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1 Stefano Fontana European Commission DG RTD Research for the benefit of SMEs SMEs in the

2 Stefano Fontana, European Commission, DG RTD Research for the benefit of SMEs SMEs in FP7 DIFFERENT!!!  A grant for research, not a loan.  The grant covers a big part, but not all. Participants, SMEs as well, need to co- finance.

3 Stefano Fontana, European Commission, DG RTD Research for the benefit of SMEs SMEs in FP7 - why? SMEs are at the core of European industry and key players in the innovation system. SMEs have to respond increasingly to a strong competition in the internal market and globally.  Need to increase their knowledge base and their research efforts in transnational co-operations.  Actions at EU level are necessary to complement and enhance the impact of actions taken at national and regional level.

4 Stefano Fontana, European Commission, DG RTD Research for the benefit of SMEs SMEs in FP7 Main initiatives

5 Stefano Fontana, European Commission, DG RTD Research for the benefit of SMEs Budget allocation to SMEs in FP6 and FP7

6 Stefano Fontana, European Commission, DG RTD Research for the benefit of SMEs  Dedicated SME strategy under each Theme  Identification of areas of particular interest to SMEs in the individual work programmes  15% target for SME participation (early indications meeting and exceeding 15%)  Greater flexibility in choosing the appropriate funding scheme  Simplified financial and administrative procedures (e.g. 75% funding rate for SMEs, no bank guarantees) SMEs in FP7 “Cooperation”

7 Stefano Fontana, European Commission, DG RTD Research for the benefit of SMEs Industry-academia partnerships and pathways between public and private research organisations based on a common research project and aim to increase the exchange of skills between the two sectors:  Staff secondment between academia and industry including SMEs  Temporary hosting of experienced researchers from outside partnership  Possible financial contribution to small equipment related to SME participation SMEs in FP7 “People”

8 Stefano Fontana, European Commission, DG RTD Research for the benefit of SMEs Peoples Programme FP7-PEOPLE-IAPP-2008: Industry-academia pathways & partnerships Publication: November 2008 Closing : March 2009 Indicative budget: similar to 2008 expected to increase (45 M€ from 2008 budget).

9 Stefano Fontana, European Commission, DG RTD Research for the benefit of SMEs Capacities – Research for the benefit of SMEs Research for SMEs:  Low to medium technology SMEs with little or no research capability  Research intensive SMEs that need to outsource research to complement their core research capability Research for SME associations:  SME associations representing their members and their common technical problems  bottom-up approach, no thematic focus

10 Stefano Fontana, European Commission, DG RTD Research for the benefit of SMEs Objectives Strengthen the innovation capacities and competitiveness of SMEs, to develop new products and markets by outsourcing of research. Clear exploitation potential with economic benefits for the SMEs (or for the SME members of the associations) involved. Research for the benefit of SMEs

11 Stefano Fontana, European Commission, DG RTD Research for the benefit of SMEs Research for SMEs:  Strengthening the competitiveness of the SMEs Research for SME associations:  Improve industrial competitiveness

12 Stefano Fontana, European Commission, DG RTD Research for the benefit of SMEs SMEs SME Associations RTD- Performers Investing in Research Results & IPR Other enterprises, End users

13 Stefano Fontana, European Commission, DG RTD Research for the benefit of SMEs SMEs invest in R&D  “Customer-seller” relationship between SMEs* and RTD-performers.  SMEs* invest in the RTD project and outsource part of the research activities to "RTD performers”.  RTD performers invoice their services to SMEs*.  EC contributes substantially, but not all! * or SME associations

14 Stefano Fontana, European Commission, DG RTD Research for the benefit of SMEs Special IPR-principle The default regime leaves full ownership of all project results and IPR with those who pay, i.e. the SMEs or the SME Associations. The consortium may however reach a different agreement in their own best interest, as long as the SMEs or SME associations are provided with all the rights needed for their use and dissemination of the results, and they do not pay the full costs of the RTDs.

15 Stefano Fontana, European Commission, DG RTD Research for the benefit of SMEs Research for SMEsResearch for SME associations Duration1-2 years2-3 years Number of partners Total budget€ 0.5 – 1.5 Million€ 1.5 – 4 Million ActivitiesR&D, demonstration, management, other activities

16 Stefano Fontana, European Commission, DG RTD Research for the benefit of SMEs Research for the benefit of SMEs Work programme 1. Supporting SMEs outsourcing research activities - Research for SMEs - Research for SME associations 2. Developing and coordinating support to SMEs at national level - Eurostars Article 169 Initiative - ERA-NET - Support to national and/or regional “exploratory awards” - NCP-network (TransCoSME) 3. Support measures - Coordination and Support Actions - Studies

17 Stefano Fontana, European Commission, DG RTD Research for the benefit of SMEs Results of FP7 calls (1) EL = 13.6 / 17

18 Stefano Fontana, European Commission, DG RTD Research for the benefit of SMEs Results of FP7 calls (2) EL = 28.3 / 29.7

19 Stefano Fontana, European Commission, DG RTD Research for the benefit of SMEs Results of FP7 calls (3) EL = 12.9 / 14.9

20 Stefano Fontana, European Commission, DG RTD Research for the benefit of SMEs EUROSTARS: Article 169 Initiative  EUREKA initiative with a joint programme, based on national schemes.  Supporting trans-national, multi-partner R&D projects initiated and led by at least two R&D-performing SMEs.  31 countries have agreed to participate in the joint programme. (26 MS and 5 AS to the FP) 2. Developing and coordinating support to SMEs at national level

21 Stefano Fontana, European Commission, DG RTD Research for the benefit of SMEs ERA-NET  Follow-up of FP6 ERA-NET projects: ERA-SME & CORNET  Increase integration, coverage and number/budget of common calls. Support to national and/or regional “exploratory awards”  Establish durable schemes and services to increase the number of awards provided by the national and/or regional schemes.  A first preparatory Coordination and Support Action dedicated to the development of implementation modalities. Network of National Contact Points (NCPs)  Identifying and sharing good practices, developing common tools.  Supporting less experienced NCPs to rapidly acquire the know-how accumulated in other countries. 2. Developing and coordinating support to SMEs at national level

22 Stefano Fontana, European Commission, DG RTD Research for the benefit of SMEs  Support to dissemination and exploitation of research results and exchange of good practices by e.g.: a) clustering of projects on common topics to improve interaction and joint dissemination and exploitation activities and b) developing and implementing strategies aiming at a reinforced exploitation of results.  Contributing to the identification of priority research topics for SME associations, especially by establishing a dialogue with European Technology Platforms (ETP). 3. Support measures: Coordination and Support Activities

23 Stefano Fontana, European Commission, DG RTD Research for the benefit of SMEs Capacities: New calls Call FP7-SME : Coordination and Support Action Publication: 03 September 2008 Closing : 27 January 2009 Indicative budget: 4 M € Call FP7-SME : Research for SME Associations Publication: 03 September 2008 Closing: 18 December 2008 Indicative budget: M € Eurostars art 169: Aiming at 100 M€ EC contribution on a 400 M€ total budget)

24 Stefano Fontana, European Commission, DG RTD Research for the benefit of SMEs  Joint programme between 31 countries in the context of EUREKA  Financial participation of the European Community  Budget: EUR 300 M€ from participating countries + EUR100 M€ from the Community between 2008 and  R&D performing SMEs lead international collaborations. EUROSTARS

25 Stefano Fontana, European Commission, DG RTD Research for the benefit of SMEs EUROSTARS Support to R&D projects driven by one or more R&D performing SME(s) in any field of S&T: At least two partners from different Eurostars countries R&D performing SME(s) execute the larger part of the R&D activities Targeted at market-oriented research SME(s) should demonstrate the capability to exploit the project results Next call deadline: 24 September 2009 Information: or contacthttp://www.eurostars-eureka.eu

26 Stefano Fontana, European Commission, DG RTD Research for the benefit of SMEs Important documents  Workprogramme "Research for the benefit of SMEs"  Guides for applicants "Research for SMEs“ and “Research for SME associations”  Guide to Intellectual Property Rules for FP7 projects  Rules for the submission of proposals

27 Stefano Fontana, European Commission, DG RTD Research for the benefit of SMEs More information Research for the benefit of SMEs: SME TechWeb: ec.europa.eu/research/sme-techweb Get Support


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