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European programmes

The European Union’s research and innovation programmes

Because research in Europe today is a reality and offers highly significant funding possibilities, Elastopole guides its members, entities in the rubber and polymers sector in how to access European collaborative projects.


Several programmes are offered to companies and laboratories to support the funding of technological subjects with high value added.



  HORIZON 2020


  THE EUROPEAN UNION’S RESEARCH AND INNOVATION PROGRAMME


The Horizon 2020 programme is the successor to the seventh R&D Framework Programme as a funding instrument for research and innovation to respond to priorities for competitiveness within the European Union, i.e.

  1. Scientific excellence (infrastructures, emerging technologies),
  2. Industrial primacy (key generic and industrial technologies, access to high-risk funding, innovation in SMEs),
  3. The challenges for society (health, intelligent transport, food safety, social inclusion and security, climate change and the efficient management of resources and raw materials).


A portal intended for owners of future European projects (researchers, research professors, industrial companies, etc.) has collected together all the information relating to the research and innovation funding programme for the 2014-2020 period.


Accent on SMEs


H2020 will devote 15% of its total budget to funding participation by SMEs. SMEs can also receive European funding via the SME instrument and submit individual projects with no obligation to enter into partnerships.



The COST programme (European cooperation in science and technology) is an inter-governmental organisation which today brings together 36 member states, all of them European. It is a single instrument for revealing new ideas by networking researchers, from very fundamental scientists through to developers close to the market.



Eureka is an inter-governmental initiative for the purpose of promoting cooperation in R&D between European companies, associated case by case with research institutes. Eureka enables SMEs to obtain accreditation and access funding for their collaborative research, development and innovation (RDI) project.



The Eurostars programme was developed by Eureka and the European Commission. It is intended to provide support for SMEs with a high level of research and innovation (where more than 10% of turnover is invested in R&D), for projects with a minimum of two SMEs in two countries, for 24 to 36 months, with a budget of between 1.5 and 2.5 million euros.



COSME is an instrument specific to SMEs which aims to stimulate their ability to innovate. The R&D and innovation funding instrument for SMEs involved in innovation where the economic results will be significant at an economic level.



Other funding possibilities exist under ERDF (European Regional Development fund) structural funds implemented in the regions.

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