This survey was commissioned by the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) under the powers delegated by the European Commission, Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW) within the context of a study on the effectiveness of public innovation support for SMEs in Europe (contract number: EASME/COSME/2019/SC/02).
This survey is addressed to enterprises (especially small and medium sized enterprises - SMEs) and providers of innovation support to SMEs (including institutional stakeholders, business organisations, etc.) operating in Europe, EFTA countries and Horizon 2020 associated countries. The main objective is to collect fresh information on:
- The main factors hampering innovation in SMEs, particularly in view of recent technological and market developments;
- Forms of innovation support received over the last three years;
- The level of satisfaction with the existing support for innovation;
- Gaps in innovation support and suggestions for improvement.
The ultimate goal is to inform the European Commission on how to make public innovation support for SMEs more effective and efficient.
The questions should be answered by the company owners or managing directors, or a staff member in charge of strategic decisions for the company with regard to innovation.