SMEs & Industry

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SMEs & Industry

The APC is experienced in collaborating with SMEs and industry at local, national and international level.  As the largest EU research and innovation funding programme to date, Horizon 2020 offers many opportunities to collaborate on development and translation research to drive job creation, prosperity and a better quality of life for citizens.  With more simplified rules than FP7 participation is encouraged across the programme and include the following opportunities:

  • Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies (LEIT) which supports innovation and the development of Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) technologies in a number of areas including: Biotechnology, Advanced manufacturing and processing and nanotechnologies.
  • Fast Track to Innovation pilot action (FTI) to support to innovation actions under the Leadership enabling and industrial technologies (LEIT) and the Societal Challenges (SC) pillars.
  • Innovation in SMEs to support the growth of such business to develop into multinational companies in the future. A dedicated SME instrument has been established in Horizon where an expected minimum of 20% of the combined budgets of the LEIT and SC pillars will go to SMEs.
  • Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) under the Excellent Science pillar will support multidisciplinary collaborative research across scientific and engineering disciplines to convert the excellent science base into a competitive advantage.

More information is available at the following link: 

If you are interested in exploring Horizon 2020 opportunities with the APC please contact Dr Jill Haynes.

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