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Work Programme 2010, Capacities, Part 2: Research For The Benefit Of Smes (European Commission (2009)5905 of 29 July 2009)

Funded under: FP7-SME


A major objective of FP7 is to strengthen industrial competitiveness. SMEs generate most jobs and develop innovative products and services in the European economy. They are therefore key actors for the implementation of FP7.
The main aim of the Capacities programme for SMEs is to enhance the research and innovation capacities of European SMEs which have little or no research capacities themselves and have to outsource research to specialised RTD-performers. This is usually achieved through two types of measures - 'Research for SMEs' and 'Research for SME Associations' - which constitute the core activities of the programme. The aim is that the participating SMEs become more competitive and their capacity to collaborate with the 'research community' is enhanced, addressing in such a way the ERA objective of bringing industry closer to research and academia.
Furthermore, enhanced SME participation in the Research and Innovation activities (both in quantitative and qualitative terms) is pursued through coordination and support actions.

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