New "SME Instrument" of Horizon 2020 shows a 49% success rate in first round

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 Map and list of winners. http://ec.europa.eu/easme/sme/beneficiaries_en.htmThe European Commission has today published a list of the small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that will be first to benefit from its new €3 billion SME Instrument. 155 SMEs from 21 countries will each receive €50,000 to finance feasibility studies for their projects, and they can also benefit from up to three days of business coaching. After that, their projects may be considered for further financial support from the Commission worth up to €2.5 million.The numbers for the first round were remarkable. 2662 proposals were submitted from the countries participating in H2020 but 88% did not meet the evaluation standard! For those who did, 49% were selected for funding. Some adjustments are therefore obviously required from the applicants side, but for well packed and strong cases this new funding scheme is really worth the effort to apply for.Of the 155 awarded SMEs, 4 are in Sweden: XVIVO Perfusion in Gothenburg, Biovica International in Uppsala, Climatewell in Hägersten and Finepart Sweden in Bollebygd. Good work, but let's hope for higher Swedish participation next round. There is nfortunately no photonics company yet among these four, but at least Biovica is using e.g. absorption measurements in one of their technologies.Next deadline is dec 17, and the topics are set, however divided in 11 calls covering transportation, security. bio etc.http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/opportunities/h2020/ftags/sme_instrument.html#c,topics=flags/s/SME/1/1&+callIdentifier/desc