Call for proposals for enhancing SME innovation capacity by providing better innovation support H2020-INNOSUP-2015-3 Closed!


The Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020) is implemented by specific programme and work programmes.

The “Industrial leadership” priority aims to speed up development of the technologies and innovations that will underpin tomorrow's businesses and help innovative European SMEs to grow into world-leading companies. It consists of three specific objectives.

"Innovation in SMEs" provides SME-tailored support to stimulate all forms of innovation in SMEs, targeting those with the potential to grow and internationalise across the single market and beyond.

The specific objective is to stimulate sustainable economic growth by means of increasing the levels of innovation in SMEs, covering their different innovation needs over the whole innovation cycle for all types of innovation, thereby creating more fast-growing, internationally active SMEs.


Actions foreseen within this call for proposals include the following topics:

  • INNOSUP-7-2015: Professionalization of open innovation management in SMEs. After the update to the Horizon 2020 Work Programme of 22 July 2014 this topic has been removed from the call. 
  • INNOSUP-8-2015: Measuring open innovation inputs and outputs in SMEs Innovation occurs more and more frequently in global networks. From a policymaker’s point of view this requires the development of internationally comparable indicators to better understand the concept of open innovation and its implications for innovation policy. R&D-intensive firms are increasingly reluctant to increase R&D spending, but rather seek to rationalize the process by bringing in new partners or spinning out research projects. Traditional innovation measures fail to spot these tendencies. Currently available open innovation data is also insufficient to support business operations. There is little hard evidence, based on large-scale databases, about research projects or other innovation activities where open innovation may play a crucial role. From the points of view of a policymaker, detailed and comprehensive data would allow drawing conclusions regarding the inputs into and generated outputs of open innovation to guide policy development.


European community funding

The Community provisional funding available for the call for proposals is:

  • 2,30 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 29 April 2015 - 6 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)

Further information about the call

Official webpage of the call

Useful documents

  • Enhancing SME innovation capacity by providing better innovation support (Legal base)

Organisations eligible to participate

Opened to the following bodies or institutes with legal status established in the covered areas:

  • Any legal organisation

Covered areas

Bodies or institutes must have their registered legal seat in one of the countries taking part in the Programme which are:

  • European Union (EU)

Directorate-Generale responsible

Directorate-General for Research

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