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ERA-NET on National and Regional Programmes to Promote Innovation Networking and Co-operation between SMEs and Research Organisations

ERA-NET on National and Regional Programmes to Promote Innovation Networking and Co-operation between SMEs and Research Organisations

Objective

EraSME will network national and regional programmes promoting co-operation between SMEs and research organisations from, initially, 14 European countries, with a commitment to extend the ERA-NET partnership particularly to the new EU member states. The benefits of EraSME will consist of exchanging best practice between and beyond participating programmes in key aspects of design and management, in order to raise programme efficiency, effectiveness and impact. It will be a ?demonstrator? for developing and implementing new strategies of transnational co-operation between programmes with the objective of adding value for both programme participants (SMEs, research organisations) and programme owners. It will create an operational platform for programme owners and managers, with the ultimate objective to establish sustained programme co-operation between member states according to Art. 185 of the EU Treaty. Innovation in European SMEs often suffers from a lack of in-house R&D activities due to high costs and only long-term and hardly predictable RoIs. This situation can be improved by facilitating access to external resources, by contracting R&D organisations, and by collaboration. Unfortunately cultural barriers and the divergent interests of SMEs and research institutes frequently inhibit co-operation between the two. To overcome these barriers and to ?exercise? co-operation, most European countries established programmes providing incentives for SME-research co-operation, some focused on SMEs, some on research organisations, but always aiming at improving co-operation between both. Up to now there is neither a systematic exchange of experience between these programmes in Europe nor any substantial attempt to co-operate at European scale. EraSME will facilitate transnational partnerships of SMEs and research organisations, reduce programme administration costs by joint actions and shared expenses, enhance complementarity at regional, national and European level.

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Coordinator

VDI/VDE INNOVATION + TECHNIK GMBH

Address

Steinplatz 1
10623 Berlin

Germany

Administrative Contact

Wolfgang GESSNER (Mr)

Participants (20)

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INSTITUTE FOR THE PROMOTION OF INNOVATION BY SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY IN FLANDRES

Belgium

TEKES, THE FINNISH AGENCY FOR TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION

Finland

THE FRENCH AGENCY FOR INNOVATION

France

HELLENIC ORGANISATION OF SMALL AND MEDIUM SIZED ENTERPRISES AND HANDICRAFT S.A.

Greece

RANNSOKNAMIDSTOD ISLANDS

Iceland

ENTERPRISE IRELAND

Ireland

SVILLUPO ITALIA TOSCANA S.C.P.A.

Italy

FINLOMBARDA SPA

Italy

SENTERNOVEM

Netherlands

THE RESEARCH COUNCIL OF NORWAY

Norway

THE SWEDISH AGENCY FOR INNOVATION SYSTEMS

Sweden

MINISTRY OF SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION

Denmark

THE MINISTRY OF INDUSTRY AND TRADE

Czechia

ENTERPRISE ESTONIA

Estonia

AGENCY FOR RESEARCH FUND MANAGEMENT AND RESEARCH EXPLOITATION

Hungary

MINISTRY OF HIGHER EDUCATION, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Slovenia

AGÊNCIA DE INOVAÇÃO S.A. - INOVAÇÃO EMPRESARIAL E TRANSFERÊNCIA DE TECNOLOGIA

Portugal

BUNDESMINISTERIUM FÜR WIRTSCHAFT UND TECHNOLOGIE

Germany

CENTRO PARA EL DESARROLLO TECNOLÒGICO INDUSTRIAL

Spain

ÖSTERREICHISCHE FORSCHUNGSFÖRDERUNGSGESELLSCHAFT

Austria

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 11725

  • Start date

    1 August 2004

  • End date

    30 September 2008

Funded under:

FP6-COORDINATION

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 520 375

  • EU contribution

    € 3 520 375

Coordinated by:

VDI/VDE INNOVATION + TECHNIK GMBH

Germany