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Sectors: Economy - Finances, Industry, Information, Innovation, Research, SME Policy

Beneficiaries: Administrations States, Agencies Chambers, Corporations, Local and Regional authorities, Research centres, SMEs, Training centres, Universities

Regions: Balkans, Candidate countries, Developing countries, European Economic Area, European Union, Mediterranean countries, New Independant States, Switzerland

Category: Call for proposals


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

* European economic area: Norway, Iceland


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Responsible: European Commission


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The general objective of this call for proposals is threefold. First, it aims to develop methodologies to gather, measure and analyse data on open innovation. Second, it aims at studying how collaboration and/or open innovation is managed and organised in SMEs. Lastly, it aims to provide entrepreneurs with comprehensive data and performance indicators on the cost-benefit ratio of open innovation.

Priorities and funded actions:

This call for proposals is split into 2 topics
– Professionalization of open innovation management in SMEs
– Measuring open innovation inputs and outputs in SMEs
Applicant must select one of the two topics to candidate


* Under topic 1:
– To boost collaboration of SMEs with external partners to help them innovate successfully
– To professionalize the management of open innovation by SMEs
– To create an online platform to disseminate best practice examples in the business community and complementing the cases with training modules highlighting specific open innovation aspects
– To foster the uptake of open innovation by SMEs with the views to allow SMEs to sidestep the commoditisation pressure and price competition successfully by developing new and more profitable businesses through networking among innovation partners

* Under topic 2: 
– To broaden available innovation indicators from input/ output measures to indicators that combine the quality and intensity (i.e. number of collaborative deals divided by number of employees) of the innovation cooperation
– To gather evidence base for the impact of open innovation in an SME context
– To verify a convincing case for open innovation by moving from incidental evidence to time series data


* For projects under topic 1: 
– Collection and analysis of information and data on the application of open innovation in SMEs
– EU-wide diffusion of success stories of SMEs using open innovation
– Development of practical management tools to support and explain the identified case studies on open innovation
– Development and testing of open innovation indicators to support management support tools within an SME

* For projects under topic 2: 
– Stocktaking of available open innovation indicators, indices and methodologies
– Development of quantitative tools to present evidence and impact of open-innovation in SMEs
– Identifying policy conditions to make open innovation a reality in SMEs

Among financed actions

Coordination and support action :
– Dissemination
– Awareness-raising and communication
– Policy dialogues and mutual learning exercises and studies
– Networking and coordination between programmes in different countries