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In 2016-2017 there will be 44.2% more financing for SMEs in the SME Instrument program. The new work program of Horizon 2020 for research and innovation was adopted by the European Commission on 13 October. The total budget for the next two years is close to 740 million euros, with which it is assumed that more than 2000 highly innovative SMEs can be financed.

ICT and intelligent transport continue to have the largest budgets (126 million and 118 million respectively for the two years). This represents an increase of 38 million and 43.97 million euros compared to previous years for these two programs. The largest budget increase is for sustainable food production (+ 143%), biotechnology (+ 142%) and blue growth (+ 116.7%).

The topic of health, biomarkers and / or medical devices will be divided into two new topics, on the one hand biotechnological medical assistance and on the other hand ICT for health, well-being and healthy aging. The budget will remain approximately the same.

The following table shows the budgets in the next two years for each topic.

  2016 2017
Open Disruptive Innovation Scheme SMEInst-01 € 60 m. € 66 m.
Accelerating the uptake of nanotechnologies advanced materials or advanced manufacturing and processing technologies by SMEs SMEInst-02 € 31.83 m. € 35.32 m.
Dedicated support to biotechnology SMEs closing the gap from lab to market SMEInst-03 € 7.5 m. € 7.5 m.
Engaging SMEs in space research and development SMEInst-04 € 11.37 m. € 12.6 m.
Supporting innovative SMEs in the healthcare biotechnology sector SMEInst-05 € 35 m. € 45 m.
Accelerating market introduction of ICT solutions for Health, Well-Being and Aging Well SMEInst-06 € 18 m. € 12.5 m.
Stimulating the innovation potential of SMEs for sustainable and competitive agriculture, forestry, agri-food and bio-based sectors SMEInst-07 € 25.46 m. € 32.19 m.
Supporting SMEs efforts for the development – deployment and market replication of innovative solutions for blue growth SMEInst-08 € 9.5 m. € 10 m.
Stimulating the innovation potential of SMEs for a low carbon and efficient energy system SMEInst-09 € 46 m. € 50 m.
Small business innovation research for Transport and Smart Cities Mobility SMEInst-10 € 57.57 m. € 61.23 m.
Boosting the potential of small businesses in the areas of climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials SMEInst-11 € 25 m. € 27.5 m.
New business models for inclusive, innovative and reflective societies SMEInst-12 € 10.8 m. € 11.4 m.
Engaging SMEs in security research and development SMEInst-13 € 15.37 m. € 14.67 m.
TOTAL € 353.4 m. € 385.91 m.