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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 December 2013

Seminar on Fast Track to Innovation under Horizon 2020

This new instrument, open to different entities, will help to boost innovation and increase private sector participation under Horizon 2020.

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28 November 2013

From Research to Action: "Resource Efficient Innovation for SMEs"

On 28 November 2013, DG Research and Innovation will gather research organisations and SMEs participating in EU-funded projects under the Environment Programme to discuss the role of SMEs and resource efficiency in the context of green economy.

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15 June 2013

SME conference under the Irish EU presidency: conference presentations available

Find out what the European Commission and keynote speakers presented in Dublin on June 11-12, on how to support innovation-oriented SMEs in Europe.

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15 June 2013

Video of the EUROSME conference

Watch the video on the Innovation Union YouTube channel

11-12 June 2013

Innovation, a Business Opportunity for SMEs

The SME conference under the Irish EU presidency attracted over 250 regional, national and European businesses, policymakers and other EU SME Research and Innovation stakeholders, who were vocal and active on their specific needs and outlined suggestions for more effective and efficient EU innovation support actions and mechanisms for SMEs.
The event was the third SME conference under the Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7), and like its two predecessors under FP7 (during the French and Belgian EU presidencies, in 2008 and 2010 respectively), is due to have lasting positive effects on EU policy-making and implementation in the field of innovation in SMEs.

The three main topics of the event were:

  • Visions of innovation in the 21st century
  • Open Innovation for SMEs
  • Supporting Innovative SMEs in Their Ambition to Grow

For the conference presentations, please consult the conference website at

17 April 2013

Business Management and Intercultural Differences for SMEs

PromisLingua Project offered a free course on April 17 in Stuttgart, Germany
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7 March 2013

Questions and answers on support for Small- and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) in Horizon 2020

At the Successful R&I in Europe 2013 - 5th European Networking Event in Düsseldorf, Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn outlined key measures in Horizon 2020.
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29 January 2013

During a dinner debate hosted by K4I (Knowledge4Innovation) and COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology), Director Clara de la Torre addressed the question "How can networking in Science and Technology help SMEs to meet the Innovation Union goals?" During her presentation, Clara de la Torre looked back at achievements under the Innovation Union during the implementation of FP7, and forward to new milestones for SME support - including to an integrated programme architecture - under Horizon 2020. Download her presentation here.

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24 January 2013

The European Commission has launched a call in view of composing advisory groups that will contribute to shaping the agenda of Horizon 2020, the European Union's future funding programme for research and innovation. Designated experts will provide high quality and timely advice for the preparation of the Horizon 2020 calls for project proposals.

The European Commission is in search of expert individuals from the SME world at large to become part of its different advisory groups on Horizon 2020, and to contribute to setting the Research and Innovation agenda on topics of major concern for European citizens, such as climate change, making renewable energy more affordable, ensuring safe food or coping with the challenges of ageing.
As for the field of innovation in Small and Medium Sized Enterprises in particular, a dedicated group of experts is intended to promote and accompany the specific measures for SMEs under the Programme. This group will consist of experts from SMEs, SME representative bodies or associations, and other highly-qualified individuals with extensive experience with working with or for SMEs. Their joint expertise will cover all aspects of successful innovative SME management, including intellectual property rights, research and development, business management and technology transfer.
DG Research and Innovation with its call aims to reach especially those SME experts who have operational experience with managing innovation and translating innovation into new services, products or business processes that have proven their success on the market.
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