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Impact study shows that 40% of SMEs declared an increase in commercial output as a result of their research project.


The main finding of the Impact Assessment on SME specific measures will show that approximately 40% of SMEs declared that their projects, carried out during FP5 and FP6 programmes, resulted in commercial benefit or that a benefit is expected in the future. The final report is due to be published in October. In the meantime Dr Bernd Reichert, head of the SME unit, takes us through this and some of the other key findings from the draft report.


The Impact Assessment on SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) specific measures evaluates the economic and practical impact of FP5 and FP6 Programmes...

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