New programmes provide huge support for SMEs

And first indications from the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) show that SMEs are increasing their share of the research pie. If this positive trend continues, it’s estimated that on average EUR 1 billion in research funding will be made available to SMEs annually throughout FP7’s lifespan.

The small to medium-sized enterprise (SME) Unit is pursuing a comprehensive strategy to optimise SMEs’ participation in and benefit from Community research Framework programmes. The first wave of activities is the implementation of three projects funded under the call FP7-2007-SME-3.

In Points of View we learn that while many SMEs have become reluctant to receive professional consulting advice, mentoring has been a great success.

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Author: EARSC

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