Current EU Funding Opportunities

On this page you will find the current open calls which are relevant for SMEs and give you access to EU funding.


  • Focus area: ICT Technology Transfer Experiments (TTX)
  • Funding framework: Financial Support for Third Parties (Cascade funding)
  • Closing date: 28.02.2020, 23:59 (CET)
  • Funding amount: between €50 000 and €100 000 maximum (for all third parties involved in the TTX).
  • Eligibility criteria: Three (or more partners in case a multidisciplinary collaboration is needed), from at least two different EU member states or countries associated to H2020; partners must be legal entities, such as universities, research organisations, SMEs, other for-profit companies (mid-caps, large industries).

Today’s European industries are challenged by the fast developing digitalisation era, making it increasingly difficult for small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) to keep track with, and benefit from, modern ICT for their business and production cycles.

The innovation action TETRAMAX aims to boost innovation by stimulating, organising and evaluating different kinds of Technology Transfer Experiments (TTX). These co-funded “application experiments” connect SMEs and other for-profit companies (mid-caps, large industry, etc.) with international academics, resulting in low-risk industrial adoption of novel computing technologies. TETRAMAX provides innovative advanced digital technologies for novel electronic and non-electronic products in the area of Customised Low-Energy Computing (CLEC) for Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) and the Internet of Things

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  • Focus area: Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR)
  • Funding framework: Financial Support for Third Parties (Cascade funding)
  • Closing date: Several cut-off dates:
    -31 January 2020, 17:00 (Brussels time)
    -30 April 2020, 17:00 (Brussels time)
    -31 July 2020, 17:00 (Brussels time)
  • Funding amount: Maximum total funding for a project : €50 000
  • Eligibility criteria: XR research teams from a legal entity (a single organisation, not a consortium), which can for example be an SME, a research institution, an academic institution, etc… based in one of the EU Member States (MS), an H2020 Associated Country or one of the other countries listed in the General Annex A of the Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2018‐2020.

XR4ALL, co-funded from the European Union’s Horizon 2020, launches this open call to attract, select, and provide financial support to third parties (outstanding XR research teams from organisations such as SMEs, research institutions, and academia) to develop new XR solutions (e.g. plugins for games engines such as Unity, low level components based on open APIs, standards and frameworks such as SolAR, or any XR Application) using the XR developers platform and publishing their solution on the XR Solutions Catalogue.

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  • Focus area: ICT
  • Funding framework: Call for tender, DG CONNECT
  • Closing date: N/A
  • Funding amount: Value excluding VAT: 120 000 000.00 EUR to 151 410 000.00 , depending on the lot.
  • Eligibility criteria: Participation in this procurement procedure is open on equal terms to all natural and legal persons coming within the scope of the Treaties, as well as to international organisations.
    It is also open to all natural and legal persons established in a third country which has a special agreement with the Union in the field of public procurement on the conditions laid down in that agreement.

Acquisition, delivery, installation and hardware and software maintenance of Precursors to Exascale supercomputers for the European High Performance Computing Joint Undertaking (EuroHPC). There are 3 lots.

The EuroHPC JU wishes to procure three (3) world-class precursor to exascale supercomputing infrastructures, one per lot, for Europe’s scientific, industrial and public users, matching their demanding application requirements by 2020.
The procurement aims at:
• Providing access to High Performance Computing-based infrastructures and services to a wide range of users from the research and scientific community, as well as the industry including SMEs, and the public sector, for new and emerging data and compute-intensive applications and services
• Fostering science and engineering applications in Europe HPC infrastructure by providing more supercomputing resources;
• Fostering the use of supercomputers primarily for research and innovation purposes falling under public funding programmes that shall be open to users from the public and private sectors and shall have an exclusive focus on civil applications

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Production of Manufacturing SMEs

  • Focus area: Integration of clean production in manufacturing SMEs
  • Funding framework: Financial Support for Third Parties (Cascade funding)
  • Closing date: 29 April 2020, 17:00 (CET)
    Cut-off dates: 31.01.2020, 29.04.2019
  • Funding amount: Maximum amount of financial support for each third party: €50 000 (provided as lump sum). The micro grant covers 70% of the total project costs. The remaining 30% have to be provided by the applicant SME.
  • Eligibility criteria: The applicant SME must be a single company (not in a consortium) and active in the manufacturing sector.
    A cross-border project requires one SME and two KET Technology Centres from at least two different EU member states.

KET4CleanProduction is a coordination and support action (CSA) funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme. The project fosters the use of advanced manufacturing technologies and related key enabling technologies (KETs) by small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) to upgrade their production processes towards resource- and energy efficiency. To support this goal, the project aims to create an open innovation ecosystem with a one-stop-shop web platform and has an open call for proposals for financial support (€50 000 per SME) to

The aim of this call os to facilitate the access of manufacturing SMEs to technology services and facilities for clean production innovation and to enable cross-border cooperation with two international KET Technology Centres in clean production.

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  • Focus area: New products, services and business models
  • Funding framework: Horizon 2020
  • Closing date: Multiple cut-off:
    18 March 2020 17:00:00 Brussels time,
    19 May 2020 17:00:00 Brussels time,
    07 October 2020 17:00:00 Brussels time.
  • Funding amount:
    Grant only (funding rate 70%): between €0.5 million and €2.5 million.
    Blended finance option: the grant component is limited to €2.5 million combined with an equity component of up to €15 million
  • Eligibility criteria: Individual for-profit SMEs established in an EU Members State or a Horizon 2020 associated country can apply.
    If the activity concerns a primarily technological innovation, a Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of 6 or above is required for primarily technological innovation or the equivalent for non-technological innovation.

The EIC Accelerator pilot (SME Instrument) is for innovators with ground-breaking concepts that could shape new markets or disrupt existing ones in Europe and worldwide.
Only ground-breaking concepts at the last stage before scale-up can be funded.

Selected companies receive business coaching to further develop their innovation idea, and can also receive mentoring. They are helped in networking with other EIC Accelerator pilot (SME Instrument) clients, with other companies of all sizes, and with potential co-investors and follow-up investors across Europe. As an SME Instrument client, you will gain visibility and boost your chances of success in European and international markets

Phase 1 will be discontinued. Phase 2 offers a grant only support to SMEs in need of one last push before the scaling-up phase; and it will offer blended finance (combining grant and equity) to SMEs looking to further develop their idea.

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  • Focus area: Innovation
  • Funding framework: Horizon 2020, Innovation Action (IA)
  • Closing date: Cut-off dates:
    19 February 2020 17:00:00 Brussels time,
    09 June 2020 17:00:00 Brussels time ,
    27 October 2020 17:00:00 Brussels time
  • Funding amount: maximum EU contribution per action is €3 million (funding rate: 70% for for-profit entities; 100% for not-for-profit entities).
  • Eligibility criteria:
    – Participation of three to no more than five different legal entities, independent of each other, in a consortium.
    – Allocation of at least 60% of the overall budget to consortium partner(s) from industry; or a minimum of 2 industry partners out of a consortium of 3 or 4; or a minimum of 3 industry partners out of a consortium of 5.
    – All consortium members established in EU Member States or in countries associated to Horizon 2020.
    – If the proposal involves technological innovation, your consortium should declare that the technology or the technologies concerned are at least at Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 6.
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  • Focus area: Radically new future technologies
  • Funding framework: Horizon 2020 (Research and Innovation action)
  • Closing date: 13 May 2020 ,17:00 Brussels time
  • Funding amount: Maximum EU contribution per action is €3 million (other amounts may be requested)
  • Eligibility criteria: At least three legal entities. Each of the three must be established in a different EU Member State or Horizon 2020 associated country. All three legal entities must be independent of each other.

This call aims to llay the foundations for radically new future technologies of any kind from visionary interdisciplinary collaborations that dissolve the traditional boundaries between sciences and disciplines, including the social sciences and humanities. This topic also encourages the driving role of new actors in research and innovation, including excellent young researchers, ambitious high-tech SMEs and first-time participants to FET under Horizon 2020 from across Europe.

Proposals are sought for cutting-edge high-risk / high-impact interdisciplinary research with all of the following essential characteristics (“FET gatekeepers”):

Radical vision: the project must address a clear and radical vision, enabled by a new technology concept that challenges current paradigms. In particular, research to advance on the roadmap of a well-established technological paradigm, even if high-risk, will not be funded.
Breakthrough technological target: the project must target a novel and ambitious science-to-technology breakthrough as a first proof of concept for its vision. In particular, blue-sky exploratory research without a clear technological objective will not be funded.
Ambitious interdisciplinary research for achieving the technological breakthrough and that opens up new areas of investigation. In particular, projects with only low-risk incremental research, even if interdisciplinary, will not be funded.

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