About Us

Horizon Consulting Network is a consultancy company providing exclusive advice, information and tools to Horizon 2020 and related EU Research and Innovation funding programmes applicants. In order to assist the applicants participate in Horizon 2020 and related EU Research and Innovation funding programmes we provide a complete range of services covering the participation strategy, partnerships creation and the actual participation. 


Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market.
By coupling research and innovation, Horizon 2020 is helping to achieve this with its emphasis on excellent science, industrial leadership and tackling societal challenges. The goal is to ensure Europe produces world-class science, removes barriers to innovation and makes it easier for the public and private sectors to work together in delivering innovation.

SME Instrument

The SME instrument has been designed specifically for single or groups of highly innovative SMEs with international ambitions, determined to turn strong, innovative business ideas into winners on the market. The instrument provides full-cycle business innovation support from the stage of business idea conception and planning (phase I) over business plan execution and demonstration (phase II) to commercialisation (phase III). 

Send us a brief description of your innovative idea and we will provide an initial free assessment of its potential to get funded as well as a plan for the proposal drafting and submission.

HORIZON 2020 Profile

Stand out from the crowd and build your free company profile using our online template. 

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Horizon 2020 Proposal

Plan your Horizon 2020 proposal using our free online template and use it to find suitable partners. 

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News: 02-02-2016

€250 million in risk capital...

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in seven countries in South-eastern Europe – Albania, Bosnia...

News: 26-01-2016

How much does it cost to...

EASME manages a number of intellectual property (IP) initiatives including IP Helpdesks for supporting...

News: 18-01-2016

SMEs can now hire a PhD...

SMEs can now hire a PhD associate to explore for one year the potential of their innovative idea and turn it into an innovation...

News: 12-01-2016

SME Instrument new cut-off dates

Please be aware that for the new programming period the European Commission has changed the cut-off dates for the SME Instrument Phase 1...

News: 16-11-2015

SME Instrument stage 1...

Italy(30), Spain(24) and United Kingdom(15) are again the countries providing almost half of all 141 SMEs...

News: 04-11-2015

139 MEUR Internet of Things...

The separate IoT Call of Horizon 2020 spans in 2016 and 2017 and has a budget of 139 MEUR. The call is...

News: 28-10-2015

44.2% increase in SME...

In 2016-2017 there will be 44.2% more financing for SMEs under the SME-Instrument, in the new Horizon2020...

News: 16-10-2015

Seal of Excellence for SME...

The European Commission has launched the long debated Seal of Excellence with the aim to provide a...

Research News

Making sense of science - JRC Ispra Open Day attracts...

This year's open day was celebrated in parallel with the Commission open day in Brussels, where thousands also visited the JRC stand.

Project News

Call for proposals for ERC Advanced Grant

Identifier: ERC-2016-ADG
Pillar: Excellent Science
Opening Date:
Deadline: Thu, 1 Sep 2016 17:00:00 (Brussels local time)

Improving SME's access to public procurement

Identifier: COS-APP-2016-2-05
Pillar: Improving access to markets
Opening Date:
Deadline: Thu, 28 Jul 2016 17:00:00 (Brussels local time)

Joint Action - General Product Safety Directive (GPSD)

Identifier: CONS-GPSD-2016
Pillar: Product safety (non food)
Opening Date:
Deadline: Tue, 5 Jul 2016 17:00:00 (Brussels local time)