Scheme at a glance

  • The purpose of the scheme is to encourage Scottish small to medium sized companies to engage more effectively with European Funding, under Horizon 2020.
  • Academics or European officers within Scottish universities can offer expertise and experience to advise and facilitate appropriate consortium building and support towards full Horizon 2020 application for the company.
  • The company contributes an equal value in cash or in kind (such as staff time, materials or equipment) or a combination of both.
  • The award will be paid to the university on submission of a completed final report and university costs will be reimbursed by the Scottish Funding Council.
  • All SMEs with main business operations in Scotland are eligible to partner with a Scottish university under the Horizon 2020 SME Engagement scheme.

Stages of application

  1. SME (interested in applying for Horizon 2020 bid closing in 6 months from now) and academic partner meet to discuss opportunities and support via this scheme.
  2. SME and academic partner fill out the application form and sends to Interface.
  3. Interface reviews and may ask for further information before sending to the Scottish Funding Council.
  4. Scottish Funding Council assesses the application and communicates a decision.
  5. Collaborative project between academic partner and business commences and a final report is produced on completion.
  6. On receipt of the final report the Scottish Funding Council makes payment to the academic partner.



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