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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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Competitiveness Council further strengthens research in the EU

The Competitiveness Council of the European Union on 23 November paved the way for establishing four Joint Technology Initiatives (JTIs), agreeing to provide € 7.6 billion in funding for the public-private partnerships. In addition, the council made further headway regarding the realisation of the European Institute of Technology (EIT).
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Presidency presents declaration on financing innovation

A declaration on financing innovation was signed at a recent conference in Estoril, Portugal. The declaration calls for: a stronger entrepreneurial attitude; measures to improve companies' ability to attract investors; the right environment for new companies to flourish; and the channelling of savings into young companies.
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EU to help entrepreneurs start up and start up again

While efforts to make it easier for Europeans to set up their own company are starting to pay off, a majority of EU citizens continue to hold back for fear of going bust. The Commission is now proposing taking action to reduce the stigma attached to business failure and encourage non-fraudulent bankrupts to make a fresh start.
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Fast-track to competitive business: EuropeanCommission proposes Joint Programme with Member States for research-intensivesmall companies

R&D-performing Small and Medium-sized companies(SMEs) are the entrepreneurial stars of Europe. Responding to their specificneeds, the Commission has adopted today EUROSTARS, a new Joint Programme with 27EUREKA countries to finance R&D partnerships with research-performing SMEs.In addition to the Commission contribution of EUR 100 million, 22 EU Memberstates and 5 countries associated to FP7 will jointly contribute another EUR 300 million, giving a total investment of EUR 400million over 6 years. This will, in turn, mobilise up to EUR 400 million inadditional private funding, resulting in an estimated EUR 800 million package tosupport European R&D performing SMEs. Through EUROSTARS, participatingcountries will pool their national programmes and research funding in favour ofSMEs, resulting in better, more efficient use of funds.
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Ministers endorse EU focus on SMEs and green technologies

The EU must provide more support to small- and medium-sized enterprises in accessing foreign markets and taking advantages of new business opportunities offered by Europe's moves towards a low-carbon economy, EU competitiveness ministers have said.
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Small businesses miss out on 3.5 billion euros

Turkish small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs), in failing to show much interest in the 7th Research Framework program (FP7) developed by the European Union, missed out 3.5 billion euros in funds for inventions, innovative ideas, research and development in the first half of 2007.
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Risk-Sharing Finance Facility (RSFF)

RSFF is an innovative debt-based facility, designed by the European Commission and the EIB that will create an additional financing capacity of billions of Euros in support of Research, Technological Development and Demonstration projects as well as Innovation investments (RDI projects).
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Strengthening the IPR enforcement of EU industry and SMEs

Calls for tender
Deadline: To be announced

Services to be supplied: Workshops on best practices of support measures by MS and private sector (identification and exchange of best practices by Member States and private sector in the area of support measures for the IP enforcement, especially outside the EU).
Contact: DG Enterprise and Industry, Directorate B - Industrial Policy and Economic Reforms

"SMEs go Health" is successfully operating!

"SMEs go Health" is an initiative designed to support small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and academic researchers interested in research cooperation and participation in the 7th EU Framework Programme (FP7), particularly in the Health-related area. An information and training event takes place on the 13th of September 2007 at the occasion of the “Baltic Dynamics” in Riga, Latvia.
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Call for tenders: SMEs in energy research projects

The European Commission's Research DG has published a call for tenders for a study on the role and impact of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in energy research framework programme projects. The contractor will investigate the actual role and impact (on the projects and on the firms themselves) of SME participation in energy-related projects, as well as their initial motivation ...
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Major success for European maritime SME

With EU support under the FP5 CRAFT programme, Norway’s SeaMetric International AS has developed the ‘Twin Marine Lifter’ system for installation and removal of very heavy objects on offshore marine facilities.
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Business calls for EU Private Company Statute for SMEs

Business representatives are urging the Commission to create a European Private Company (EPC) statute in order to help Europe's small- and medium-sized enterprises to do business across borders.
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Unlocking the research and innovation potential of Wallonia

Wallonia, the southern, French-speaking region of Belgium, has released figures on its participation in the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6), which suggest that the region's research and innovation players are performing well in the European research arena.

Out of 1,236 projects proposals in which Walloon participants took part, a total of 324 projects were selected for funding under FP6. This represents a research funding injection to the region of €69 million. Of the projects retained, 39 were coordinated by an organisation from the region, while certain Walloon actors participated in more than one project.
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