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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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SME instrument phase 1: first applicants selected for funding

155 SMEs from 21 countries will each receive €50,000 to finance feasibility studies to develop their innovation strategy. The 155 selected SMEs can also benefit from up to three days of business coaching.

 

InnovFin SME Guarantee to facilitate access to finance for innovation-driven SMEs

The EU and the EIB Group have joined forces to improve access to debt finance for innovation-driven SMEs. InnovFin SME Guarantee will provide guarantees and counter-guarantees on debt financing of between €25,000 and €7.5 million.

 

HORIZON 2020

Horizon 2020, the EU's new programme for research and innovation is part of the drive to create new growth and jobs in Europe. Horizon 2020 will tackle societal challenges by helping to bridge the gap between research and the market by, for example, helping innovative enterprise to develop their technological breakthroughs into viable products with real commercial potential.

 


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SMEs participating in FP7 perform significantly better than comparable non-participating SMEs

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An interim evaluation of the participation of SMEs in FP7 reveals very positive impacts, both on the SMEs and on society.

 

The SME Instrument, Your Highway to Innovation

 

Discover what this new SME support tool under Horizon 2020 has on offer for you!

 

 

Small and medium-sized enterprises
Participation in FP7 projects
in the biotechnologies activity

 

A comprehensive and detailed overview of the very positive impact of the EU′s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) on SMEs in the biotech sector!