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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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National support for SMEs

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SME National Contact Points (NCPs)

NCPs provide information and guidance to SMEs wishing to participate in EU research and are able to offer personalised support in the proposer’s own language. The NCPs are usually national structures set up and financed by the governments of the 27 EU Member States and the states associated to the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7).
Find SME NCPs for your country via this map!


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Enterprise Europe Network

Launched in 2008 by the European Commission, the Enterprise Europe Network offers a ‘one-stop shop’ to meet all the information needs of SMEs and companies in Europe. The network is present in more than 40 countries, including the 27 Member States, 3 EU candidate countries (Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and Turkey) members of the European Economic Area (EEA) and other participating third countries. A staff of 4000 in 600 local partner organisations provides expert advice and services to EU businesses. Whether you need information on EU legislation, help finding a business partner, want to benefit from innovation networks in your region or need information on funding opportunities, this is the place to start.
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IPR helpdesk

The European IPR Helpdesk provides professional advice to your specific questions on Intellectual Property (IP) and Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), free of charge. Get in touch with our team of experienced lawyers via registration the website, phone or fax and receive a qualified answer or examination of your personal IP issue within three working days. In addition they offer free of charge training events on different aspects of IP management and IPR based on a practical and comprehensive training approach.

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Any citizen anywhere in the EU can pick up the phone, use this number and without any costs put her/his questions on Europe in her/his own language and get an answer back also in that language.

The EUROPE DIRECT Contact Centre is open Monday-Friday 09.00 - 18.30