Industrial Leadership

Innovation in SMEs 2018-2020


On 27 October 2017 the European Commission has published the Work Programme 2018-2020 containing new calls for proposals in ”Innovation in small and medium-sized enterprises” . The overall budget for the 2018 call is EUR 41.33 million. For the calls in 2019 there will be EUR 48.65 million available. For the calls in 2020 the Work Programme comprises only names of the topics.

The Work Programme comprises the call for proposals “For a better support to SMEs”

Submission procedure

There are different submission procedures, opening dates and deadlines for the topics of this call. Please check the work programme for further information.  

European Innovation Council: SME Instrument

The Pilot initiative ‚European Innovation Council‘ comprises calls for the SME Instrument which is found under the Horizon 2020 Work Programme Part – Towards the next EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation: European Innovation Council (EIC) Pilot" (part 17 of this Work Programme).

Please consider:

The two year Work Programme 2018 - 2020 is quite complex in terms of funding objectives, funding schemes, proposal submission procedures and deadlines.

All information on the call, the detailed call description and important guidance for applicants in the "Horizon 2020 Grants Manual" are available online on the Participant Portal and should be read carefully. Topics, rules for submission (budgets, deadlines, funding schemes) as well as information on the evaluation procedure are available in General Annex of the Work Programme.