R&D programmes of the

European Commission

Each R&D programme of the European Commission has its own objectives and features, but they all have similar processes, mechanisms and criteria. To take part, it is necessary to form a consortium of at least three companies or organisations (except for the SME Instrument), and prepare an extensive and detailed project proposal and meet a series of technical, economic and formal requirements.

Horizon 2020

The most important of the three programmes, it is worth 80,000 million euros. Unlike its predecessor, the Seventh Framework Programme, H2020 emphasises the impact criterion, the combination of impacts and industrial applications, commercial or otherwise, derived from the discoveries made during the research.

Learn more about H2020 or visit the official website.

SME Instrument

Visit the official website.


This is the programme aimed at boosting competitiveness, especially of small and medium enterprises. With a budget of 2,300 million euros, its objective is to support SMEs and entrepreneurs to start operating, gain access to finance, begin internationalisation processes and, in general, everything that has to do with innovation.

Go to the official website.


This is the EU programme specifically aimed at protecting the environment. Its aim is to contribute to sustainable development and the achievement of goals and targets set out in the Europe 2020 strategy plan, by promoting innovative technologies to protect the environment and climate change. 

Go to the official website.


Eurostars is the programme to support R&D-intensive SMEs in the development of market-oriented transnational projects. Currently it includes the participation of 25 member states of EUREKA and the EU. It is estimated that projects will receive a total budget of over 2,000 million euros up to 2020.

Visit the official website.