- Call for proposals 2018-2020: the EC invests 30 billion euros in research and innovation

In the context of Horizon 2020 – the European Union’s funding program for research and innovation – the European Commission published on 27 October 2017 its work program for the period 2018-2020.

4 Focus Areas:

  • Building a low-carbon, climate resilient future = LC

  • Digitising and transforming European industry and services = DT

  • Connecting economic and environmental gains – the Circular Economy = CE

  • Boosting the effectiveness of the Security Union = SU

Are you an innovative company or an R&D organization? Are you considering setting up a European collaborative research project or joining an existing consortium?

It’s time to position yourself.


SME Instrument Focus

As part of the Horizon 2020 program, the SME Instrument is a real growth driver for innovative SMEs. From 2018, this funding scheme will become easier to access at all levels, to benefit the greatest number of SME.


Outlines of this change:


  •  Bottom-up selection approach (deletion of thematic lines – all fields of activity are eligible)

  • New submission forms

  • Individual interviews with selected candidates in phase 2 (Industrial Pitching)


From now on, the SME Instrument will be open to innovation projects in all areas. However, only the best disruptive innovations will be selected.

Dedicated to innovative and ambitious SMEs, it finances their innovation projects in several stages:


  • From idea to concept (€ 50,000 in funding);

  • From concept to market (between 0.5 and 2.5 million euros in funding),

Focus calls for collaborative projects proposals


Several calls have been published to support innovative collaborative projects in the areas of ICT, nanotechnology, energy, transport, health, food security, sustainable agriculture, bioeconomy, environment


The first deadlines for submission of project proposals are scheduled for April 2018.


Type of projects:

  • Research and innovation actions: acquire new knowledge, feasibility of a new technology / product / process / service

  • Innovation actions: innovative product / service design, prototype, demonstration, pilot, large-scale validation, first market application.

  • Coordination and support actions: standardization, dissemination, communication, networking, studies and exchanges best practices