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Bioscience and Agri-Food relevant calls in H2020 Industrial Leadership - Dedicated SME Instrument

The 2016/2017 Calls have now been launched under the Dedicated SME Instrument of the Horizon 2020 Programme.

KTN can provide support to SME’s who are thinking about applying to this funding programme.


What funding is available?

Support is available under three phases:

Phase 1 - a lump sum of €50,000 for a feasibility study lasting around six months.

Phase 2 - grants of between €500,000 and €2.5 million for innovation projects that address the specific challenges identified and that demonstrate high potential. Phase 2 projects will last between 12 and 24 months and should focus on innovation activities such as demonstration, testing, prototyping, piloting, scaling-up, miniaturisation, design, market replication etc

Phase 3 - SMEs can benefit from indirect support measures and services as well as access to the financial facilities supported under the Access to Risk Finance programme.


Biosciences, Biotechnology and Agri-Food relevant topics

Topics in of particular relevance to Biosciences, Biotechnology and Agri-Food include:

o   Cell technologies in medical applications (all phase 1 and phase 2 deadlines in 2016 and 2017)

o   Clinical research for the validation of biomarkers and/or diagnostic medical devices (only at the first cut-off date in 2017 and for phase 2 applications)

o   Advancing innovations in Integrated Pest Management.

o   Resource-efficient eco-innovative food production and processing.

o   Reduction of food losses and waste on farm and along the value-chain.

o   Creating added value from waste and by-products generated on farm and along the value-chain.

o   Reducing energy consumption and carbon footprint by smart and sustainable use (including energy-efficient products and services as well as ‘Smart Cities and Communities’).

o   Low-cost, low-carbon electricity supply (including renewable energy as well as carbon capture and storage and re-use).

o   Alternative fuels and mobile energy sources.

o   A single, smart European electricity grid.

o   New knowledge and technologies.

o   Robust decision making and public engagement.


Important dates

The submission process has the following cut-off dates for 2016:

  • Phase 1: 24th February, 3 May, 7th September and 9th November 2016
  • Phase 2: 3rd February, 14 April, 15th June and 13th October 2016


Further information and support

Click here to visit the H2020 participant portal.

KTN can provide support to SME’s who are thinking about applying to this funding programme. Email to find out more.

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