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Boosting 4 ACC NCPs and their customers to advanced partnership, entrepreneurship and competitiveness for FP6 participation through expanded area of action by networking, training and coaching

Final Report Summary - BOOSTING BALTIC FP6 (Boosting 4 ACC NCPs and their customers to advanced partnership, entrepreneurship and competitiveness for FP6 participation ...)

The project BOOSTING BALTIC FP6 ran for 32 months from June 2004 to January 2007. BOOSTING BALTIC FP6 constituted an integrated set of networking, training and coaching measures and worked parallel on two target groups: The primary target group was the four project partner National contact points (NCPs), located in four New Members States (NMS) and, as a show-case model for sufficient technology transfer, the local Life Science research communities in the same four NMS: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland. The project included knowledge formation and dissemination activities.

The NCPs competence lift and expanded area of action was reached through networking of the partners with the following aims:
- best practice exchange;
- in-depth analysis for the optimisation of NCP tasks;
- training workshops on specific Sixth Framework Program (FP6) and Seventh Framework Program (FP7) issues and European Union (EU) application knowledge; and
- coached setup of national NCP events in the NMS.
This advanced their area of action and promoted advanced partnerships and competitiveness.

The life sciences community competence lift and expanded area of action was achieved through FP6 and FP7 information seminars and hands-on supervised workshops to identify and motivate potential collaboration for joint activities. The life sciences community was introduced to a regional expert panel and to ScanBalt competences; this accelerated the linkage to specialists in all relevant fields in the ScanBalt life science community.

Informational activities such as competence mapping, an electronic guide to EU proposal writing, publications and a partner search guide has backed both target groups' need for new knowledge on local and regional capabilities.

BOOSTING BALTIC FP6 based on the close cooperation of ScanBalt, Steinbeis Technology Transfer, Vinnova (former Swedish EU Research and Development Council) and the NCPs and partners in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland, facilitating mutual exchange and learning processes.

BOOSTING BALTIC FP6 has been linked directly to several ScanBalt activities.The total budget for the project amounted to about EUR 880 000. About 60 % was spent for personal cost, about 10 % for travels (at least 100 trips) and 8 % for marketing and events.

The project achieved all planned deliverables and milestones. The most prominent were:
- a series of 16 workshops and seminars;
- a ScanBalt partner search guide; and
- an electronic guide to FP7.

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