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MAKING A POSITIVE DIFFERENCE

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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EraSME

EraSME is a network of 18 national and regional research programmes supporting SMEs, currently supported under the Seventh Framework Programme. The initiative started under the Sixth Framework Programme. Although most national governments have set up national and regional schemes to encourage cooperation between SMEs and research organisations, the EraSME project was the first to take an integrated transnational approach and make cross-border SME-research cooperation possible. Even innovative SMEs with winning concepts frequently lack the equipment and ability to perform the necessary research in order to develop and test their ideas. In contrast, universities and other research bodies often have excellent resources and skills but lack the entrepreneurial expertise and business experience that resides within SMEs. EraSME offers an operational platform for programme owners and managers to exchange best practice, execute joint activities and launch joint calls for proposals. EraSME will therefore:

  • facilitate transnational partnerships between SMEs and research organisations
  • reduce programme administration costs by joint actions and shared expenses
  • enhance complementarity between programmes at regional, national and European level by creating a common framework for actions
  • create the conditions for sustained, long-term co-operation between programmes

Who can apply?

SME(s) wishing to engage in a transnational R&D project with Research Organisations (universities, research centres,) and established in one of the participating counties/regions. Specific conditions should be checked in the calls for proposals.

Which activities are supported?

EraSME is organizing joint calls for proposals in which project consortia may apply. Unless specified in the call for proposals, there is no thematic focus, meaning that projects can come out of any S&T field.
As EraSME is an ERA-NET its scope of activities is much broader that the funding of R&D in itself; The R&D programmes are working in the following key areas:

  • Facilitating transnational partnerships between national research programmes to support innovative ideas, giving SMEs the research competence needed for their initial ideas to lead to practical and commercially exploitable innovations.
  • Promoting joint actions to enable partnerships that will benefit Europe’s national and regional programmes in this field.
  • Creating a common transnational framework for action that will enhance complementarities between programmes at regional, national and European level.
  • Creating the conditions for sustained, long-term cooperation between national and regional programmes.

How does it work?

EraSME is based on the national and regional participating programmes and regularly proposes joint calls for proposals. Projects must be transnational, close-to-market and innovative. They must aim to develop new products, processes or services. Funded projects must be driven by SMEs, who must be able to demonstrate that they will be the main recipients or beneficiaries of the results from the project.

What does the funding cover?

Funding is available for the activities executed in the frame of the transnational R&D projects by the SMEs and their partners. However, as it is based on the national/regional programmes, national funding rules apply.
The coordinating activities of EraSME are supported by the EU funding This includes the exchange of best practice between participating programmes and organisations in key aspects of programme design and management, in order to raise programme efficiency and effectiveness.

How to apply

For further information visit: http://www.era-sme.net