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Welcome to the new look SME Update

Happy New Year. Our format is changing from being a static quarterly newsletter to that of an interactive, online resource for all SMEs eager to learn more about research opportunities in Europe. Being online also makes us more environmentally friendly. You print off what you need, when you need it.

No small and medium-sized enterprise can afford to sit on its laurels and cut back on research. Many SMEs in Europe have international potential. Participating in European projects to develop new technology for creating exciting new products and services provides SMEs with an important opportunity to learn about international markets and build the trans-national connectivity to supply into them.

In our interview with the Commission's new SME unit head, Dr Bernd Reichert, we can see how the Seventh Framework Programme, FP7, is offering a range of exciting opportunities for SMEs eager to grow and compete more effectively.


There's also a great deal of money on the table. Under the Cooperation programme, SMEs will benefit from around 15 per cent of the overall FP7 budget of just over €50.5 billion.

Participating in FP7 carries with it many potential benefits for SMEs: up to 75 per cent of the cost of undertaking research and development that you might not otherwise be able to do; and opportunities to be part of a pan-European consortia sharing knowledge, skills and expertise. You can also raise your profile and access new business markets.

This is an exciting time to be a growing SME with ambitions to compete in dynamic new markets. SME Update will be right up there with you, bringing all the latest news and insight.

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  • Interview:

    Bernd Reichert – T.4’s new head of department

    SME Update asks Berndt about his plans for the future…

  • Actions:

    Marie Curie - IAPP is good news for long-term research

    Cooperation between the public and private sector...

  • Points of View:

    Turkey SMEs are making good progress

    A new focus on growth and employment takes centre stage...

  • Success Story:

    Sweden's fistula catheter project

    Groundbreaking SME work gives dialysis patients a better life...

  • Policy Update:

    ERA-Net, Cornet and Exploratory awards

    New initiatives support cooperation and trans-national research...

  • Events:

    SME-relevant events

    Opportunities in manufacturing and renewable energy...

  • Facts & Figures:

    Research highlights

    New programmes are a hit with SMEs...

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This online newsletter includes news, results, policy and points of view covering all areas of European research for SMEs. If there is anything in it you'd like more information about, then do let us know. Because we want to see what you have to say on each issue, and on research for SMEs in general, a web forum is available to register your comments and ideas for future topics to be covered.