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Focusing and Integrating Community Research, 9. Horizontal Research Activities involving SMEs, Work Programme, Annex 6

Funded under: FP6-SME

Abstract

The Horizontal Research Activities (Co-operative Research and Collective Research) are specific schemes for SMEs which address primarily the large community of SMEs with capacity to innovate but with limited research capabilities. The budget available for these Horizontal Research Activities has increased from 430 M EUR to 473 M EUR in line with the topping up of the Framework Programme. At least two-thirds of the budget will be allocated to Co-operative Research Projects. SMEs are also able to participate in the Sixth Framework Programme in all the activities, in particular those under the Priority Thematic Areas, through Integrated Projects (IP), Specific Targeted Research Projects and Networks of Excellence (NoE).
From 1 January 2005 an eligible SME, for the purpose of the Horizontal Research Activities involving SMEs, is a legal entity that complies with the SME definition set out in the Commission Recommendation 2003/361/EC(OJ L124 of 20.05.2003 p. 36-41) and is not a research centre, research institute, contract research organisation or consultancy firm.
The participation of partners from developing countries, Mediterranean partner countries, Western Balkan countries, Russia and the NIS, is particularly welcome in the Horizontal Research Activities involving SMEs. A limited budget is available for the funding of these partners.

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Record Number: 6951 / Last updated on: 2005-09-01
Category: WORK