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SME Instrument, 44% budget increase for your projects in 2016

The objective of SME Instrument is to support around 2000 innovative SMEs in 2016 and 2017 to shape new markets, create growth, and achieve high return on investment on the global market.

The EU’s SME Instrument (financed from the Horizon 2020) addresses the financing needs of internationally oriented SMEs, in implementing high-risk and high-potential innovation ideas. It aims at supporting projects with a European dimension that lead to major changes in how business (product, processes, services, marketing etc.) is done.
ICT (Open Disruptive Innovation Scheme), intelligent transport and low carbon energy continue to be the biggest topics also in terms of budget allocation, whereas the budgets for sustainable food production, biotechnology and blue growth all have been more than doubled. 
See below a table compiling the list of calls for 2016 and 2017:  

2016 2017

Open Disruptive Innovation Scheme

  €60 m    € 66m
Accelerating the uptake of nanotechnologies advanced materials or advanced manufacturing and processing technologies by SMEs   €31.83 m €35.32 m
Dedicated support to biotechnology SMEs closing the gap from lab to market   €7.5 m €7.5 m
Engaging SMEs in space research and development   €11.37 m €12.6 m
Supporting innovative SMEs in the healthcare biotechnology sector   €35 m €45 m
Accelerating market introduction of ICT solutions for Health, Well-Being and Ageing Well   €18 m €12.5 m
Stimulating the innovation potential of SMEs for sustainable and competitive agriculture, forestry, agri-food and bio-based sectors   €25.46 m €32.19 m
Supporting SMEs efforts for the development - deployment and market replication of innovative solutions for blue growth   €9.5 m €10 m
Stimulating the innovation potential of SMEs for a low carbon and efficient energy system   €46 m €50 m
Small business innovation research for Transport and Smart Cities Mobility   €57.57 m €61.23 m
Boosting the potential of small businesses in the areas of climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials   €25 m €27.5 m
New business models for inclusive, innovative and reflective societies   €10.8 m €11.4 m
Engaging SMEs in security research and development   €15.37 m €14.67 m
TOTAL   €353.4 m €385.91 m

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