European affairs - Aid for Access to European Programmes (AEP)

This aid will facilitate access of SMEs to RD&I programmes financed by the European Commission within the framework of Horizon 2020.


Aid granted to the company in the form of advisory and consultancy services to apply for a European programme, particularly for the PME Instrument Phase 1. 

These services are provided by a specialised consulting firm selected among the members of the Association of Consultants in Innovation (AIC) that have a dedicated partnership with Bpifrance for this purpose. 

The company reserves the right to choose its consultancy firm. 

Characteristics of the AEP services 

The services are delivered in two modules :

  • « Diagnostic flash » : quick diagnositics that direct the company towards a funding programme adapted to its needs and strategy. This module’s fees are fixed at 1000 Euros excluding tax. 
  • « Access Europe » : At the end of the diagnostic flash, these services can be retained at the request of the company but are subject to Bpifrance approval based on the consultancy firm’s recommendation within the framework of diagnostic flash. This consultancy primarily works to prepare the company’s application for PME Instrument Phase 1, but can also be used to deepen its European strategy to participate in other European programmes. The fee for this module is fixed at 4000 Euros excluding tax
Eligible expenses

The cost of the AEP is an aid granted by Bpifrance to the company. This service is reimbursed by Bpifrance to the beneficiary once the latter has paid the service provider.


Support Network Directorate / International Innovation 

Doriane Dumondelle AEP Implementation Manager  ,