The project #Blockchain4EU: Blockchain for Industrial Transformations, currently coordinated by the Joint Research Centre’s EU Policy Lab in cooperation with DG GROW, is fully supporting the exploration of the opportunities and challenges for the development and uptake of Blockchain and other Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLTs) within EU industrial and business contexts, with key focus on the innovation and competitiveness capacity of SMEs.

Within its scope, the European Commission has just published a new Call ‘Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies for SMEs’ (INNOSUP-03-2018) as part of Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2018-2020 on ‘Innovation in small and medium-sized enterprises’. Planned opening date: 1 February 2018. Deadline: 15 May 2018.

This initiative attests to the mounting attention given by the European Commission to the emerging possibilities of Blockchain and DLTs from the viewpoint of SMEs. The new call will include financial support to third parties to allow for 20-30 SMEs to test concrete applications of DLTs in their respective field with technology suppliers (budget for each third party not exceeding EUR 50,000). The selection of entities involved in the pilots, the matchmaking process, the monitoring of each case as well as the management of the financial support to third parties will be ensured by the coordinator of the winning proposal. At least 50% of the total proposed budget shall be allocated to financial support to third parties. The winning proposal will have a budget of up to EUR 1.5 million (as a CSA Coordination and support action).

For more information, please visit the EU Programmes 2014-2020 webpage for this call.

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