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News H2020 call for project: Boosting the potential of small businesses in the areas of climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials

Topic identifier: SMEInst-11-2016-2017
Publication date: 14 October 2015

Types of action: SME-1 SME instrument phase 1
Opening date:
multiple cut-off 
26 November 2015
Cut-off dates: 24 February 2016 17:00:00 
03 May 2016 17:00:00 
07 September 2016 17:00:00 
09 November 2016 17:00:00 
15 February 2017 17:00:00 
03 May 2017 17:00:00 
06 September 2017 17:00:00 
08 November 2017 17:00:00 

Types of action: SME-2 SME instrument phase 2
Opening date:
multiple cut-off 
26 November 2015
Cut-off dates: 03 February 2016 17:00:00 
14 April 2016 17:00:00 
15 June 2016 17:00:00 
13 October 2016 17:00:00 
18 January 2017 17:00:00 
06 April 2017 17:00:00 
01 June 2017 17:00:00 
18 October 2017 17:00:00 

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
Specific Challenge:

Innovative SMEs have been recognised as being able to become the engine of the green economy and to facilitate the transition to a resource efficient, climate-smart circular economy. They can play an important role in helping the EU to exit from the economic crises and in job creation. The potential of commercialising innovative solutions from SMEs is however hindered by several barriers including the absence of the proof of concept, the difficulty to access risk finance, the lack of prototyping, insufficient scale-up studies, etc. Growth therefore needs to be stimulated by increasing the levels of innovation in SMEs, covering their different innovation needs over the whole innovation cycle.

Innovative SMEs should be supported and guided to reach and accelerate their full green growth potential. This topic is targeted at all types of eco-innovative[1] SMEs in all areas addressing the climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials challenge – including but not restricted to the 2016-2017 strategic priorities of systemic eco-innovation and circular economy, nature-based solutions, climate services, sustainable supply of raw materials, harnessing GEOSS Earth observation data, cultural heritage for sustainable growth, and water – focusing on SMEs showing a strong ambition to develop, grow and internationalise. All kinds of promising ideas, products, processes, services and business models, notably across sectors and disciplines, for commercialisation both in a business-to-business (B2B) and a business-to-customer (B2C) context, are welcome.

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Geographical coverage Belgium
News date 22/02/2017
Working language(s) ENGLISH