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Final Report - SCRATCH PHASE IV (Support for SMEs collaborative aeronautical technical research)

Project ID: 510981
Funded under: FP6-AEROSPACE


SCRATCH PHASE IV was a Specific Support Action (SSA) funded by the European Commission (EC) under the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6), with a duration of 24 months. It was represented by a partnership of 20 associations or firms which all had significant experience with European research and technology support programmes.

The specific document summarises the results achieved by the previous phases of SCRATCH and provides an overview of the SCRATCH PHASE IV project objectives, the work performed by the partners, and compares project achievements with expected results. One of the major objectives of the SCRATCH PHASE IV project was to allocate 15 % of the total financial resources assigned to integrating research thematic programs to Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).

Aerospace SMEs were interested in having more access to the European funded research but were facing important difficulties due to a lack of training mechanisms. Accompanying measures in the FP6 Aerospace Thematic Priority had created a significant step forward. SMEs awareness had considerably increased, expressed needs from SMEs were actual; nevertheless, a large amount of work remains to be accomplished in order to help SMEs in creation of effective consortia and in preparation of successful serviced SME Specific Targeted Research Project (STREP) SSAs.

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