- Excellence in Science - pillar 1, €24,4 bn, mainly foreseen for basic research and career funding
- Industrial Leadership - pillar 2, €17 bn, funding in ICT, nano, space, biotechnology
- Societal Challenges - pillar 3, €29,7 bn, funding in health, food, energy, transport, climate, security
Note: ca. 20 % of the budget in pillars 2 and 3 (total of ca. €8 bn) is foreseen for SMEs
For SMEs a participation in programmes under the topics «Industrial leadership» and «Societal challenges» is highly appropriate and attractive. Within these lines you will find many life sciences areas as well as public private partnerships like Innovative Medicines Initiative. SMEs will be supported across Horizon 2020 pillars in all forms of R&D and innovation, towards exploitation and commercialization – covering the whole value chain.
For details see «summary diagram» which can be downloaded here
Further funding opportunities (click on European Programmes, top left)
Two SMEs in the Basel area currently participating in an EU-funded Project
|«The participation in the FP7 «aim4np» project has many advantages for Nanosurf: First we are part of an international team to develop a new breakthrough technology to enable atomic force microscopy measurements in noisy production environment, second we get partly paid for this exciting development and third we may use some of the technological findings as part of future Nanosurf products. These are a lot of benefits which will strengthen our technology and market position in a very competitive Environment.»
Urs Matter, CEO, Nanosurf, Liestal
|«The European research and innovation programs are important tools to increase the effectiveness in our projects. The professional cooperation in the programs expanded our R & D capabilities and we benefit from the knowledge and experience of all partners. In addition, we increase our network by working together. From a marketing point of view, these programs allow us to communicate more efficiently in the relevant markets, which improves the subsequent sale of the products and the overall potential for success increase. VanBaerle participates in the project Reactafire which aims to develop advanced coatings for timber fire protection, http://www.reactafire.eu/project/.»
Francesca Paganelli, Head Research and Development, VanBaerle, Münchenstein
SMEs are eligible for funding - details
Swiss SMEs as well as research institutions may participate in nearly all funding streams in Horizon 2020 and are eligible for funding (except «Access to Risk Finance», «SME-Instrument»). Depending on the status of Switzerland in Horizon 2020 (Associated or Third Country) and upon project approval, the budget for the Swiss partner will be financed either by the EC or by the Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI). Also, Swiss SMEs may apply for a Support of CHF 8000.- for a grant preparation for an EU project («KMU – Einstiegsbetrag»). Up-to-date details are provided on the SERI website (see here services, forms, Horizon 2020 to find «KMU – Einstiegsbetrag»).