Welcome to our April 2015 podcast, podcast episode number 97!  This podcast is about the new Horizon 2020 pilot programme called Fast Track to Innovation (FTI).

The Fast Track to Innovation pilot is a fully-bottom-up measure in Horizon 2020 to promote close-to-the-market innovation activities, and open to all types of participants. Launched at the beginning of this year, you might have seen it cropping up on the internet and we though a podcast on the subject is long overdue.

Recently Jane Watkins, the UK National Contact Point for SME Instrument, Fast Track to Innovation and Access to Finance made a presentation about FTI at an event in Edinburgh and Ken spoke to her afterwards for you dear listeners.

If having listened to Jane you want to apply, you can contact her by email. Her email address is NCP-SME@innovateuk.gov.uk and we recommend you check out the official FTI website and the UK Horizon 2020 website,

On twitter for FTI news and events, follow @EU_H2020, @EEN_UK and of course us @eenscotland .

Finally here’s something brand new! If you are in Scotland and looking to do business in Europe, the new Scottish EU Funding Portal is designed to help companies access European funding.


Listening to this and not in Scotland? While that does not make you a bad person,  (visit Scotland!), we have good news, our network covers more than 50 countries!
We have valued colleagues in your country that will help you. Find your local office contact details on the list on this page or drop us an email or a comment on this page and we'll send you the details. It's good to connect up and they are all very helpful people.

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