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Success rate of countries applying for the new H2020 SME instrument

Horizon 2020 funds high-potential innovation through a dedicated SME instrument, which offers seamless business innovation support under the section Societal Challanges and the specific part Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies (LEITs).

It was announced yesterday that 155 companies will receive funding in the amount €7.75 million for innovation studies through H2020 instrument for SMEs. The selected companies are coming from 21 EU Member States plus Israel and Turkey.

In total 2,666 businesses applied for the 1st round of grants under the above noted instrument by submitting a business plan. Nevertheless, EU 12 countries are still performing differently:

·        - 7 out of 13 countries had no projects selected

·        - 3 countries, among which is Poland, got just 1 project selected

·        - Slovenia is the best performer with 4 projects awarded, followed by Hungary with 3 projects and Estonia with 2

As comparison Spain got 39 projects awarded, Austria 4, which is the same as Slovenia, however Slovenia’s success rate is almost 3 times higher.

Please, find here table with the calculation of the total number of proposals, projects approved and success rate per country.



The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under agreement n°320209