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The new SME definition, increased opportunities in EU research

Funded under: FP6-SME


Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are key players in the transformation of the European knowledge economy. Their ability to apply, adapt and spread new technologies, as well as to create and develop them, is unique. Realising the full potential of SMEs is an essential part of the European Union�s strategy for maintaining prosperity and high-quality employment.
The European Commission is keen that all technology oriented SMEs should consider participating in its Research Framework Programmes. In the current programme, it has earmarked more than �2.1 billion of research funding directly for SME participants. There are special measures to facilitate their involvement and to ensure that much of the research carried out is of immediate relevance to their needs.

Additional information

Authors: No author stated, European Commission, DG Enterprise, Brussels (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: Luxembourg, Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, 2005, Leaflet, free of charge
Availability: EUR-OP reference: KI-64-04-655-EN-D Available from European Commission, Enterprise DG: - Documentation Centre Fax: +32 2 296 9930 E-mail:
Record Number: 200518162 / Last updated on: 2005-06-13
Original language: en
Available languages: en