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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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Socio-Economic Sciences and the Humanities

The EU Member States have awarded more than EUR 610 million for funding this theme over the lifetime of FP7.


This theme will contribute to a greater understanding of the complex interrelated socio-economic challenges facing Europe.

The scope of Socio-economic Sciences and the Humanities research in FP7
will help answer questions related to:

  • growth, employment and competitiveness in a knowledge society;
  • combining social, economic and environmental objectives (sustainable development) within a European perspective;
  • major trends in society and their implications;
  • Europe in the world (trade, migration, poverty, crime, conflict and resolution);
  • the citizen in the European Union;
  • socio-economic and indicators;
  • foresight activities.

Scope of humanities research and opportunities in other thematic areas

There are opportunities for funding the humanities in the Health, ICT and Environment and Security Themes.

Funding under ERA-NET includes Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA) which coordinate the activities of national humanities research councils (e.g. IRCHSS) – established under FP6 as well as planning to establish a large-scale European humanities-specific grants during FP7.

Opportunities for SMEs

There is no specific mention of SME participation in this theme despite the fact that there are multiple research areas and activities, which mention small collaborative projects such as intangible investments and innovation in Europe, structural changes, regional development and social trends.

For more information on the theme Socio-Economic Sciences and the Humanities see pages on CORDIS.