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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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European Commission Seeking for International Business Innovation Experts for Project Evaluation

Under the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, Horizon 2020,  a new instrument will encourage for-profit Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) to put forward their most innovative ideas with an EU dimension that cannot find immediate financing on the market because of their high-risk character. The dedicated SME-exclusive instrument aims to  support close-to-market activities, with the intention to give a strong boost to breakthrough innovation. Highly innovative SMEs with a strong ambition to develop and important growth and internationalisation potential are the prime target.

For the assessment of the business innovation concepts and projects proposed by SMEs only, the European Commission is looking for expert evaluators with the following profile:

  • (retired) successful entrepreneurs and/or experts in innovation management who know how to go from idea to market.
  • highly experienced business individuals familiar with translating promising research and development into products, services or processes that are relevant for society and the international economy.
  • technology-savvy business insiders, who are at the cutting edge of developments in specific domains with high-value added for Europe's future.
  • competent innovation process managers with a sound sense of judgment on what can work and what will not work on the market.
  • senior managers able to steer corporate business processes, from design to marketing and sales.
  • business angels, venture capitalists and risk finance experts who recognise a good business opportunity when they see one.
  • global market watchers and innovation leaders with a soft spot for SMEs, and an ambition to give back to society.

If you believe, just like the EU, that high-growth and innovative SMEs are an important engine for economic recovery, growth and job creation in Europe, and if you recognise yourself in the profile outlined above, then take your chance now and become an expert evaluator of business innovation projects under the SME instrument, part of the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, Horizon 2020. Apply today via