The specific objective to participate in an EU funded programme is to stimulate sustainable economic growth by increasing the level of innovation in SMEs, covering their different needs over the whole innovation cycle for all types of innovation, and thereby creating faster growing, internationally active SMEs.
Research and innovation activities are carried out as collaborative projects by consortia with partners from different countries. The aim of the measures is the development of knowledge, new technologies, processes, products and services, see Industrial Leadership und Societal Challenges.
In addition, SMEs are directly supported by the EIC Accelerator programme. It addresses companies which need financing (non-dilutive) to speed the process to bring a new innovative product to the market. The programme is bottom-up and there are no guidelines regarding the topics.
SERI supports Swiss SMEs (participants and coordinators) for grant preparation with a flat rate amount of CHF 8000.- for each of the following tasks. The proposal must have been evaluated by the EC prior to the application for this money.
SME supporting contribution (KMU-Einstiegsbeitrag)
SERI supports Swiss SMEs which apply for the first time for an EU proposal (KMU-Einstiegsbeitrag) based on a Call for Proposal from EU in Horizon 2020.
SME support for project coordinators (Vorbereitungsbeitrag für die Projektkoordination)
SERI supports SMEs which intend to take over the administrative coordination of a project in Horizon 2020, In addition to its own activity in research and innovation. The proposal has to reach or exceed the defined thresholds.
SME registration and definition
In order to apply for and to participate in an EU project, Swiss SMEs need to be registered (PIC-number, Participant Identification Code). You may check easily if your organisation is already registered.
Please find more information about SME definition on this website in section “Is my company an SME?”
In a nutshell, EC defines SMEs as follows:
To count as an SME, your organisation must be engaged in an economic activity and must have:
fewer than 250 employees and
an annual turnover of no more than €50 million and/or an annual balance sheet of no more than €43 million.
Please note: Whether you count as an SME may depend on how you count your workforce, turnover or balance sheet (see links below). Please note that you must take account of any relationships you have with other enterprises (autonomous, partner, linked). Depending on the category in which your enterprise fits you may then need to add some, or all of the data. For more details: Recommendation 2003/361/EC.
The Eurostars programme is a joint programme of EUREKA and the European Commission and the first European funding and support programme specifically aimed at SMEs. Eurostars encourages SMEs to manage international collaboration and innovation projects by providing simplified access to support and funding. The financing is handled by Innosuisse, cf. Innosuisse: Eurostars
Project Funding by Innosuisse (National Funding Programme)
Innosuisse is the Swiss Agency for Innovation Promotion. It offers start-up coaching and training and promotes science-based innovation projects between companies and research partners.
Enterprise Europe Network
The Enterprise Europe Network, EEN, helps innovative companies and researchers to find partners for business and projects.
Online database – Offers and requests from European enterprizes and research institutions
Upon registration you will receive actual information about innovative offers and requests by email.
Joint Innovation Support for Companies and Start-Ups in the Basel Area
Euresearch Basel and the University of Basel are part of the "Platform Research and Innovation to support SMEs and Start-Ups in the Basel Area". Stakeholders in this platform work closely together in order to serve SMEs and Start-Ups best. The flyer can be downloaded here and informs about the provided services.