The European Commission has today published a list of the 155 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. After that, their projects may be considered for further financial support from the Commission worth up to €2.5 million.
Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, said: "Innovative SMEs will help get the European economy back on track, creating lasting employment and great products and services. This new instrument is aimed at projects that are truly innovative, with a strong business opportunity and a solid concept to bring them to the market."
Tomaz Gornik, Marand CEO said: “We are very proud to have been selected as recipients of the SME Instrument grant. It will accelerate our plans to build a global ecosystem of innovative partners. Think!EHR Platform’s open APIs allow other SMEs to quickly build state of the art solutions while vendor-neutral data models provide the benefits of open data to their customers."
The response to the first round of selection was remarkable, with 2662 proposals from the countries participating in Horizon 2020 (IP/14/876). Evaluation by independent experts showed that 317 of the proposals met the evaluation standard. Of those, 155, or 49%, have been selected for funding.
The selected SMEs are in a good position to succeed in the second phase of the programme, in which applicants can receive between €0.5 and 2.5 million to finance innovation activities such as demonstration, testing, piloting, scaling up, and miniaturisation. The beneficiaries will also develop their business plan.
See the full press release at: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-14-1015_en.htm
The SME instrument was launched under Horizon 2020, the EU's new €80 billion research funding programme, to help innovative small firms get innovative projects from the lab to the market. SMEs from EU Member States or countries associated to Horizon 2020 can apply.
Think!EHR Platform™ is a health data platform designed for real-time, transactional health data storage, query, retrieve and exchange based on vendor-neutral open data standards including openEHR (www.openehr.org)