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This study reviews the participation of SMEs in the 4th EU RTD Framework Programme (FP4). It describes the characteristics of the SMEs participating in different project types, the information and assistance tools they used, the difficulties they encountered as well as the benefits obtained.

This information contained in the study provides a clearer picture of how and why SMEs participate in EU research projects.

The study has been used for designing the specific measures aimed at increasing and facilitating the participation of SMEs in the forthcoming 5th RTD Framework Programme (1998-2002), as proposed in the Thematic Programmes and in the Horizontal Programme on \"Innovation and Participation of SMEs\".

A draft of the accompanying statistics can be found at

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