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The Innovation Programme is one of the EC Fourth Framework Programmes. It has three interdependent objectives: promotion of an environment favourable to innovation and the absorption of new technologies by enterprises; stimulation of a European open area for the dissemination of knowledge; supply of this area with appropriate technologies. This publication is a call for Proposals and forms part of the actions to be implemented by the Innovation Programme under the first above-mentioned objective. The use of Innovation Management Techniques (IMTs) in a company facilitates the absorption of innovation in that company. These techniques include marketing of innovation, technology watch, management of intellectual property rights, quality management, design and value analysis. Projects to strengthen the know how of national and regional organizations, either in the public or private sector, promoting IMTs among small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs); accompanying measures fostering transnational exchange of knowledge and methodological practice in the promotion and use of IMTs in SMEs.
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