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How to write a successful SME Instrument grant application

March 15 2017

The Horizon 2020 SME Instrument Work Programme supports SMEs in the field of biotechnology and to help them overcome the obstacles between early technological development and market introduction. SMEs working in the field of industrial biotechnology and ideas/concepts involving the use of systems and/or synthetic biology are particularly invited to apply for funding.

Who can apply and what to apply for?

A single SME established in EU Member States or Horizon 2020 associated countries can apply for these grants. The instrument is meant for established SMEs (>5 years). However, there are examples of younger SMEs that got funded. Within Phase 1, SMEs can request € 50.000 and the project should last around 6 months. Within Phase 2, SMEs can request up to € 2.5 million. Typically, granted projects range between € 0.5 and € 2.5 million and the duration of the project should be between 12-24 months. 

Find more information about these grants in our Life Sciences Funding Database.

Next Horizon 2020 SME Instrument deadlines

The SME Instrument calls are returning regularly. The next deadlines are 3 May 2017 for phase I proposals and 1 June 2017 for phase II proposals.

How to write a winning SME Instrument grant proposal

We have written a resource to help you write a convincing SME Instrument grant proposal. We provide you with 5 essential tips that will help you to write a winning SME instrument proposal.

Read our article: "How to write a winning SME instrument grant proposal".

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