industrial Leadership

Societal Challenges

Here are the first set of links for you to start browsing for more information:

http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/en/h202...

http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/en/h202...

http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/en/h202...

http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/en/h202...

http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/en/h202...

http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/en/h202...

http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/en/h202...

http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/en/h202...

http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/en/h202...

http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/en/h202...

http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/en/h202...

http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/en/h202...

http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/en/h2020-section/euratom

How much is available for SMEs?

50,000 Euros each…

How To Get Funding?

http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/home.html

Horizon 2020 actively supports SMEs by providing both direct financial support, and indirect support to increase their innovation capacity.

The objective of 'Innovation in SMEs' is to optimise the Research, Development & Innovation environment for SMEs

  • Strengthening the innovation capacity of SMEs and
  • Creating value on the market and/or into society,
  • Underpinning the Europe2020 strategy
  • Smart, inclusive and sustainable growth

SMEs can find this kind of support via a dedicated SME instrument

  • Financing needs of internationally oriented SMEs
  • It aims at supporting projects with a European dimension that lead to radical changes in how business (product, processes, services, marketing etc
  • Also includes actions which provide indirect support to SMEs in the form of tailored services and projects (innovation management capacity building, IPR management, etc

Horizon 2020 provides direct support to the Enterprise Europe Network

  • Improving SMEs' access to funding opportunities

Innovation in SMEs' funds additional activities intended to support entrepreneurship, internationalisation, and improving access to markets (through the COSME programme)

EUREKA/Eurostars Joint Programme Initiative (2014-2020), that provides funding for market-oriented transnational collaborative R&D projects

  • Strengthening integration and synchronisation of national research programmes contributing to the achievement of a European Research Area.

http://een.ec.europa.eu/

  • COSME (EU Programme for the Competitiveness of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises

http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/initiatives/cosme/index_en.htm

  • Enterprise Europe Network

http://een.ec.europa.eu/

  • The Eurostars programme

http://www.eurostars-eureka.eu/

  • The SME instrument

http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/en/h2020-section/sme-instrument

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