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.
  • 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 a few months from now) and academic partner meet to discuss opportunities and support via this scheme. Need to discuss collaborative idea/scope/eligibility/risk etc.
  2. SME and academic partner review FAQs and establish the project scope and milestones which determine the overall costings for the project.
  3. SME and academic partner complete application form and send to
  4. Due diligence by Interface which may seek further clarification prior to submission to Scottish Funding Council.
  5. Scottish Funding Council assesses the application and communicates a decision by email to the academic partner.
  6. Final report is produced on completion of the close out meeting and submitted to
  7. On receipt of the final report the Scottish Funding Council makes payment to the academic partner.

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