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MAKING A POSITIVE DIFFERENCE

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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Marie Curie (People)

Industry-Academia Partnerships and Pathways (IAPP)

What are IAPPs?

IAPPs are partnerships between public and private research organisations (including universities, large and small enterprises, manufacturing industries), based on a common research project and aiming to increase skills exchange between the two sectors.

Who can apply?

A typical consortium consists of one research organization from the public sector (university, research centre) and one from the private sector (any size: SME, spin-off, big industry), but there is no pre-defined maximum number of participants.

Proposals must include as a minimum of one organisation from each sector. The participating organisations must be established in at least two different Member States or Associated Countries of which at least one must be from the EU27.

For a simple overview, please see the Step-by-Step Guide.

Which research topics are supported?

There are no pre-defined priority areas. Research fields are chosen freely by the applicants and all domains of research and technological development addressed under the EC-Treaty are eligible for funding (except areas of research covered by the EURATOM Treaty).

How does it work?

Proposals are submitted, evaluated against a series of predetermined criteria by international peer review and selected for funding, typically for 4 years.

What does the funding cover?

Support will be provided for:

  • Exchange of know-how and experience through inter-sector two-way secondments of research staff of the participants
  • Research and Networking activities
  • Optionally:
    • Recruitment of experienced researchers from outside the partnership, for involvement in transfer of knowledge and/or training of researchers
    • Organisation of workshops and conferences, involving the participants' own research staff and external researchers
    • For SMEs: research equipment (up to 10% of the EC contribution for each SME participant) on a duly justified basis

How to apply

For a simple overview, please see the Step by Step Guide.

SMEs in Marie Curie brochure

Specific information: http://ec.europa.eu/research/mariecurieactions/index.htm
Opportunities within Marie Curie Actions: http://mc-opportunities.cordis.lu/home_vac.cfm
For enquiries, contact the research enquiries service.