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Editorial October 2017

A bigger bang for SMEs in Horizon 2020 next year

Some may have noted this reference to one of the latest Rolling stones’ album: as of 2018, significant changes will apply to the SME instrument scheme in Horizon 2020, under the umbrella of the European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot.

You can’t get no satisfaction from the funding opportunities to come to start you up :

  • 4 cut-off dates /year
  • 479,8 € M in 2018, 552 €M in 2019, 600 €M in 2020
  • Up to 1200 phase-1 and up to 200 phase-2 projects financed /year
  • No more challenge-specific topic

Scaleup companies will benefit from the return of the Fast track to innovation (FTI) scheme, targeting mature, ground-breaking new solutions needing last development push to shape a new market and wider deployment. 100 €M /year are planned for more than 30 selected projects through 3 cut-off dates /year. You’ll definitely have sympathy for the Horizon 2020 Devil.

So, before thinking it’s all over now, check these new opportunities with your NCP. Don’t paint it black and contact us !


Frédéric Suche, NCP for Health, demographic change and well-being


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