News archive - A brand new programme: Horizon 2020 SME Innovation Associate – Funding PhD recruitment in SMEs

The European Union is taking first steps to help European SMEs and start-ups fund recruitment of the best talent for research and innovation from around the world.  The EU will fund the recruitment of post-doctoral research associates from other countries to explore an innovation business idea in the European SMEs and start-ups.

Innovation in SMEs is often hampered by a lack of access to specialised skills and knowledge. At the same time, many companies find it difficult to manage innovation processes effectively and struggle to recruit specialised knowledge as they don't tend to have extensive international Networks or the well-known brand names of large enterprises.

This is where the SME Associate programme comes in. By developing such enterprise-led mobility programme, the EU aims to increase access to talent for SMEs and start-ups by encouraging mobility.

The SMEs will receive an individual grant covering salary and related costs of employing a post-doctoral research associate, including full training costs. This could allow the company to employ the right talent from anywhere across the globe to conduct research for their innovation idea.

Source: H2020 SME Innovation Associate

Geographical focus
  • European Union (EU 28)
  • H2020
  • WBC
Scientifc field / Thematic focus
  • Cross-thematic/Interdisciplinary

Entry created by Anna Sirocco on March 17, 2016
Modified on March 17, 2016