EURO-TRANS_DAYSProject ID: 44599
Promoting and facilitating the participation of SMEs in FP7 EU RTD projects in Surface Transport - automotive, railways, waterborne
Total cost:EUR 216 578
EU contribution:EUR 180 000
Topic(s):SUSTDEV-2005-188.8.131.52.4 - Research domain 2.2 (only for a new generation of products and systems in waterborne transport), research domain 2.3 (for all types of transport vehicles and vessels excluding passenger cars), research domain 2.4 and research domain 2.6.
Call for proposal:FP6-2002-TRANSPORT-2See other projects for this call
Funding scheme:SSA - Specific Support Action
SMEs are major actors in technology development and innovation, but are too fragmented. Very few of them can reasonably claim to address directly R&D challenges which are becoming increasingly complex and often require an interdisciplinarity critical mass. The EURO-TRANS_Days is to encourage, facilitate and enhance cooperation between SMEs of Surface Transport (road, rail, waterborne and intermodality), and major European RD players and Industrial Stakeholders of the European Research Area. EURO-TRANS_Days is a follow-up of EURO-TRANS project and it aims at: - increasing the integration of SMEs in European R&D projects of the 7th Framework Programme:2nd call FP7 - Transport - initiating new European partnerships (FP7, Eureka/Era-net, bi- or tri-national projects) - increasing technology transfer and synergies between SMEs (cooperation agreements such as sharing and combining knowledge and know-how) - increase links with the Transport Technology Platforms ERRAC, ERTRAC, WATERBORNE These objectives will be achieved through the realization of: - TWO INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOPS in WARSAW (PL), Oct 2007 and PARIS (FR) Jan/Feb 2008. Each of them will include presentations of Technology Platforms ERRAC, ERTRAC, WATERBORNE (strategic research agenda, themes of future FP7 projects), sessions (thematic/sectorial workshops; horizontal workshops on consortium agreement, IPR), one to one confidential meetings, coaching appointments. 200-300 participants per event are expected from all 25 EU members, candidates countries, associate countries and third countries. - coaching services for SMEs to assist them in finding partners, identifying opportunities to participate in new projects, initiating projects from their own ideas, identification of SME's expertise, preparation of proposal. These services will be carried out before, during and after the events. EURO-TRANS website will be used as support for organisation and promotion of the events, and the coaching.