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Facts & Figures:

EUR 6.4 billion - Big investment package puts small businesses first

Facts & Figures

The largest ever investment in research and innovation in Europe has been announced. The EUR 6.4 billion package calls for new research proposals and gives top priority to SMEs with close to EUR 800 million dedicated to them. Here we highlight some of the calls for proposals that are most relevant to SMEs.

Cooperation Programme

There are five key 'themes' within the Cooperation Programme that emphasise the participation of SMEs. Within these 'themes', between 5% and 50% of the EU contribution for each project, depending on the call, has been earmarked for SMEs.

The relevant SME calls include:

Nanoscience, Nanotechnologies, Materials and new Production Technologies

Budget: EUR 40 million
Deadline: 4 November 2010

Four topics targeting SMEs:



Two calls have been published under the Health theme:

  1. The Call: FP7-HEALTH-2010-single-stage
    Budget: EUR 160.5 million (indicative)
    Deadline: 10 November 2010
  2. The Call: FP7-HEALTH-2011-two-stage
    Budget: EUR 498 million (indicative)
    Deadline: 13 October 2010 (for stage 1 proposals)

Within these calls, there are eight topics that target SMES:

  • Developing tools and technologies for high-throughput research.
  • Genome-based biomarkers for patient stratification and pharmacogenomic strategies.
  • Tools, technologies & devices for application in regenerative medicine.
  • Development and production of new, high-affinity protein scaffolds for therapeutic use.
  • Development of multi-analyte diagnostic tests.
  • Development of tools to control microbial biofilms with relevance to clinical drug resistance.
  • Evaluation and validation studies of clinically useful biomarkers in prevention and management of cardiovascular disease.
  • New methodologies for clinical trials in personalised medicine.

The EU contribution ranges between 15% to 50% of the total budget of the project, depending on the particular call.


Food, Agriculture, Fisheries, and Biotechnology Research (KBBE)

Budget: EUR 240.27 million
Deadline: 25 January 2011

Three topics targeting SMEs:

  • Sustainable production and management of biological resources from land, forest and aquatic environment.
  • Fork to farm: Food (including seafood), health and well-being.
  • Life sciences, biotechnology and biochemistry for sustainable non-food products and processes.

In the 30 SME-targeted topics of the main KBBE call, the total EU contribution allocated to SMEs in the consortia ranges between 10% and 50%.

For the above call budget, EUR 3 million concerns the topic KBBE.2011.1.3-06 Development of next generation European system for cattle evaluation, which uses the same funding scheme of the Capacities Programme: Research for the benefit of SMEs. The FP7-KBBE-2011-5-SME call containing this one topic is part of the main KBBE call FP7-KBBE-2011-5.


Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)

FP7 ICT WP 2011-2012 foresees two calls targeting SMEs:

  1. Objective ICT-2011.9.2 High Tech Research Intensive SMEs in FET research, part of the call FP7-ICT-2011-C.
    Budget: EUR 9 million (indicative 2011 + 2012 budgets)
    Deadline: 11 September 2012
  2. Objective ICT-2011.4.1 SME Initiative on Digital Content and Languages, call FP7-ICT-2011-SME-DCL.
    Budget: EUR 35 million (indicative 2011 budget)
    Deadline: The call is set to be published on 1 February 2011.
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The Call: FP7-ENERGY-2011-1
Budget: EUR 74 million
Deadline: 16 November 2010

This call includes two topics where SME participation is explicitly encouraged:

  1. ENERGY.2011.3.7-1: Development of new or improved sustainable bio-energy carriers.
  2. ENERGY.2011.1.4.1-1: Revisiting solar-thermal systems for using breakthroughs in scientific and technological fields.

In order to maximise industrial relevance and impact of the research effort, the active participation of relevant industrial partners, including SMEs and research organisations, is seen as essential to achieve the expected impact.

The Call: FP7-OCEAN-2011
Budget: Ranges from EUR 9-14 million.

The Energy Theme will contribute a further EUR 5 million to the Ocean call.

A composition of multi-sector partners, industrial partners and relevant end users, particularly SMEs, is essential for the implementation of the project and will be considered during the evaluation of the criterion related to 'implementation'.


Match your needs

To find the Call that best matches your innovation needs and R&D interests, please contact your FP7 contact point in your country:

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