The accepted applicants for EDI open calls are start-ups in the form of SMEs or group of individuals (that is, a start-up may be legally incorporated or not):
SME: Individual projects (1 SME) of an SME/start-up legally established in an eligible country as described below.
Group of individuals: When there is not a constituted SME, the applicants could be a group between 2 to 4 individuals legally established in an eligible country (as described below) and with a written commitment to have set up a legally registered SME if reaching “Experiment” phase.
A SME will be considered as such if accomplishing with the Commission Recommendation 2003/361/EC and the SME user guide. As a summary, the criteria which define a SME are:
Headcount in Annual Work Unit (AWU) less than 250.
Annual turnover less or equal to €50 million or annual balance sheet total, less or equal to €43 million.
▪ The Member States (MS) of the European Union (EU), including their outermost regions;
▪ The Overseas Countries and Territories (OCT) linked to the Member States
▪ H2020 Associated countries: according to the updated list published by the EC at