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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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Security

The EU has set aside EUR 1.3 billion for this theme over the duration of the FP7. Security-related research is a cornerstone for supporting European prosperity and freedom and justice. In turn, it will develop technologies that will support other areas of European policy including health, energy, the environment and transport.

Objectives

The objectives of the 10th Theme include the development of technologies required to ensure the security of citizens from the threats of terrorism, organised crime, natural disasters and industrial accidents. This will be carried out with strict regard for human rights. It will make sure that available and emerging technologies will be employed so as to benefit civil European society. The EU can best understand risks in a world of constant change through cooperation and coordination on a pan-European scale of providers and users for civil security solutions. This will help improve the competitiveness of the European security industry.

The Scope of Security Research in FP7

Calls under the theme of security are open to all security stakeholders and the involvement of SMEs in consortia is actively encouraged. Research will be carried out in the following areas:

  • Security of citizens
  • Security of infrastructures and utilities
  • Intelligent surveillance and border security
  • Restoring security and safety in case of crisis
  • Security system integration, interconnectivity and interoperability
  • Security and society
  • Security research coordination and structuring

Scope of security research and opportunities in other thematic areas

Further opportunities for funding appear under the themes of Health, ICT, Environment (including Climate Change), Transport and the cross-cutting theme defined topic of Science in Society. Cross-cutting open themes include the Marie-Curie Fellowships; Research for SMEs and the funding of research infrastructures.

Opportunities for SMEs

Security research strengthens the competitiveness of the European security industry by encouraging the cooperation of providers and users for civil security solutions and through the active involvement of SMEs.

For more information on the Security theme see pages on CORDIS.

For further information about participation in FP7

Framework Programme 7
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