If you are an SME currently managing a Framework Programme R&D project and you would like to learn best practices and tips to run and exploit successful projects, then make sure you register to attend the next free of charge SME-to-LEAD training sessions taking place in Utrecht, the Netherlands on 15 & 16 of November, Valladolid, Spain on 22 & 23 of November, and in Bucharest, Romania on 13 & 14 of December 2007. More training sessions will be held in the New Year! SME-to-LEAD Free Quality Trainings Open New Opportunities For SMEs In EU 7th Framework Programme The SME population is historically difficult to engage in European Commission Framework Programmes for R&D and many that do participate fail to gain the full potential benefit as they are only passively involved. The SMEtoLEAD initiative funded by European Commission, offers to train SMES to be successful coordinators of research projects. Twenty-four training sessions are planned over two years throughout Europe, hosted by eleven National Contact Point partners and delivered by FP experienced research organisations, Project Technical Advisers (PTA) and an Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) expert from a German legal firm. To date, 9 training sessions have been held, amongst others: in Brussels, Belgium, in Lisbon, Portugal, in Aalborg, Denmark, Lefkosia, Cyprus and in Riga, Latvia. Over 130 participants attended the sessions, the majority of which were SMEs. The feedback so far is very positive and statistics analysed to date from the feedback of the first events give a first-class average of 90% of attendees marking the training as good or excellent! Sergio Pinto from Frontwave - Engenharia e Consultadoria, S.A. participants at the Lisbon training, said: “The trainers are brilliant. I emphasise their professionalism, enthusiasm and knowledge. They make a heavy matter such as this one look easy”. As part of a continuous desire for a high quality service delivery to our target audience, the SMEtoLEAD consortium has secured the endorsement of well-known pan-European organisations active in innovation and FP related areas including INSME and Eurexcel. The S2L training programme has also been awarded the ISO9001 quality certification by the international registered body, RINA. Training information is continuously updated on our internet website www.smetolead.org and future sessions include dates in Utrecht, the Netherlands on 15 & 16 of November, Valladolid, Spain on 22 & 23 of November, and in Bucharest, Romania on 13 & 14 of December 2007. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
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