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Micro Grants


What we offer

Micro Grants – Essentials

  • Scope: Micro Grants are offered for cross-border cooperation projects between small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and minimum 2 KET technology centres (KET TCs), which aim to integrate key enabling technologies (KET) to solve clean production challenges.
  • Call opening: 1st June 2018
  • Call closing: 29th April 2020, 17:00 CET
  • Cut-off dates: 8 cut-off days at 17:00 CET on 31st July 2018, 31st October 2018, 31st January 2019, 30th April 2019, 31st July 2019, 31st October 2019, 31st January 2020, 30th April 2020
  • Expected duration of a micro grant project: up to 6 months
  • Total EU funding available for third parties: EUR 2.000.000
  • Maximum amount of financial support for each third party: EUR 50.000 (provided as lump sum). A micro grant covers 70% of the total project costs. The remaining 30% have to be provided by the applicant SME.

The main eligibility criteria and procedures for micro grants are listed below. For more detailed information check the Guide for Applicants.


Eligibility Criterias

  • The applicants must be an SME, compliant to the EU definition:
    • less than 250 employees
    • generates no more than EUR 50 million in annual turnover or EUR 43 million in total assets.
  • The SME must be located in one of the EU member states or H2020 associated countries.
  • The applicant SME must be a single company, not a consortium.
  • The SME must explicitly select 2 (two) KET TCs that are registered
  • At least one of the KET TCs within a micro grant proposal must be located in another member state than the applicant SME.
  • Co-financing of 30% must be ensured by the applicant SME (Declaration of Honour).

General Conditions

The applicant SME must be active in the manufacturing sector.


Procedure of the open call for micro grants

The application procedure consists of the following 5 steps:

1. Registration on the web platform

Interested SME is invited to register on the web platform of the KET4CP project (www.ket4sme.eu) to be able to submit a technology request or a micro grant proposal. After registration, you will gain access to internal community space and establish interactive communication with other registered users, such as KET TCs and European Enterprise Network (EEN) partners. The KET TCs and EEN are also invited to the platform to present their services and look for partnership with SMEs, or act as brokers in linking SMEs with KET TC partners.

2. Submission of a technology request

To team up with a right KET TC and to get a support to your challenge interested SME can submit a technology request (TR). Following the TR submission, you will receive a short list of expression of interest (EoI) listing KET TCs with a proposed solution. The SME is in charge of choosing its preferred offered solution from the short list and inform the project coordinator about its decision. The coordinator will the main contact person at KET TC (KET TC facilitator volunteer), who will contact an interested SME directly to prepare the micro grant proposal.

Documents to download

3. Development and Submission of the micro grant proposal

To submit an application for a Micro Grant an interested SME needs to team up with two KET TCs and develop a proposal. The KET TC facilitator volunteer will support an interested SME in writing the micro grant proposal (MGP). The KET TC facilitator volunteer and the SME will decide on the possible concept for the proposal including at least one additional KET TC. The template and requested documents to submit for MGP are listed in the Guide for Applicants and are accessible via this webpage after registration.

The developed MGP can be submitted at any time as long as the call is open. Cut-off dates serve as deadlines for evaluations. Only proposals submitted in time will be accepted for a respective cut off. Late proposals can only be considered in the next cut-off date.

Interested SMEs are only allowed to submit one MGP per cut-off date. Upon submission of a micro grant proposal the applicant SME will receive an email acknowledging the successful submission. No guarantee is given at any of these steps that a MGP will be granted.

Documents to download (available only after registration)

4. Evaluation and Feedback of the micro grant proposal

After each cut-off date the proposals are being evaluated. The evaluation of each of the MGP is done through an external evaluation board, meaning each MGP will be assessed by three designated independent experts (under highest level of confidentiality and excluding conflict of interests). The decision will be based on a qualifying score (12 of 15). The evaluation principles, criteria and the scoring scale used are aligned with the Horizon2020 programme and are tailored to the objective of the KET4CP micro grants.

Approximately one month after a cut-off date the applicant SME will receive a notification stating the outcome of the evaluation, including a short evaluation summary of micro grant proposal. If the evaluation for a micro grant is successful, the applicant SME will receive an invitation to negotiate a mono-beneficiary grant agreement (GA) with the coordinator of the KET4CP project.

5. Implementation and follow-up on the micro grant project

When an interested SME jointly with KET TCs receives a micro grant an implementation phase begins. This happens after the signing of the mono-beneficiary grant agreement. The duration of the project is maximum 6 months.

Once the micro grant project implementation is completed the applicant SME has to submit a micro grant implementation report with assistance from the KET-TCs.

In the follow-up of the micro grant project, SME agrees to be re-contacted by the consortium for dissemination and communication activities, for example such as to provide a success story, video, or testimonial ...). The SME is also requested to show commitment to be interviewed, for example within the KET4CP Project.

Documents to download (available only after registration)


Frequently Asked Questions



Check the FAQ section on the KET4Clean Production web platform. It highlights the most frequently asked questions from SMEs. You can also contact the project coordinator by e-mail via info@ket4sme.eu.



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