According to the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, there are about 23 million small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the EU, which account for almost 99% of the total number of enterprises. They are the driving force for stimulating economic growth and the creation of new jobs. SME funding is therefore an important component of the European policy on small and medium-sized enterprises.
SME funding within Horizon 2020
SME funding plays a particularly significant role in Horizon 2020. Small and medium-sized enterprises are regarded by the Commission as an innovation engine and the players that can swiftly convert research results into market-ready products. The SME Instrument is aimed exclusively at small and medium-sized enterprises with growth potential that are pursuing innovative ideas with European added value in the long term and already possess market experience. Moreover, the EU Commission as a rule requires a strong involvement of SMEs in associated research projects.
SME funding outside Horizon 2020
SME funding outside Horizon 2020 offers numerous alternatives and opportunities to SMEs for taking part in transnational cooperation projects. The programmes specified below are either designed exclusively for SMEs or are structured in such a way that they are particularly suitable for SMEs.
Further information about the individual SME funding programmes
Below, you will find an overview of national and European funding programmes aimed at SMEs:
Support from BayFOR
Are you a Bavarian SME and are you interested in national and European funds for your company? Would you like to know which programme is best suited for your project? Are you looking for relevant partners for transnational cooperation? Do you have any questions about the required timing and the costs related to a funding application? Do you need support in submitting your application? Then please get in touch with us! We are here to help!