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EU 7th Framework Programme - Research for the benefit of SMEs

Why to deal with this? The overall aims of the European Union's €53 billion Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) 2007-13, is "to strengthen industrial competitiveness and meet the research needs of other community policies, thereby contributing to the creation of a knowledge-based society, building on a European Research Area and complementing activities at national and regional level." (Decision No 1982/2006/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of of 18 December 2006)

The action Research for the benefit of SMEs is a bottom-up activity, i.e. it is not limited to a certain technology sector. The action finances contract research for SMEs which do not have their own research capacities. A group of min. three SMEs from three countries can outsource the solution of a certain technological problem to a group of min. 2 research providers. The EU funding amounts to max. 110% of the research contract, making Research for SMEs an attractive programme for both SMEs and research providers. Projects duration is typically 12-24 months. The role of the SMEs includes providing specifications and carrying out tests and validation while preparing the further use of the technology. The IPR is owned by the SME partners after the end of the project.

When is it suitable/applicable?  
  • for SMEs who do not have their own R&D capacities
  • for the development of a strategic innovation perspective
  • for SMEs who want to cooperate with European partners and increase their visibility in Europe
When is it NOT suitable/applicable?  
  • for short-term product development projects
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What costs are related to it (financial, time effort etc.)?  
  • Co-financing required. SMEs directly forward most of their EU contribution to contract research partners; in most cases, the contribution staying within the SME will only cover travel costs
  • Time for project activities, project management and reporting

What’s the relevant HTE output? This search function of this website (Food Tech Innovation Portal) will help you identify research partners institutes and technology centres with experience in your technology area. Most of them are experienced in the Programme "FP7 - Research for the benefits of SMEs" and can help you to find additional partners and write a project proposal.
Whom can I talk to from the HTE team? Technical partners as potential project partners:

IRTA, Ttz, CENTIV, Wageningen UR - FBR, Deutsches Institut für Lebensmitteltechnik e.V., FRIP KEKI, Pervatech, KU Leuven LFT, UTCN, CSIRO, Nutrition Sciences Innovation partners for providing advice and assistance: ZENIT, Agropolis International, TEIN, Qualiméditerranée, TRITECC DLG, ARC

Relevant internet links Links:
Online databases and tools Tools:
  • http://www.ncp-sme.net/ (Information and partner search as well as contact data of your National Contact Point)warning.png"Tools:
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Where to get advice, consultancy? Support:
Related innovation sheets EU 7th Framework Programme – Cooperation, Eurostars, Horizon 2020, Management x pre feasibility, Management x feasibility, Financial x pre feasibility, Financial x feasibility

Title EU 7th Framework Programme - Research for the benefit of SMEs
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Latest Version 02-07-2012
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Created by Hte zenit on 2 July 2012, at 13:08