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Improving noise reduction

The Silentwood project has developed sophisticated noise-reducing wall panels and doors. In addition to spurring growth and jobs in the doors/panels application sector, Silentwood will provide direct economic and health benefits to the EU.
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EuResist - Enhancing HIV treatment with more precise patient modeling

HIV is not curable but it is treatable, states Dr Francesca Incardona, CEO of EuResist Network GEIE and research area manager at Informa Srl, the SME responsible for coordinating the EuResist project.
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SILCO - Doing away with bacteria in water systems

The SILCO project has developed an innovative monitoring device that senses the elimination process of complex bacterial communities known as biofilm and unsafe bacteria from drinking water systems. The prototype successfully killed legionella bacteria at a natural source spa in Slovakia
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FIRELI - New hose equipment to increase safety of firemen

Every year, fires affect large areas of forest in Europe - mostly in the Mediterranean countries, where an average of around 500,000 hectares are destroyed annually. That is the equivalent of 50 times the land area of Paris. The economic cost is estimated at between €600 and €800 million per year.
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Smart irrigation technology set to reduce costs and save water

Due in large part to inefficient water irrigation systems, the agriculture industry wastes 60% of the water it uses each year, or 70% of the world's freshwater. WaterBee has developed a smart irrigation system to reduce this wastage, thereby saving money and increasing both crop quality and yield.
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NANORAY - A portable x-ray machine

X-ray technology has existed for more than 100 years, but in spite of repeated efforts no one has found a way of solving the problems involved in making X-ray machines portable. Now, thanks to an innovative European Union (EU) funded multinational research project, that breakthrough has at last been achieved.
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CleanHatch - New high-tech solution to clean fish hatcheries

Due to increased market pressure to produce high quality and low cost fish, the aquaculture industry has been forced to develop technologies that reduce the level of risk to investors yet maintain reliable production output.
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Let there be sight

Transplanting the human cornea (1) can enable a blind person to see. But it requires the perfect human donor match and there are no guarantees of success. A group of EU-funded SMEs and researchers, however, has developed an artificial cornea that offers failed transplant patients a potentially life-changing alternative.
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CORNET - ‘COllective Research NETworking’ is an ERA-NET in the field of Collective Research. Collective research programmes benefit all or most of the SMEs working in the same sector or branch of industry. Any intellectual property rights generated through the project are typically distributed throughout the firms in the target sector.

The CORNET Consortium consists of 21 partners managing research programmes involving 17 countries and regions. The coordination of the network is funded by a Seventh Framework Programme grant. Originally appearing in the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6), CORNET seeks to improve the efficiency of collective research policy and activities in Europe. It is aimed at reinforcing the European Research Area (ERA) by improving cooperation between national/regional ministries and government agencies and creating opportunities for establishing collective research sourcing national/regional funding that crosses national borders. The programmes involved in CORNET plan and execute joint Calls for Proposals and other joint activities.

Who can apply?

Eligible partners in the calls for proposals launched by Cornet are associations, federations, trade associations or other groups of enterprises with common objectives, typically subcontracting research work to relevant (collective) research centres and universities.

Which research topics are supported?

Calls have no thematic focus and associations, federations and trade associations in all industrial sectors who are interested in establishing trans-national consortia and submitting collective research proposals can apply.

How does it work?

The project consortium must be composed of eligible partners from countries or regions participating in CORNET. The dissemination activities are essential within the project and should be Europe wide, including information activities in English.

What does the funding cover?

Funding supports research and development carried out by specialised centers for SME associations on behalf of their members, to address their ‘pre-competitive needs’ within a specific business sector. The results are then disseminated for effective exploitation. An example of collective research could be used to improve health and safety standards or optimise the industrial process. As it is based on national/regional programmes, national funding rules apply. The coordinating activities of Cornet are supported by the EU funding.

How to apply

Please consult the CORNET website