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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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17 December 2012
New approach to SME support in Horizon 2020: implementation challenges & practices

Horizon 2020 takes a new approach to stimulating and supporting research and innovation in SMEs. The dedicated SME instrument puts small companies in the driving seat of European innovation projects, which shall be conducive...
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11 December 2012
European Commission welcomes historic agreement on the European unitary patent package

A one-stop shop for obtaining a patent having immediate effect in most parts of the EU's territory, combined with a single specialised patent court ensuring the highest review standards will be created.
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21 November 2012
'Research for the benefit of SMEs': Supporting innovative SMEs

A new call for proposals totalling EUR 252 million with four activities under the 2013 FP7 Capacities Work Programme (WP) 'Research for the benefit of SMEs' was published on 10 July and has a submission deadline of 15 November 2012.
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9 July 2012
Workshop "New Approach to SME support in Horizon 2020: implementation challenges and good practices"

Brussels, 23 April 2012, Summary Report

14 June 2012
Ireland winning equivalent of €1.5 million in EU research funding per week

President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins presented "Outstanding achievement awards" to companies and academic researchers who have reached the pinnacle of European research at ‘Ireland’s Champions of EU Research’.
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13 June 2012
Publication of the orientation paper prepared in connection with the FP7 2013 Work Programme for Research for the benefit of SMEs

This paper is made public on the Participant Portal at an early stage in the adoption process of the work programme to provide potential applicants with the currently expected main lines of the 2013 work programme. It is a working document not yet endorsed by the Commission and its content does not in any way prejudge the subsequent modifications by the Commission, nor the final decision of the Commission.


1 February 2012
SME Participation in FP7 (2007-2011): EU research funding reaches 15% target for SMEs

The latest progress report by the Commission's DG Research & Innovation reveals that the budget target of 15% for funding to Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) within the Seventh Research Framework Programme (FP7) has been reached.

This 15% goal had been set by the Parliament and Council when establishing FP7. Its implementation across the Themes of the Cooperation Programme of FP7 (2007-2013) is regularly monitored by DG Research & Innovation in the form of "SME Progress Reports in FP7". The eighth report, which has just been released, shows that during the first five years of FP7, the budget granted so far to SMEs in the Thematic priorities represents 15.3% of the Cooperation Programme budget. This equals € 2.4 billion allocated to almost 8.900 SME participations by 1 January 2012.

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