Seven Portuguese companies in the European Innovation Champions League

Seven Portuguese companies have had their applications approved in the latest round of the SME Instrument Phase 1, in which the success rate of national participants doubled the European average. The number of companies with approved projects therefore rises to 34, consolidating Portuguese success in the Horizon 2020 program, which supports the internationalization of SMEs.

National participation in this extremely competitive instrument had a success rate of 17.5%, against an European average of 8.4%.  Only Sweden and Denmark managed to have more approved projects and a higher success rate than Portugal, while the main participant in this program, Italy, had a success rate of only 5%. These results consolidate an upward success trend in Phase 1 of the SME Instrument, while this is the 4th consecutive cut-off in which the Portuguese contribution exceeds the European average.

With these seven new projects, the number of Portuguese SMEs with approved projects at SME Instrument Phase 1 is now 34.:




73100 Lda Bioeconomy FUCOPOL – An innovative bio-based platform for the cost-competitive production of L-Fucose, a building block for Human Milk Oligosaccharides.
BioMimetx Sea BMX-11 – Providing Antifouling Additives for Marine Paints Inspired by Nature and Engineered for Industries.
Logistema Transport LOOP – Disrupting Logistics in Smart Cities and Regions through an Advanced Logistics Platform.
Magnomics Bioeconomy MAGTEST – Simple and specific next generation lab-on-a-chip in-vitro molecular diagnostic device.
Mobiag Transport MobiCS – Disrupting the Car-Sharing Market in Smart Cities through a Unified Cross-Border Platform.
Sensefinity ICTs sSM – Sensefinity Social Machines.
VisionSpace Safety SEcTRAP – Critical urban infrastructure and soft target cyber attack protection. Users and application Behavioural
Analysis supported by artificial intelligence to preempt security cyber attacks.


2016 is bringing great news for domestic companies applying for the Horizon 2020 program. In recent weeks, through the Fast Track to Innovation and SME Instrument Phase 2 programs, FastInov and UBQ II obtained over 2 million euros of EU funding for the development of their innovation projects.

The ANI (National Innovation Agency) has been acting as GPPQ’s main partner for domestic companies applying to Horizon 2020, comprising 146 SMEs and 139 large companies.

The list of Portuguese projects funded under the SME Instrument is available here.


    • Dinheiro Vivo, July 7, 2016 – Read the article here