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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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16 September 2011
The European Industrial Doctorates - first call for proposals

First call for proposals for The European Industrial Doctorates was launched in July 2011.

The scheme promotes cooperation between universities and businesses and should increase mobility between the two sectors. The aim is to facilitate the exploitation of the research results from universities and research institutes. It will make research affordable to companies, including SMEs.

Early-stage researchers will be able to gain company experience while still completing their studies; thereby opening future career perspectives upon completion of their PhD.

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16 June 2011
SME participation in FP7 – Report Spring 2011

This "Spring 2011" report analyses the situsation of the FP7 Grant Agreements signed as of 1 April 2011.

Focusing on the SME participation in the Thematic Priorities, 1.779,7 M€, or 14,4% of the Cooperation budget, is going to SMEs.

As a specific feature, this report provides a more detailed analysis of the SME support by some of the Joint Technology Initiatives (JTIs). Overall, 21% of the EU contribution to the JTIs goes to SMEs.

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8 April 2011
The Commission communication on the mid-term evaluation of the Eurostars programme adopted today

This Commission communication, adopted today, represents the Commission's response to the Interim Evaluation of the Eurostars Joint Programme, as carried out by a Group of Independent Experts between July and December 2010 chaired by Anne Laperrouze, former Member of the European Parliament and Vice-Chair of the ITRE Committee. Eurostars is a partnership between the European Union with 27 Member States and 6 countries associated with the European Framework Programme for R&D. Read more


9 February 2011
Green Paper consultation on the future of EU research and innovation funding

"We want as many contributions as possible from as wide a range of stakeholders as possible. Each and every one will be taken into account."

Take part in the consultation!
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2 February 2011
"Innovation" – a brand new TV and internet magazine that puts the spotlight on EC projects. SME projects "Firerob" boldly goes where no man can.