The SME Instrument

How to write a winning proposal

When? 24-25 September 2018  | Where? Brussels, Belgium

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We prepared at least 20 successful SME Instrument proposals since 2014: the best obtained 14,6 points out of 15!
See at least 2 full proposals’ examples right in front of you!
Know well the Work Programme 2018-2020 and discover the new “hidden” requirements of the SME Instrument.


You cannot join us in Brussels? No problem, we can deliver this course at your premises (in-house).


A unique opportunity for your SME to learn how to prepare successful proposals under Horizon 2020’s SME Instrument, both for Phase 1 and Phase 2: get to know in detail the Work Programme 2018-2020 and the “hidden” requirements of the SME Instrument!

Nevertheless, the key questions are the following:
What do you know in practice about the SME Instrument?
Have you already submitted a SMEi proposal and it failed? What have you learnt?
Will you submit a SMEi proposal for the first time? Is your business strategy strong enough?

The SME instrument is a Horizon 2020’s funding scheme with different cut-off dates for submission of applications. Any highly innovative startup or mature SME from EU countries and Associated countries from several sectors (ICT, Biotechnology, Eco-Innovation, Health, Energy, Social Innovation, Nanotechnology, Advanced Materials and Manufacturing, Food processing, Blue Growth, Transport, Space, etc.) can apply for this scheme.

Your major benefit of this 2-day intensive training? The answer is simple…
An opportunity to see examples of written winning proposals right in front of your eyes, assimilate practical tips on how to prepare an excellent innovative proposal, and learn from non-published secrets of how evaluators/investors judge both Phase 1 and Phase 2 proposals.
A unique chance to benefit from consultancy and first hand experience to be shared by daily proposal writers, reviewers and project managers.

Bring your innovative project ideas and discuss them with our experts !


Ms. Daniela Gomes
CEO at Octopux Consulting


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895 € (VAT applicable for exceptional cases)


  • Training material (both printed and digital versions)
  • Refreshments and coffee breaks
  • Lunch at the venue
  • Certificate of training


  • Professionals from SMEs, micro enterprises, disruptive start-ups, business support organisations, innovation agencies, chambers of commerce, entrepreneurship associations,  etc.
  • Professionals from the business sector who intend to submit SME Instrument proposals for the first time
  • Professionals from the business sector who intend to re-submit SME Instrument proposals
  • Professionals from the business sector who would like to improve their business writing skills 

Full details will be sent after your registration.


  • “Lots of information, clear examples and lots of good practices.”

    Teija Mikkola Rovaniemen Regional Development Agency, Finland
  • “The training was very well organised, assuming a lot of hard work in preparing the presentation materials which were shared with us. You have highly outstanding communication skills!”

    Dan Costachescu Quartz Matrix SRL, Romania
  • “Very interesting and productive course. Thank you!”

    Audrius Dzikevicius D.Z. Capital, Lithuania
  • “I really enjoyed the course, learned a lot and will definitely recommend it to other people.”

    Sebastian Fritsch Green Spin UG, Germany
  • “I had an excellent customer experience. The training was designed and delivered in the most effective way and Daniela is a great trainer. Her expertise and enthusiasm were well transmitted to all participants. I will definitely attend more trainings conducted by Octopux in the future. Keep up the good job!”

    Anta Tsaira Freelance Consultant, Greece
  • “Thank you Daniela for a hands-on-approach and practical training at our premises in Cyprus. We are sure we will collaborate with you very soon in preparing EU proposals.”

    Celia Hadjichristodoulou GrantXpert Consulting, Cyprus
  • “Thanks Daniela and the full Octopux team! I had the opportunity to join this training session, brilliantly organised and conducted through a orderly grid of interesting contents. Let’s wait for a further initiative!”

    Mària S. Moreno Barcelona Digital Technology Centre, Spain
  • “A good course, and I learnt a lot! I have recommended you to a colleague in an associated organisation.”

    Andrew Spink Noldus Information Technology NV, The Netherlands
  • “As a SME, it is a tough job to see and understand the possibilities that Horizon 2020 and the SME Instrument can offer. This training course conducted by Octopux offered me a condensed insight in all opportunities! I enjoyed the company, the class and the catering. Thank you.”

    Koen Beyers Voxdale, Belgium
  • “Thank you Octopux, thank you Daniela for this wonderful training!”

    Ene Kull Enterprise Estonia, Estonia
  • «I am very glad that I attended this training course. It exceeded my expectations. It was highly informative, valuable and it was presented on an effective and excellent way. Now I can walk out the door and benefit from it. Daniela Gomes is an excellent trainer and I would like to thank her and her team for this great training.»

    Katherina Ulrich BalticNet-PlasmaTec e.V., Germany
  • “Useful, practical and interesting course!”

    Elisa Ulazzi Med Ingegneria srl, Italy
  • “I recommend the attendance of this course conducted by Octopux for the interest of SMEs. The information goes straight to the point and it is developed in a fun and untestable way. Therefore, it is a must for any SME who wants to be introduced into this field.”

    Josep Marìa Lopez EDMA Innova S.L., Spain



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