The Fast Track to Innovation (FTI) pilot programme provides funding to businesses for “close-to-market” innovation projects in any area of technology or application. The aim of the programme is to:
- reduce time from idea to market,
- stimulate the participation of first-time applicants (including SMEs) to apply for EU research funding, and
- increase private sector investment in research and innovation
The FTI Pilot will be implemented in 2015-2016 as a new initiative under Horizon 2020 and has a budget of €200 million.
Proposals can be submitted at any time with three cut-off dates in 2015: 29 April, 1 September and 1 December.
This funding opportunity could be an excellent opportunity for any of your members who are in the final stages of launching a product/service but need further financing to speed up the process
Should you have any questions about the programme, please see the attached document or visit http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/en/h2020-section/fast-track-innovation-pilot-2015-2016.