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SMEs in Health Research, Synopses of projects funded through the SME call for "Life sciences, genomics and biotechnology for health"



Hundreds of research-intensive small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) are active in the health sector. In recognition of their innovative potential, scientific strength and strategic importance, a special effort was made to involve them in the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6), where a very successful 'SME call' was published with a budget of EUR 200 million.
As a result of this call, 270 SMEs in the health and biotech sector, acceded to a leading role as key players and driving forces in the research activities of 86 EU-funded projects, receiving more than 40 % of the EU contribution.
This publication presents those 86 projects and aims to illustrate the EU's commitment to health research, bringing together transnational and multidisciplinary expertise from both industry and academia.

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