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Sectors: Industry, Innovation, New technologies, Research, SME Policy, Transport

Beneficiaries: Corporations, International Organisation, Research centres, SMEs

Regions: Africa-Carribean-Pacific, Candidate countries, European Union, Latin America, Worldwide

Category: Call for proposals


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Developing countries: Over 100 developing countries are automatically eligible for funding under Horizon 2020


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Responsible: European Commission


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This call for proposals aims at exploring and assessing the technical feasibility and commercial potential of a breakthrough innovation that a company wants to exploit and commercialize.

Priorities and funded actions:

The phase I is divided into 13 Topics
– Topic 1: Supporting SMEs efforts for the development – deployment and market replication of innovative solutions for blue growth
– Topic 2: SME boosting biotechnology-based industrial processes driving competitiveness and sustainability
– Topic 3: Critical infrastructure protection topic 7: SME instrument topic: Protection of Urban soft targets and critical infrastructures
– Topic 4: Open Disruptive Innovation Scheme (implemented through the SME instrument)
– Topic 5: SME business model innovation
– Topic 6: Innovative mobile e-government applications by SMEs
– Topic 7: Small business innovation research for Transport
– Topic 8: Accelerating the uptake of nanotechnologies, advanced materials or advanced manufacturing and processing technologies by SMEs
– Topic 9: Clinical research for the validation of biomarkers and/or diagnostic medical devices
– Topic 10: Boosting the potential of small businesses for eco-innovation and a sustainable supply of raw materials
– Topic 11: Resource-efficient eco-innovative food production and processing
– Topic 12: Stimulating the innovation potential of SMEs for a low carbon energy system
– Topic 13: SME Instrument

Among financed actions by phas
Risk assessment, design or market studies, intellectual property exploration; the ultimate goal is to put a new product, service or process in the market, possibly through an innovative application of existing technologies, methodologies, or business processes