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The SME Instrument impact report aims to highlight the first insights into the growth trends of selected SMEs, their profile as well as the key features of the programme that have made its unique selling points. With more than 31,000 applications received and more than 2,000 small companies funded, in only three years the SME Instrument has proven its appeal for the European innovation ecosystem. Read the summary under "Highlights" or the full report under "Report".

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From 1 January 2017 until 31 December 2020, Switzerland is fully associated to Horizon 2020 and research institutions, organisations and SMEs based in Switzerland are able to submit proposals to all Horizon 2020 calls, including the SME Instrument. Successful proposals will then be directly financed by the European Union.

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Euresearch’s approach to “Empower regional clusters and networks” to better support SME for European innovation opportunities, won the best practice category “Cooperation with local authorities and increase the Network’s impact”.

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The Enterprise Europe Network provides internationalisation and innovation support to European businesses thanks its 625 partner organisations located in the EU and more than 30 international markets, called Business Cooperation Centres. The performance of the Business Cooperation Centres of the Enterprise Europe Network in third countries in 2015 is summarized in the Report 2015.

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