European Funding Opportunities 2016 - What Is Out There?
Written by Lisa Parks

We are entering the third year of the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 funding scheme; a European Research and Innovation programme that will distribute €80 billion of funding across Europe during its 7 year window (2014-2020). The opportunities are vast for all types of businesses, ranging from large universities to small and medium sized enterprises to startup companies. In this blog, we have highlighted a few of the key opportunities available during 2016 and outlined the key dates to be aware of in order to access these opportunities. More details on the full Horizon 2020 work programme for 2016-2017 can be found here:

Funding for All Organisations

  • Research and Innovation Actions - Offering a wide range of topic areas and various deadlines throughout 2016-17 for many types of applicants to consider. For example, the ‘Health, demographic change and well-being’ work programme is split between topics relating to personalised medicine and those in ICT focusing on health and ageing well. The goal of this programme is better health for all and promotion of healthy and active ageing in order to address the challenge of an ageing European population that is putting an increasing burden on existing healthcare systems. More information on this specific work programme can be found here:
  • Fast Track to Innovation Pilot – This scheme provides funding for close to market innovation activities across all technology/application areas. Substantial industry involvement is key for these types of applications in order to ensure quick market uptake. The budget for 2016 for this programme is €100 million, and the deadlines for 2016 are 15th March, 1st June and 25th October. More information can be found here:

Funding for Smaller Organisations

  • Eureka Eurostars – The latest statistics for Eureka Eurostars demonstrate a higher success rate than expected with 34% of submitted proposals obtaining funding. This scheme is aimed at supporting projects led by R&D performing small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The scheme supports a large number of topic areas; among the most recent pool of funded projects, the main technologies supported are Telecommunications (27%), Biotech (24%) and Industrial Manufacturing, Material and Transport (17%). The next submission deadline for this funding opportunity is 15th September 2016. More information can be found here:
  • Horizon 2020’s SME Instrument – The SME instrument (Previous SME instrument Euram blog: has proven very popular during the first two years with the number of proposals submitted rising with each successive submission date. This popularity may be due to the allowance of a single applicant and that some of the topics are 100% funded by the European Commission (both of which are unusual for other types of programmes). This year, the instrument has a new submission and evaluation pattern. Instead of Phase 1 (feasibility assessment) and Phase 2 (business plan including development, scale up, demonstration etc) having the same deadlines as in previous years, they now have different submission deadlines to, in theory, allow for a quicker evaluation of the proposals. The next deadline for Phase 1 will be 3rd May and for Phase 2 will be 14th April 2016.

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Alongside the above-described options, there are also many other available opportunities, not just in European funding, but also in the UK funding arena. We would be happy to help you digest this information and recommend an opportunity that would be perfect for your specific idea, company or research area. If you would like to discuss the potential opportunities and how to apply, please get in touch via or you can follow us on Twitter (@EuramLtd).