Horizon 2020 - SME Instrument, financing in 2016-2017

In 2016-2017 there will be 44,2% more financing for SMEs under the SME-Instrument


The total budget of the SME Instrument for 2016-2017 is nearly 740 million of euros that should benefit over 2000 highly innovative SMEs.

SMEs can choose among 13 topics:

  • SMEInst-01-2016-2017: Open Disruptive Innovation Scheme
  • SMEInst-02-2016-2017: Accelerating the uptake of nanotechnologies advanced materials or advanced manufacturing and processing technologies by SMEs
  • SMEInst-03-2016-2017: Dedicated support to biotechnology SMEs closing the gap from lab to market
  • SMEInst-04-2016-2017: Engaging SMEs in space research and development
  • SMEInst-05-2016-2017: Supporting innovative SMEs in the healthcare biotechnology sector SMEInst-06-2016-2017: Accelerating market introduction of ICT solutions for Health, Well-Being and Ageing Well
  • SMEInst-07-2016-2017: Stimulating the innovation potential of SMEs for sustainable and competitive agriculture, forestry, agri-food and bio-based sectors
  • SMEInst-08-2016-2017: Supporting SMEs efforts for the development - deployment and market replication of innovative solutions for blue growth
  • SMEInst-09-2016-2017: Stimulating the innovation potential of SMEs for a low carbon and efficient energy system
  • SMEInst-10-2016-2017: Small business innovation research for Transport and Smart Cities Mobility 12 SMEInst-11-2016-2017: Boosting the potential of small businesses in the areas of climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials
  • SMEInst-12-2016-2017: New business models for inclusive, innovative and reflective societies
  • SMEInst-13-2016-2017: Engaging SMEs in security research and development

ICT and intelligent transport remain the biggest topics (€ 126 milllion and € 118.8 for two years) with significant budget increases compared to the last work programme (+38 million and + 43.97 million).

The main percentage increases are for sustainable food production (+143.7%), biotechnology (+142 %) and blue growth (+116.7%). The health topic for biomarkers and/or medical devices will be phased-out and divided into two challenges: healthcare biotechnology and ICT for health, well-being and ageing well. The budget will remain nearly the same with only a slight decrease. The topic innovative mobile e-government will on the other hand disappear.


Horizon 2020 - Research Infrastructures, work programme 2016-2017

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