SMEs in the. SMEs in FP7 - why? SMEs are at the core of European industry and key players in the innovation system. SMEs have to respond increasingly.
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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 cooperations. Actions at EU level are necessary to complement and enhance the impact of actions taken at national and regional level.
Dedicated SME strategy under each Theme Identification of areas of particular interest to SMEs in the individual work programmes 15% target (EU contribution) for SME participation (early indications suggest 15% has yet to be achieved) 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”
Collaborative projects targeted to SMEs 3 different types of projects including "projects targeted to special groups such as SMEs“ Stimulate the participation of SMEs Research-intensive SMEs should play a leading role in such projects Requested EC contribution to participating SMEs must in all cases be substantial SMEs in FP7 “Cooperation”
Industry-academia partnerships and pathways are partnerships between public and private research organisations based on a common research project and aim to increase the exchange of skills between the two sectors via; Staff secondment between academia and industry including SMEs Temporary hosting of experienced researchers from outside partnership SMEs in FP7 “People”
“People” continued A consortium comprises at least one research organisation from the public sector and one from the private sector. Participating organisations must be from at least two different Member States or Associated Countries. Funding covers: exchange of know-how and experience between private sector and academia through secondments of research staff of the participants; recruitment of experienced staff from outside the partnership, for facilitating the transfer of knowledge and/or the training of staff; networking activities, organisation of workshops and conferences, involving the participants’ own research staff and external researchers; research equipment funding for SMEs with up to 10% of the EU contribution for each SME participant. bottom-up approach, no thematic focussing.
Research for the benefit of SMEs: Objectives Strengthen the innovation capacities of SMEs to develop new products and markets by outsourcing of research: Increase their research effort Acquire technological know-how Extend their networks Improve the exploitation of research results SMEs in FP7 “Capacities”
Target group 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 focussing
Impact: Economic benefit Research for SMEs: Clear exploitation potential and economic benefits for the SMEs involved Strengthening the competitiveness of the SMEs Research for SME associations: Clear exploitation potential and economic benefits for the SMEs members of the associations involved Improve industrial competitiveness
Number of partners Minimum requirements, coordination Research for SMEs At least three independent SME participants, established in three different Member States or Associated countries. At least two RTD performers. Other enterprises and end-users optional. Research for SME associations At least three independent SME association/groupings, established in three different Member States or Associated countries, or one European SME association/grouping. At least two RTD performers. Other enterprises and end-users with at least two SMEs. SMEs or SME associations may entrust coordination to a partner in the consortium specialised in professional project management.
IPR - principle Specific for „Research for SMEs / SME associations“ (rules for participation). The default regime remains full ownership of all project results ("foreground") and IPR by the SMEs or SME Associations. The consortium may however reach a different agreement in their own best interests, as long as the SMEs and SME associations are provided with all the rights that are required for their intended use and dissemination of the project results. Costs should reflect this.
Rules for participation Funding rates R&D: maximum of 50 % of the total eligible costs Exception: SMEs, non-profit public bodies, secondary and higher education establishments and research organisations: maximum of 75 % Associations may meet e.g the criteria for SMEs or non-profit public bodies Demonstration activities: maximum of 50 % Management activities: maximum of 100 % Other activities: maximum of 100 % (e.g. training, coordination, networking, dissemination)
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 These documents and additional information about the open calls are available on the following webpage: http://cordis.europa.eu SME Techweb: ec.europa.eu/research/sme-techweb
Success story FP6 Co-operative GAT MICROENCAPSULATION Business profile Field of activity: Microencapsulation Year of start-up: 2003 Number of employees: 45 Sales: €10,000,000 Profits: 20% Share of sales invested in R&D: 26% Gewerbezone 1 2490 Ebenfurth Austria www.gat-foodessentials.com email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Paradox Acrynom: Paradox Objective: Encapsulation of red wine extract for food additive to lower cholesterol. Results: Developed the industrial application of WOW CAPS technology. Economic impact: 56-60% growth in sales. Number of employees tripled. On target to gain a significant share of the market.
BETI PLETIVA D.O.O. Business profile Field of activity: Textiles Year of start-up: 1956 Number of employees: 97 Turnover: €6,010,505 Profits: €109,545 Share of turnover invested in R&D: €595,133/year Tovarniska 2 8330 Metlika Slovenia www.beti.si email: email@example.com Success story FP6 Co-operative
Washcontrol Acrynom: Washcontrol Objective: To develop an on-line sensor-based Washcontrol and water recycling system for use in textile dyeing houses and laundries Results: Washcontrol system results in a least 30% in water savings and more than 20% reduction in energy consumption. Economic impact: Increased productivity by more than 28%. Consume less energy and water. Knited fabrics produced more quickly and higher quality hence more competitive. More environmental production.
METEODYN BUSINESS PROFILE Field of activity: Engineering climatology, Wind Safety, Aerodynamic Comfort systems Year of start-up: 2003 Number of employees: 13 Sales: €650,000 Profits: €220,000 Share of sales invested in R&D: 35% 14 Boulevard Winston Churchill 44100 Nantes France www.meteodyn.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgEmail: email@example.com Success story FP6 Co-operative
Weather Acrynom:Weather Objective: To develop an innovative wind alarm system for terrestrial transport to predict risk. Results:Developed software to provide wind forecasts. Economic impact:Meteodyn has received orders worth €100,000 for TGV network studies. Beijing office now in discussion re major study for 1.000km railway.
Success story FP6 Co- operative PLÁSTICOS DÚREX, S.A. Business profile Field of activity: Transforming of technical plastic and rubber parts Year of start-up: 1947 Number of employees: 73 Sales: €10,000,000 Profits: €500,000 Share of turnover invested in R&D: €400,000/year c/ Dr. Ferrán, 116-118, Pol. Ind. El Montalvo 37008 SalamancaSpain www.plasticosdurex.com firstname.lastname@example.org
ISSEA Acrynom:ISSEA Objective: To obtain integrated security sub- modules in the car manufacturing industry. Results: Developed a complete new process and work methodology Economic impact: 5% increase in sales. New reduced-step process transforming from traditional supply chain model to value chain. Opened up new markets. Improved corporate image.
Acrynom:P2P. Coordination by SME Associations. Objective: Food traceability from farm to fork in the swine value chain! Results:A 22-partner consortium from the P2P project, which officially ended in 2006, have continued working together to create a food traceability software environment called Trace. Providing large numbers of predominantly SMEs in the pork industry with competitive advantage, Trace should help SMEs win business by helping them keep on top of food safety legislation. Success story FP6 Co-operative
Research for the benefit of SMEs: http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/capacities/research- sme_en.html SME TechWeb: ec.europa.eu/research/sme-techweb Get Support http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/get-support_en.html Thank you for your attention !