The European Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, also known as Horizon 2020, funds projects involving SMEs by addressing the specificities of smaller companies. This practical guide helps innovative SMEs get access to Horizon 2020 funding.
The opportunities offered by Horizon 2020 are real: a substantial part of the programme goes to innovation projects, as opposed to purely research-focused programmes. Binding quotas for SMEs ensure that funding benefits companies as much as research organisations or universities. Certain schemes, such as the SME instrument, specifically address innovative smaller companies in the EU. As a general rule, grants do not have to be reimbursed. EU projects do not only provide monetary benefits, but boost international visibility and market outreach.
The intention of the guide is to give business owners a map to navigate these different opportunities and make them work for them. Readers will understand which programmes can fit their company’s needs and ambitions – and which don’t. The guide provides an overview of Horizon 2020 and outlines the process from idea to project step by step.