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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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Transport
including aeronautics

The transport theme will have a budget of EUR 4.1 billion over the duration of FP7. The European transport sector plays a vital role in transporting people and goods and is essential for prosperity. The air transport sector contributes 2.6% of the EU GDP employing 3.1 million people, while surface transport supports 16 million jobs, generating 11% of the EU GDP. However, transport also produces 25% of all EU emissions of CO2. Therefore, ways need to be found to mitigate the negative impacts and consequences of a more mobile society with regard to the environment, energy usage, and health and security.

Objectives

The main aim for transport research under the FP7 is to develop safer, greener and smarter European wide transport systems that can benefit all citizens, respect the environment and increase the competitiveness of European industry.

Areas of Transport Research Covered in FP7

The following activities will be addressed:

  • Aeronautics and air transport
  • Sustainable surface transport – rail, road and water
  • The European Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS)

Support will be given to GNSS plus Galileo and EGNOS, which are for navigation and timing services and the efficient use of satellite navigation.

Scope of transport research and opportunities in other thematic areas

The Joint Technology Initiative (JTI) “Clean Sky” has a budget of EUR 1.4 billion.

The Single European Sky Air Traffic Management (SESAR) will undertake all air traffic management activities and has a budget of EUR 10 million for 2007.

Opportunities for SMEs

Specific measures will encourage the development of strong supply chains where SMEs are significant drivers of technological innovation. Emphasis is to be given to start-up and the emergence of new high-tech SMEs, especially in advanced transport technologies and service related activities.

There will be five sets of Calls for proposals, (2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, and 2012).

July 2007

SMEs in European aeronautics - Small companies making a big impact

Micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) play a central role in the European economy. They are a major source of entrepreneurial skills, innovation and employment. In the enlarged European Union of 27 countries, some 23 million SMEs provide around 75 million jobs and represent 99% of all enterprises.
For further information, download the brochure (Pdf 900 Kb)

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