Learning and innovation go hand in hand.
EU Horizon 2020
The EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation HORIZON 2020 (H2020)
H2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020).
It is the financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union and it is open to everyone. H2020 also aims to enhance EU international research cooperation.
In November 2016 Armenia gained the status of H2020 Associated Country and Armenian researchers and organizations can participate in all H2020 calls on equal footing with EU member states.
Horizon 2020 has a strong emphasis on SMEs, recognizing them as the backbone of the European economy and one of the main drivers for growth and prosperity. This is reflected in the way H2020 is structured and its budget targeted.
The support is being provided under the initiative of EIC Accelerator Pilot, which assists the innovators, entrepreneurs, small companies and scientists with bright ideas and internationalisation potential. You can apply both as individual SMEs and with partners. The support is 500,000-2,5 million Euro Grant, as well as up to 15 million Euro loan availability. The Project offers also coaching and mentoring services to successful companies.
Indeed, it is hard to get finances for the innovative companies. Their products may be complicated, the technologies may not be tested, and the markets may not exist anymore. Horizon 2020 helps the startup companies to benefit from loans easier by its Access to risk finance activity to react this challenge.
H2020 Collaborative Projects (SME + Partners)
SMEs can apply for H2020 calls for collaborative projects in any research area and work with at least 2 international partners from different EU countries.
For more information please visit: http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/funding/index.html
Participation in the H2020 offers some concrete advantages for SMEs, which certainly impacts on both their growth and competitiveness. First of all, there is the opportunity to network not only with other SMEs but also with academic and industrial partners. This may assist the SMEs in developing contacts for future research projects or for other business opportunities, including acting as a subcontractor. H2020 may also directly help the small companies to develop and market their products, as well as improving their access to finance via loans and venture capital under the InnovFin programme. (http://www.eib.org/products/blending/innovfin/)
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With the aim to promote more active participation of SMEs in EU H2020 programme the following services are provide to the potential H2020 applicants by EEN Armenia:
- Dissemination of informationand awareness raising
- Organization of information events, trainings and Brokerage Events
- Assistance and consultancyon preparation and submission of project proposals
- Partner search
- Continues advice from idea to project submission and project implementation
- Facilitation of participation of applicants in Brokerage Events in EU member states
Innovation Support Services
With the aim to reveal the innovation management potential of ambitious companies EEN Armenia provides the following Innovation Support Services:
- Analysis of innovation potential of enterprises using various EU tools.
- Improvement of the company’s innovation management - Enhancing Innovation Management Capacity (EIMC)
- Key Account Management (KAM ) services for beneficiaries of the SME Instrument
- Technology Transfer
- Finding the right technology for the company to improve its innovation
For further information on participation in H2020 please contact H2020 National Information Point of Armenia: