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SMEs in STREPs under FP6

Funded under: FP6


This publication sets out the benefits to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) of participating in the European Commission's Framework Programmes (FP) for Research and Technological Development. In particular, it covers SME participation in STREPs - Specific Targeted Research Projects - that have particular advantages for SMEs. Actual examples of STREPs are presented to show the many positive experiences and tangible benefits that SMEs gain through their participation in such projects.
Considering that many of Europe's large companies started life from small business activities, often family-run, the importance EU policy-makers give to today's small and medium-sized companies is unsurprising. Among Europe's 25 million SMEs are the seeds of future world-market leaders that will carry the results of European research and know-how towards the global economy. Some of these potential market leaders will grow into large firms with mass markets; other will stay small or medium-sized occupying niche markets in cutting-edge technologies and services. Whether large or small, they will all compete in the global knowledge economy, taking the best of European technology and innovation to customers worldwide.

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Record Number: 7351 / Last updated on: 2006-04-27
Category: STUD