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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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"SMEs in Horizon 2020": European Commission Information Days
ON OCTOBER 18 & NOVEMBER 25

These Information Days on SME participation to Horizon 2020 were specifically geared towards SME support organisations (governmental and non-governmental).


They:

  • Cover the latest on practical implementation of the different measures for SME support (incl. on the new SME instrument and on SMEs' access to risk finance)
  • Reveal more about the streamlined support environment that Horizon 2020 proposes
  • Offer the opportunity to enter into a dialogue with EU officials in order for participants to identify prime opportunities for SME support under Horizon 2020 and understand the modalities


The topics included:

  • The SME instrument
  • Collaborative Projects
  • Access to Risk Finance
  • Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
  • Eurostars (2014-2020)
  • Innovation in SMEs
  • The Participant Portal

These events took place in Brussels, Belgium, on Friday October 18 and Monday, November 25, from 9:30 am to 5pm.


The program of the October 18 event, and the presentations from the different speakers can be viewed/downloaded here.

The program of the November 25 event, and the presentations from the different speakers can be viewed/downloaded here.


You can also see a video-recording of all presentations on SME support under Horizon 2020 by opening this link.


Questions about this event can be directed to RTD-SME-EVENTS@ec.europa.eu.