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The "Specific support actions" (SSA) stimulate exploitation of EC-funded Framework Programme project results by creating a focal point for their dissemination to an audience of entrepreneurial business executives from EU Member States, candidate countries, developing countries and elsewhere, and by facilitating the initiation of contacts between those executives and researchers within the Thematic Priority 5 "Food Quality and Safety".

TRAINNET FUTURE - "Training Network for National Contact Points and support organisations with special focus on Candidate Countries in the areas of Food Quality and Safety"

The overall objective is to raise the quantity and quality of research projects by supporting the research communities in Candidate Countries with tailor-made information, assistance and services.
Its core activities relate to "Linking with Candidate Countries", "Promotion of SME participation" and "Realisation of ERA objectives.
The consortium includes 26 partners from 25 countries.

Contact: Dora Groo, Hungarian Science and Technology Foundation, Hungary
Email: (email removed)

POLFOOD - "Research and innovation in food technologies - brokering European partnership and transfer of knowledge to Poland by series of practical workshops"
The aim of the POLFOOD project is to promote among the researchers and industry operating in the Polish food sector participation in FP6, Priority 5 "Food quality and safety" research and development projects. Each partner will conduct one workshop dealing with the most current problem of his region together with researchers, enterprises, including SMEs, business support organisations and public control institutions representing the food sector will familiarise themselves with the results of EU and Polish research projects.

Contact: Elzbieta Ksiazek, Adam Mickiewicz University Foundation, Poland
Email: (email removed)

BIOPRODUCTS 4 FOOD - "Disseminating the results of EC-funded research into food quality and safety to facilitate transfer and exploitation into new products and processes to improve European health and well-being"
BioProducts 4 Food will promote and facilitate the exploitation of European advances in plant and microbial biotechnology into products, processes and practices to improve food quality and safety and thus improve European health and well-being and will bring together and connect European and International plant and microbial biotechnology scientists, SMEs, industrialists, incubators, financiers, patent agents and others involved, from fork to farm, in the development and commercialisation of food products, processes and practices to improve health.
Contact: Stephen James, Rothamsted Research Ltd, United Kingdom.
Email: (email removed)
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CEC ANIMAL SCIENCE - "Support to animal science organisations from central Europe Candidate Countries"
Among other objectives, this project supports researchers and SMEs originated from the candidate countries in the animal science sector to participate in the activities of the Priority 5 "Food Quality and Safety". The consortium includes 15 partners from Central Europe. Organisations from FR, IT and IL, specialised in the agribusiness will also participate to the project.
Contact: Marc Ponsar, Euroquality, France.
Email: (email removed)
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GUTHEALTH SUPPORT - "Networking in Candidate countries towards food, GI-tract functionality and human health'
The events will be designed to promote education of Candidate countries research groups, industry (SME) (food, biotech and pharma) and consumer groups for innovation of EU research in foods for gut. They will demonstrate how this research is translated into products that they can access and how these products can benefit the human health. The consortium includes 3 partners from FR, FI and NL.

Contact: Dr Maria Saarela, VTT, Finland
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IRFOS - "Integration of European food safety research from producers to consumers"
IRFOS has set up a steering group of top European and international experts to promote networking at the highest level on the crucial topic of food safety and to oversee two conferences that will provide the material for its recommendations. A series of parallel workshops will also use the projects in FP5 and FP6 as a basis for their discussions. They will cover: SMEs and how they can be involved; dissemination and evaluation of results; the tools of the Framework Programmes.

Contact: Gérard Pascal, INRA, France.
Email: (email removed)

CHANNEL - "Opening channels of communication between Associated Candidate Countries and the EU in Ecological Farming"

This Specific Support Action coordinated from Hungary and involving ten New Member States and Candidate Countries will create a database of information on organic agriculture in these states with the aim of breaking down barriers to communication, and integrating these central and eastern European countries in the international organic research community.

Contact: Laszlo Radics, Szent Istvan - University Budapest, Hungary.
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QUALITYMEAT - "Survey on the research landscape in the Associated Candidate Countries for monitoring and promoting Good Quality Meat production"

The whole food chain from farm to fork of Poultry and Pork Meat This two-year Specific Support Action will help surveying the research landscape in these countries for monitoring and promoting good quality meat production. It aims to facilitate about 12 new research projects in the safety of poultry and pig meat sector, as regards these countries, and will focus on topics such as disease detection, animal nutrition and breeding.

Contact: Anna Pytko, Institute of Fundamental Technological Research, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland.
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CEAF - "Stimulating participation of Central Europe in the Agri-Food Sector in FP6"

The New Member States in central Europe have extensive experience and scientific expertise in cultivating fruit and flowers, but the pursuit of scientific programmes has been hampered by a shortage of funding. This Specific Support Action will assist these countries in participating in European research community programmes (how to identify available support, and how to submit project proposals) by involving experts from the European Commission and the Netherlands, and research institutes and SMEs in the flower and fruit sector from Poland, Slovakia, Latvia, Hungary and Estonia.

Contact: Bozena Romanowicz, Institute of Fundamental Technological Research, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland.
Email: (email removed)

The "Economic and Technological Intelligence" (ETI) activities address a specific research theme or industrial sector. They are a vital component of the competitive research & innovation strategies in FP6 and have the global objective to support the 15% SME-funding effort within the Thematic Priorities. Several projects address the food area (TP5), the overall objective is to support and foster the participation of SMEs & SME groupings in Life Sciences projects of the 6th EU Framework Programme (FP6). Particular attention will be devoted to SME participation in Integrated Projects and Networks of Excellence. Summary information is given below with the contact person.


RURAL ETINET - "Economic and Technological Intelligence project to facilitate SMEs in Rural Areas to participate in the Sixth Framework Programme"
The aim of this ETI is to set up and manage a network comprised of a series of sub networks of SMEs, with SME representatives and organisations that work with SME businesses in rural areas. The consortium includes 11 partners from UK, AT, IT, SE, TR, BG, CY, GR, IS, RO & SK.
Contact: Catherine Holt, Beta Technology Ltd., United Kingdom.
Email: (email removed)

DETECT-IT - "A dedicated network of incubators to detect and favour SME participation in FP6"
The overall objective of the DETECT-IT project is to mobilise a network of 30 EC Business Innovation Centres (BICs) incubators in 15 European countries (including 3 NAC countries) to identify and encourage small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to participate in FP6 (sixth framework programme) research projects using the support of the appropriate National Contact Point (NCP). The consortium includes 20 partners from BE, CZ, FI, FR, DE, GR, HU, IE, IT & NL.
Contact: Siobhan McQuaid, EBN-European Business & Innovation Centre Network, Belgium.
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SMEsforFOOD - "Specific Support action to improve the participation of SMEs in Integrated projects and Networks of Excellence in the Food Quality and Safety sector"
The proposed initiative will provide help and assistance to food safety and quality SMEs in view of their successful participation in IP and NoE within the food safety and quality Thematic Priority of the 6th Framework Programme, and other priorities targeting Food quality and safety thematic. The consortium includes 19 partners from FR, AT, CH, PT, NL, TR, ES, IS, BE, IT, CY, GR, DK, HU, PL & CZ.
Contact: Michel Ganoote, ANVAR, France
e-mail: (email removed)
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FISH - "Facilitating Innovation for Sustainable Fisheries and Marine Resources"
The FISH project will support the participation of SMEs in FP6 research activities within the industrial sector of Fisheries and Marine Resources. The FISH project will provide in-depth assistance services such as technology audits, mediation for project participation, broader awareness, assistance and dissemination services to SMEs within the 12 participating countries (NO, IS, GR, CY, IT, PT, ES, FR, PL, UK, SE & NL).
Contact: Terje Bakken, IRC Norway/SINTEF Industrial Management; Norway.
Email: (email removed)
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NATIBS - "New approaches and tools for incubated biotechs SMEs to enhance participation in the 6th FP"
The main objective of NATIBS is to define and build new frameworks to involve newly-created high tech and biotech companies in the 6th FP. The basic philosophy of NATIBS is to act in a concrete way and to have preliminary works directly aimed at putting together actors of the 6th FP and biotech SMEs. Moreover the goal is to use the technology audits of biotech SMEs to detect not only their abilities to participate in the 6th FP, but also their barriers to innovate and the tools that may improve their situation. The consortium includes 9 partners from FR, DE, ES, SE, EE & IL.
Contact: Jérôme Billé and David Blondiaux, Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie de l'Essonne, France.
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TALENTSCOUT - "TALENTed SMEs for EU COmpeTitiveness in Biotech diagnostic applications"
The aim is to stimulate the full use of the dynamic and potential of European SMEs in Thematic Priority 5: Food Quality & Safety by networking their capacities and activities with regard to research, innovation and technology transfer enhancing relationships between SMEs, reduce European Biotech Industry fragmentation by creating synergies and interactions between research and innovation activities carried out at national, regional and European level and to improve SMEs growth and longevity by supporting them in diversifying, in quality and in quantity, financing sources. The consortium includes 12 partners from IT, DE, ES, UK, GR, FR, CZ & PL.
Contact: Antonella Vulcano, Innova SpA, Italy.
Email: (email removed)
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Innovation Relay Centres are part of a pan-European technology transfer network, with thematic groups in the life science areas. Their principal mission is the dissemination and exploitation of RTD results, but they may help identify suitable SME partners.

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