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smE-MPOWER - Empowering SMEs for long-term research interest and increased participation in EU RTD activities

Objective

"smE-MPOWER" demonstrates how high-tech SMEs can be empowered long-term for international RTD activities, and enhances the number of SME driven innovation projects in the context of European Research through the creation of a uniquely resourced pan-European Learning Community of Innovation Coaches and SME Intermediaries. The specific - while not exclusive - focus is the Manufacturing Sector. smE-MPOWER additionally provides regional policy recommendations in order to stimulate improvement of the framework conditions for SME driven research in 10 European regions. It also pursues effective dissemination, purposeful networking for synergies with complementary initiatives, and a Public Demonstration Conference targeting decision makers and SME Intermediaries interested in joining the Coaching Community. The geographically balanced consortium - under the experienced leadership of the Fraunhofer IFF - includes SME networks from Ireland and Cyprus, SME intermediaries from Slowakia, Lithuania, Romania, Switzerland, Israel, and researchers from Germany, France and UK, bridging the worlds of industry and academia. The impact of "smE-MPOWER" will lead to more SME driven proposals in European Research, starting with the first calls of FP7. The resulting European Community of Innovation Coaches, "The PEER-NET", will provide a sustainable European basis for the facilitating and coaching of SME driven innovation projects. And regional innovation policies will be influenced towards a more effective provision of services to research interested high-tech SMEs, especially young and women entrepreneurs. Overall smE-MPOWER models a new approach of empowering SMEs for ownership in self-defined RTD

Call for proposal

FP6-2004-INNOV-5
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Funding Scheme

SSA - Specific Support Action

Coordinator

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Address
Hansastrasse 27 C
Munchen
Germany

Participants (9)

CENTRALE RECHERCHE SA
France
Address
Ecole Centrale De Paris - Grande Voie Des Vignes
Chatenay-malabry
CCSO CENTRE CIM DE SUISSE OCCIDENTALE
Switzerland
Address
Route Du Jura 37
Fribourg
UNIVERSITY OF BRIGHTON
United Kingdom
Address
Lowes Road, Mithras House
Brighton
CENTRUL DE AFACERI TRANSILVANIA
Romania
Address
Blvd. Nicolae Titulescu No.4
Cluj-napoca
LIETUVOS INOVACIJU CENTRAS
Lithuania
Address
T. Sevcenkos 13
Vilnius
REGIONALNE PORADENSKE A INFORMACNE CENTRUM PRESOV
Slovakia
Address
Reimanova 9
Presov
DIGIPRO COMPUTER CONSULTANTS LTD.
Cyprus
Address
65, Neophytou Nicolaides Street
Pafos
PLATO IRELAND NETWORK LTD
Ireland
Address
17 Merrion Street
Dublin
BEACON TECH LTD.
Israel
Address
23 Jacob Meridor St
Tel-aviv