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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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Research-performing SMEs

Cooperation

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The Cooperation Programme is the heart of FP7 and represents two thirds of the overall budget. It is intended to facilitate collaborative research across Europe through transnational consortiums of industry. Research is carried out under ten themes, each of which has its own dedicated SME strategy. At least 15% of the funding available under the cooperation Programme goes to SMEs.

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The Marie Curie Actions ("People" Programme in FP7) are focused on training, mobility and career development of researchers. They are open to individual researchers at all stages of their career and research institutions both in the public and the private sector. Applicants may be situated in EU Member States, Associated States and Third countries. Proposals from all areas of research are welcome, there are no thematic priorities.

One of the Actions, the "Industry-Academia Partnerships and Pathways" ("IAPP") scheme aims specifically at establishing long-term research cooperation between the public and the private sector, including SMEs.

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What is EUROSTARS?

The EUROSTARS programme is offered by EUREKA, an intergovernmental initiative established in 1985, aimed at enhancing European competitiveness through support to businesses, research centres and universities who carry out pan-European projects for developing innovative, products, processes and services. EUROSTARS is an Article 185 initiative focusing on funding for R&D-performing SMEs. The programme offers combined national funding to support R&D performing SMEs leading international collaborative research projects. Thirty three one countries are involved.

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