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EU - FP7 Theme 4: Research for the benefit of SMEs


Initiator: European Commission

The aim is to strengthen the 'innovation capacity' of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Europe and their contribution to the development of new technology based products and markets. The programme will help them outsource research, increase their research efforts, extend their networks, better exploit research results and acquire technological know how, bridging the gap between research and innovation.

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Field of research:

Supporting SMEs outsourcing research activities

Sub-fields of research:

Research for SMEs - targeting mainly low to medium technology SMEs with little or no research capability, but also high-tech SMEs who need to outsource research to complement their core research capability.

Research for SME associations - targeting associations which act on behalf of their SME members to identify and address common technical problems and to promote the effective dissemination and take-up of results.

Field of research:

Developing and coordinating support to SMEs at national level

Sub-fields of research:

Financial support, based on \' Article 169 initiatives\';

inancial support to national schemes providing financial means (\'exploratory awards\') to SMEs or SME associations to prepare proposals

Field of research:

Support measures

Sub-fields of research:

\'Coordination and support actions\' will be awarded to projects favouring and increasing the impact of actions undertaken under \'Research for the benefit of SMEs\'

Studies will be undertaken at various stages of FP7 to analyse and assess the socio-economic impact on and needs of participants in \'Research for the benefit of SMEs\'

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