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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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09 December 2009
CORNET/Era SME Partnering Event
20th January 2010, Maastricht, Netherlands

SMEs, associations, professional federations, clusters, trade organisations and research performing organisations are invited to take part in this partnering event for those interested in submitting a project proposal for the 9th CORNET or 7th EraSME call. The event offers an ideal networking opportunity and the chance to gather more information on both schemes.
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09 December 2009
CORNET Project Partnering Event
14 January 2010, Gyor, Hungary

The National Office for Research and Technology in Hungary has organised a CORNET proposal building and partnering event to target collective research projects. Participants - associations, federations, research organisations, small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), clusters and trade organisations - will have the opportunity to present and discuss project ideas with potential partners. Participation is free of charge but those interested must register before 31 December 2009. Organisations are invited from the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Austria and Slovenia - other countries are also welcome.
More information :
http://www.cornet-era.net
http://www.nkth.gov.hu/english/cornet/cornet-project-partnering
To register, please contact Virág Vántora

07 December 2009
The call on Research for SMEs (Call FP7-SME-2010-1) closed on the 3rd of December at 17h00.

669 proposals were submitted which is similar to the previous call. For details on coordinators per country please see the table below. Further information will be available on the SME Update newsletter ( issue 7) due to be on-line on the 15th of December.

COORDINATOR'S ORIGIN IN SUBMITTTED PROPOSALS
 
Country
Total
MEMBER STATES
Spain
156
23%
United Kingdom
106
16%
Italy
79
12%
Germany
68
10%
Greece
30
4%
Austria
23
3%
France
21
3%
Denmark
16
2%
Ireland
15
2%
Netherlands
14
2%
Sweden
11
2%
Hungary
9
1%
Belgium
8
1%
Poland
8
1%
Portugal
8
1%
Estonia
7
1%
Finland
7
1%
Slovenia
6
1%
Cyprus
5
1%
Malta
5
1%
Latvia
2
0%
Slovakia
2
0%
Czech Republic
1
0%
Romania
1
0%
608
91%
ASSOCIATED
 COUNTRIES
Norway
33
5%
Switzerland
9
1%
Iceland
4
1%
Israel
4
1%
Serbia
4
1%
Croatia
3
0%
Turkey
3
0%
60
9%
OTHER
 COUNTRIES
Former Yugoslav
Republic of Macedonia
1
0%
Grand Total
669
100%

 

30 November 2009
Commission launches consultation on EU 2020: a new strategy to make the EU a smarter, greener social market

The Commission issued a public consultation document on giving the EU economy a brighter future through the EU 2020 Strategy. EU 2020 aims to deliver greener and socially inclusive growth, as outlined by President Barroso in his Political Guidelines. The new Strategy will build on the achievements of the Lisbon Strategy, while learning its lessons. The consultation paper sets out a vision for how EU 2020 will focus on entrenching recovery from the crisis, helping to prevent a similar one in future and on three thematic objectives: creating value through knowledge; empowering people in inclusive societies; and creating a competitive, connected and greener economy. The deadline for responses to the consultation is 15 January 2010. The new Commission will then make a detailed proposal to the Spring European Council.

To view the consultation document and send your comments

27 October 2009
Have your say on EU financial rules open until 18 December 2009

As part of its second revision of the financial rules for EU-funded programmes, the European Commission has launched a public consultation inviting beneficiaries and managers of public funds to send in their views on how to make the rules for grants and contracts more effective for everyone. The open consultation is an opportunity for all interested parties to share their practical experience so the Commission can, among other things, improve access to grants and simplify its own handling of financial files. This is especially important as the EU begins to prepare the ground for a new generation of programmes in 2014.

Public consultation

24 September 2009
Public consultation on Community innovation policy - have your say

This public consultation seeks to follow up the findings of the referred Communication and two previous consultations, one on the effectiveness of innovation support in Europe and one on design as driver of user-centred innovation. It will explore new ways to address challenges for a better European innovation policy and collect information for the impact assessment report on the innovation plan. To this purpose, a list of questions has been prepared.

Questions will be asked for your opinion including the following:

  • What are the most important remaining obstacles for the EU to unleash its full creative and innovative potential, in particular through innovative SMEs?
  • What could the EU do to provide adequate access to finance to SMEs and entrepreneurs?
  • How could the Community funding programmes for innovation, including FP7, CIP and Structural Funds, be simplified and streamlined?

All interested stakeholders are invited to submit comments by Monday 16 November 2009.

Public consultation

 

03 August 2009
New call under Research for the benefit of SMEs scheme published.

• Call identifier: FP7-SME-2010-1
• Date of publication: 30th July 2009
• Deadline: 3rd December 2009, at 17.00.00 h (Brussels local time)
• Indicative budget: EUR 136.84 million
• Topics: the call is open to all research fields

Call for Proposal

 

22 June 2009
Conference : "From the European Charter for Small Enterprises
to the Small Business Act"
5-6 October in InfraCity near Stockholm

The conference is co-organised together with the Swedish Presidency.

The Charter conferences offer a forum to discuss good practices in SME policy with some 300-350 policy makers and business organisations from more than 40 countries. This year, successful measures of the Member States will be presented from the following policy areas:

  • Reducing late payments and incentives for reinvesting profits
  • Fostering energy efficiency in SMEs
  • Fostering creativity in entrepreneurship
  • Fostering Women’s entrepreneurship
  • Easier bankruptcy procedures and business transfers
  • Easier access to public procurement

During the Gala Diner of the Conference on 5 October, the European Network of Female Entrepreneurship Ambassadors will be inaugurated.

Registration and Conference Programme


 

03 June 2009
Over 6000 SMEs receive funding from 7th Framework
Programme for Research in the first two years

The European Commission Directorate General for Research will soon publish new figures about the participation of Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) in the Cooperation Programme of the 7th Framework Programme for Research (FP7). In the first two years of FP7 they have already participated more than 6000 times. SMEs from all over Europe have been selected to receive funding. They have reached a funding rate of 12.3 % of all participants and have so far received more than €1 billion a figure which will continue to rise.

Read the full News Alert

 

06 April 2009
Research connection 2009 conference in Prague on 7 and 8 May
EU supports innovation for employment

The European Union is providing a boost to the competitiveness of enterprises by facilitating the transfer of knowledge from academic research to businesses, thereby encouraging innovation. This was one of the aims of the conference "Research Connection 2009" in Prague on 7 and 8 May 2009 where entrepreneurs met with scientists from all over Europe. The conference focused on the theme "Networking our way to a research future".

The potential partners learned how to apply for support from the Structural Funds and information sessions were organized to provide the participants of the conference with concrete information on how to participate successfully in the 7th Framework Programme for Research (which will invest 54 billion between 2007 and 2013). Especially interesting for the participants of New Member States were sessions moderated by experienced coordinators from New Member States. They providde tips and hints on participation in and management of proposals, based on practical experience.

Owners of Small and Medium Enterprises were especially welcome to the conference. The Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Program (CIP, financed with 3,6 billion ? from 2007 - 2013) encourages them to become globally competitive. Entrepreneurs learned how to get support and find partners to develop the information society or increase the use of renewable energies and use it more efficiently.

More information and contact:
European Commission Directorate-General for Research, Communication Unit
Tel +32.2.295 99 71
Fax +32.2.295 82 20
E-mail: rtd-2009@ec.europa.e

09 March 2009
Research investments key to European economy growth, ministers say

Higher, more effective and efficient investments in education, research and innovation are a key factor for the sustainable long-term growth of a competitive European economy and should remain a high priority, also in the context of the current global economic downturn,' reads one of the recommendations adopted by EU research ministers at the Competitiveness Council meeting in Brussels, Belgium on 5 and 6 March.

Link to the article

03 March 2009
Survey on the impact of SME-specific Measures under FP5 and FP6

IDEA Consult has been commissioned by DG Research of the European Commission to evaluate the impact of the SME-specific measures of the Fifth and Sixth Framework Programme, i.e. the CRAFT (FP5) or Cooperative Research Programme (FP6) and the Collective Research Programme (FP6).
Over the next few days a selection of organizations, having participated in the development of a project proposal under these measures, will receive an e-mail invitation to participate in a web-based survey. By answering the survey questions, your opinion will contribute to the design of future EC funding initiatives for the benefit of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and to help increase the effectiveness of such European support.
We would greatly appreciate your input to the survey. Please be assured that your answers will be treated as strictly confidential and will be processed anonymously.
We thank you very much in advance for taking the time and effort to cooperate in this survey.

02 March 2009
Commission cuts red tape for micro-enterprises

The European Commission plans to ditch accounting requirements for the EU's smallest companies in an effort to ease the administrative burden and save each business up to €1,200 per year, or a total of €6.3 billion. Member states will be allowed to completely abolish financial reporting obligations for micro-enterprises as part of the European Economic Recovery Plan, which was originally unveiled in November 2008.

Link to the article

13 February 2009
EIB rolls out SME funding scheme

The European Investment Bank (EIB) is ramping up its support for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) by making up to €30 billion available over the next three years and providing technical assistance to microfinance institutions. Banks can also use the funds for "intangible" investments in research, distribution and patents.


Link to the article

12 February 2009
Sustainable energy challenge spurs SME interest

Europe's environmental SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) are doing their bit to develop sustainable energy technologies, as CORDIS News learnt at a session devoted to SME research at the EU Sustainable Energy Week on 11 February.

Kicking off the session, Bernd Reichert, Head of the Research and SMEs unit at the European Commission's Research Directorate-General, noted that his department was seeing increasing numbers of projects in the energy field.


Link to the article

7th Joint CORNET call for Transnational Collective Research Project Proposals now open!

See link for details

The 5th call for trans-national projects of the EraSME partnership is open!

See link for details