Is the SME instrument right for you?

SME instrument funding targets high growth, highly innovative SMEs with global ambitions. You should be driven, actively investing in innovation and looking to grow internationally.  

Company checklist

  • Are you based in Scotland?

  • Do you meet the EC definition of an SME? Find out here SME definition 

  • Has your company or management team previously successfully commercialised a product?

Project checklist

  • What problem will this project solve?  

  • Explain how the project is highly innovative.  What is the innovation above current state of the art? Does it have the potential to disrupt existing markets in your sector?

  • Describe what contact you have had with customers and end-users

  • Is the project at Technology Readiness Level 6 (technology demonstrated in a relevant environment)?

  • Is the management team all on board with the project?

  • Do you have the necessary IP protection for the project, or a clear IP strategy in place?

  • Are you looking to fund the project over the next 1-2 years?

  • What is the anticipated project cost level?

  • Where will the match funding come from?

  • Does the project fit under one of the current open calls?

If you can answer YES to all of the above, we'd love to talk to you. Contact  to find out how we can help you.

If you do qualify for support, our services are free to Scottish companies.  We will, however, need your agreement to share your final proposal and the Evaluation Summary Report upon receipt from the EC.  You will also be required to sign a document confirming the support provided to you by Enterprise Europe Network Scotland team.

Any support we provide, including tools/templates and resources, must not be shared to any third parties and must remain strictly confidential.