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Horizon 2020 European funding (H2020)

Scottish SMEs can access up to £5,000 to explore opportunities for collaboration with Universities / Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) under the European funding programme Horizon 2020 (H2020).  Contact the Innovation Portal team for advise on how you can access this funding, in collaboration with Tayside's academic expertise.

Click here for further information on the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) website.

Click here to view a copy of the flyer (PDF format).

What is the Horizon 2020 SME Engagement Scheme?

The Horizon 2020 SME Engagement Scheme is aimed at supporting Scottish SMEs to explore the opportunities of Horizon 2020 funding and apply for particular schemes or calls under it, with the assistance of a Scottish University or HEI.  The Horizon 2020 SME Engagement Scheme is seen as an initial step on the “journey of engagement” for the business to access H2020 funds with other agencies likely to provide additional support if the H2020 application is successful eg. negotiation of contracts.

Horizon 2020 is a new €70 billion European funding programme which will support research and innovation and drive the creation of growth and jobs in Europe.  The programme will run from 2014 to 2020.

Support for Research and Innovation under Horizon 2020 will:

·       Strengthen the EU’s position in science by boosting top level research in Europe and increasing funding for the European Research Council

·       Strengthen industrial leadership in innovation through major investment in key technologies, greater access to capital and support for SMEs

·       Address major societal challenges such as climate change, developing sustainable transport and mobility, making renewable energy more affordable, ensuring food safety and security, and coping with the challenge of an ageing population by bridging the gap between research and the marketplace.

Horizon 2020 will present new opportunities for international co-operation and cross collaboration across Member States and will be complemented by measures to complete and further develop the European Research Area. All of these measures will be aimed at breaking down barriers to create a genuine single market for knowledge, research and innovation.  Horizon 2020 presents a significant opportunity for companies throughout Scotland.

How to Apply:

If you have an idea for an innovative product, service or process, please contact the Portal team and we will be pleased to advise on potential eligibility.  

Applications need to be submitted before the first Monday of each month.