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Facts & Figures:

Second Research for SME call puts RTD performers in the frame

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First call funding analyses showed that SMEs are enjoying increased access to FP7 research programmes. The latest overview of the second stage of the Research for SMEs programme shows just how effective the scheme has been.

Confirmation that the Research for SMEs programme is appropriately tailored to the needs of SMEs has come from the increasing number of submitted proposals to the second call compared with the first, and by the large number of participating SMEs, most of which were industrial organisations, applying for funding,.

Research for SMEs supports small groups of innovative SMEs in solving technological problems and acquiring technological know-how. Projects must fit into the overall business and innovation needs of the SMEs, which are given the opportunity to subcontract research to RTD (Research and Technology Development) performers (public or private institutions able to carry out original research).

The second call commanded a budget of EUR 100 million and received 673 applications of which 663 were evaluated. the increasing value of RTD activities outsourced to RTD performers (81%) compared with the previous call (78%) shows how well the outsourcing approach of the scheme has been understood and taken up. The total requested grant has been increased from 72% in the previous call to 75% in this call.

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The Commission was assisted by 320 independent experts who evaluated proposals against three main criteria:

Scientific and/or technological excellence;

Quality and efficiency of the implementation and management;

Potential impact through the development, dissemination and use of project results.

Each criterion was scored between zero and five. In the first call all criteria had a threshold of three. For the second, the threshold for the third evaluation criterion (Impact) was raised from three to four and the overall threshold from 10 to 11. As a result of the evaluation 98 proposals (14.8 per cent) were considered for funding.

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