The innovation voucher is intended for SMEs engaged in well-established business (the company has a turnover from at least one fiscal year which has ended), wishing to launch innovation activities. Innovation activities refer to all measures employed by the company to develop its products, services or processes, or to acquire new knowledge and competencies required in innovation activities.
You can use the innovation vouchers to purchase new knowledge and skills for your business. You may use them for purchasing expert services related to innovation activities, for instance, from companies providing innovation services, universities, universities of applied sciences and research organisations. Innovation activities refer to all measures employed by the company to develop its products, services or processes, or to acquire new knowledge and competencies required in innovation activities
Unlike some other EU programmes, for example structural funds, Horizon 2020 is managed by the Commission and its agencies in Brussels. This means that the proposals are sent directly to Brussels, and the funding decisions are made there.
The projects are international: the consortium consists of a minimum of three separate organisations from three different member states. However, in some funding schemes (the SME instrument) one participant is enough.
The participation of SMEs is highly encouraged throughout the programme, and in particular in close-to-market actions. SMEs can participate in collaborative projects in a consortium or apply for funding through the dedicated SME instrument.
The Calls for Proposals, budgets and timetables are listed in the Work Programme. Potential applicants can also contact the relevant National Contact Point for more information and advice on how to participate.