SME Instrument: Close-to-market and scale-up projects of a single SME or a consortium of SMEs established in EU Member States or Horizon 2020 associated countries.
Fast Track to Innovation (FTI): Close-to-market projects of consortia with three to five entities from at least three different EU Member States or Horizon 2020 associated countries. Industry must participate. Interdisciplinary approaches encouraged.
EU Agency “EASME”
The EASME (Executive Agency for SMEs) has been set-up by the European Commission to manage on its behalf several EU programmes.
We provide high quality support to our beneficiaries, turning EU policy into action and we manage significant parts of COSME, LIFE, Horizon 2020 and EMFF. We ensure that actions funded by these programmes deliver results and provide the Commission with valuable input for its policy tasks.
The SME unit manages the H2020 SME Instrument, a 3-bn-euro programme supporting SMEs with the ambition and potential to engage in innovation-driven growth on the European and global market.
Catherine POURET is a Project Officer at EASME (Executive Agency for SMEs which has been set-up by the European Commission to manage on its behalf several EU programmes). She has worked for the EU for 13 +years and has been responsible in providing support and advice to innovative SMEs in Europe and their navigation through the different EU research and innovation programmes. Since May 2014, she has worked within the SME Instrument unit of EASME, where she is responsible for the topic "Engaging SMEs in security research and development". She is also responsible for managing the ethics issues and the Fast-Track to Innovation programme.