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FREE WEBINAR – Funding Opportunities

“Funding Opportunities for Irish SMEs in Europe – EU Horizon 2020: the Energy and ICT Sectors”

When: Wednesday 4th June 2014, 10.30am to 11.30am


  • What is Horizon 2020’s SME Instrument?
  • How do you apply?
  • What makes a successful application


Host: Inspiralia Advanced Technologies (Presenters: Pilar Cócera, Dr. Patrick Nicholson)

10:30-10:35        Webinar login

10:35-10:45        Intro to Inspiralia

10:45-11:15        H2020-SME Instrument: objectives, calls, requirements and keys for success

11:15-11:30        Q&A. Next Steps

For further information contact Liz Carroll: [email protected] or 01 6622755

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ISME , in association with The Greenway, is collaborating with Inspiralia to bring this webinar to Irish SME’s engaged in the cleantech and tech sectors. Inspiralia is a leading European institution which provides project management and research, development and innovation support for EU projects

EU Horizon 2020 funding for Research, Development an Innovation– SME Instrument Overview
SMEs are an important component of the EU’s HORIZON 2020 Research, Development and Innovation funding and are thus seen as a foundation stone for Europe 2020’s vision for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. 99% of all European business are SMEs and 85% of net new jobs in the EU between 2002 and 2010 were created by small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).
Horizon 2020 supports Innovative Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) through a new funding instrument (or mechanism) especially dedicated to SMEs.
The aim of the SME Instrument is to fill the gaps found in early-stage funding for research and innovation focused SMEs, Specifically the funding is intended to
– Serve as an accelerator for the introduction to market of promising technological (& non technological) innovations
– Support the development of a compelling commercial proposition
– Be for organizations who are at a stage where a prototype of the innovation can be deployed in market
– Be also applicable to single companies
Projects will be selected through a bottom-up approach within the given ‘Societal Challenges’ or ‘Enabling Technology’ themes of Horizon 2020. Projects must be of clear interest and benefit to SMEs, and have a clear European dimension.
The SME Instrument has 2 funding streams which are relevant to cleantech and tech SME’s with close to €80m funding available for allocation across Europe for these 2 streams over the course of 2014. The two streams focus on;

1. Stimulating the innovation potential of SME’s of a low carbon and efficient energy system
2. Open Disruptive Innovation (ODI) Scheme

Follow up Seminar Dublin
Following on from interest generated in the Webinar, Inspiralia will look to running a smaller more focused seminar as well as one to one meetings in Dublin on the 23th of June 2014. This will enable SMEs with specific projects to get a deeper insight in to the process and facilitate the scheduling of one to one meeting with SME’s to discuss project specific plans,

About Inspiralia

Inspiralia is a product developer that helps SMEs bring innovative technology to the market, using the funding offered through the EU Horizon 2020 SME Instrument. Inspiralia will work with the SMEs from idea conceptualization and validation to the market introduction of innovative technology, while completing all the requirements for the funding application to the EU. The funding is in the form of a non-repayable grant and ranges between $1M- $ 3M USD. Inspiralia has had one of the highest rates of success in obtaining funding for SMEs in the previous European framework (FP7).