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Engaging SMEs with IST related European Technology Platforms

Engaging SMEs with IST related European Technology Platforms

Objective

EPISTEP will enable SMEs participation in the FP6 and FP7 according to the Economic and Technological Intelligence guidelines with the goal to explore how to enhance their presence in the three IST European Technology Platforms (ETP), namely mobile communications, embedded systems and nano-electronics. This objective will be realised through two different paths, viz a web based portal to facilitate the exchange and sharing of information as well as contacts among SMEs operating in these three areas and organisation of missions, brokerage events, workshops and technical assistance. Main activities are :
1 Establish formal cooperation agreements with each of three ETPs.
2 Identify and contact of SMEs operating in the market sectors of mobile communications, embedded systems and nano-electronics
3 Raise awareness of SMEs of their specific interests and capabilities of operating in the IST ETPs
4 Appraisal of the capability of SMEs to successfully operate in this evolving market sector
5 Provide an ongoing interface with the three IST ETPs by establishing an open, broad third tier cooperation framework to provide two way access between the platforms and the broader related SME population
6 Identify IST ETP projects and calls for proposals of interest to the identified SMEs
7 Identify roles SMEs can play in IST ETPs
8 Realise a web portal to facilitate and optimise support and dissemination activities
9 Awareness and training of SMEs through the organisation of national workshops and training sessions
10 Engage SMEs with ETPs by taking them on missions to meet platform members
11 Organise trans-national brokerage events and other partner-search activities
12 Technical assistance and help desk for SMEs in the proposal and contract preparation phases
13 Ongoing dissemination and exploitation activities
14 Assessment of results and feedback to the European Commission
15.Production of a Methodology Assessment Report

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Coordinator

TARGETING INNOVATION LIMITED

Address

Atrium Court, 50 Waterloo Street
Glasgow

United Kingdom

Administrative Contact

Caroline GRAY-STEPHENS (Mrs)

Participants (25)

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ENTERPRISE IRELAND

Ireland

CAMERA DI COMMERCIO INDUSTRIA ARTIGIANATO ED AGRICOLTURA DI TORINO

Italy

STEINBEIS-EUROPA-ZENTRUM DER STEINBEIS STIFTUNG FUER WIRTSCHAFTSFOERDERUNG

Germany

TURKU SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

Finland

SIHTASUTUS ARCHIMEDES

Estonia

ALMA CONSULTING GROUP

France

NATIONAL MICROELECTRONICS INSTITUTE

United Kingdom

SOA SERVICES LIMITED

United Kingdom

INNOVATION CENTRES (SCOTLAND) LIMITED

United Kingdom

INVESTNET LIMITED

Ireland

ICT TURKU OY AB

Finland

UNIVERSITY OF TURKU

Finland

EUROPEAN BUSINESS ASSOCIATES SRL

Italy

AGENZIA PER LA PROMOZIONE DELLA RICERCA EUROPEA

Italy

SC EUROGRAPH RAM IMPEX SRL

Romania

URSIT LTD

Bulgaria

ZENTRUM FUER INNOVATION UND TECHNIK IN NRW GMBH

Germany

EFP CONSULTING LTD

Israel

ÖSTERREICHISCHE FORSCHUNGSFÖRDERUNGSGESELLSCHAFT MBH

Austria

VIESOJI ISTAIGA LIETUVOS INOVACIJU CENTRAS

Lithuania

SLOVENSKA TECHNICKA UNIVERZITA V BRATISLAVE

Slovakia

AGENCE BRUXELLOISE POUR L'ENTREPRISE ASBL (BRUSSELS ENTERPRISE AGENCY)

Belgium

RADET FÖR FORSKNINGS- OCH UTVECKLINGSSAMARBETE INOM EU

Sweden

EUTEMA TECHNOLOGY MANAGEMENT GMBH

Austria

SVENSKA VERKET FÖR INNOVATIOSSYSTEM

Sweden

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 23295

  • Start date

    15 September 2005

  • End date

    14 April 2008

Funded under:

FP6-INNOVATION

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 145 901

  • EU contribution

    € 2 145 901

Coordinated by:

TARGETING INNOVATION LIMITED

United Kingdom