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Building RAPPORT Between Small And Medium-Sized Enterprises And Public Or Private Research Capabilities

Objective

This project has three aims: i) To develop a reference guide of good practices including benchmarks for strengthening the knowledge exchange and transfer between research and SMEs ii) To develop a blueprint paper on new emerging forms of SMEs support for research with the involvement of large corporations in a context where open innovation and public-private partnerships have increasingly gained importance; iii) To engage policy-makers and other stakeholders into a dialogue and ensure the ‘translation’ of the reference guide and the blueprint paper into a roadmap for embedding the more suitable practices and policies. This proposal considers not only the engagement of SMEs into the research process but also enabling SMEs to access developed knowledge and competencies of the research community. In addition to the science-push programmes, it looks into the demand-pull initiatives where the focal SME drives the process. The work puts a strong emphasis on the SMEs of lower absorptive capacity and how to open up their horizons to external research capabilities. Our hypothesis is that if Europe manages to upgrade a significant part of those SMEs, the economic and social benefits will be enormous. The work is deployed through a “funnel” strategy: a) identify the requirements of different types of SMEs b) an Expert Judgment Survey (1000 experts) to map the full range of existing initiatives, c) create key performance indicators to measure their impact, e) investigate in depth the top performing initiatives and f) develop benchmarks for public, private or public-private partnership schemes. The work will be delivered by a multidisciplinary group of academic partners, public and private SME intermediaries with a track record in innovation management and research policy, reinforced by an Advisory Board with top experts. The consortium represents different key regions across Europe and has solid plans for dissemination of results so as to maximise their impact.

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF BRIGHTON

Address

Lewes Road Mithras House
Bn2 4at Brighton

United Kingdom

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 308 983

Administrative Contact

Roseanne Mulgrue (Ms.)

Participants (7)

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BEACON TECH LTD

Israel

EU Contribution

€ 260 224

ASSOCIATION PLATEFORME POUR L INNOVATION

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 148 590

VIESOJI ISTAIGA LIETUVOS INOVACIJU CENTRAS

Lithuania

EU Contribution

€ 112 740

THE UNIVERSITY OF SUSSEX

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 150 152

KNOWLEDGE & INNOVATION CONSULTANTS SYMVOULEFTIKI MONOPROSOPI EPE

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 129 116

VODERA LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 145 627

OTTO-VON-GUERICKE-UNIVERSITAET MAGDEBURG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 167 920

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 245454

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2010

  • End date

    30 June 2012

Funded under:

FP7-SME

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 594 994,80

  • EU contribution

    € 1 423 352

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITY OF BRIGHTON

United Kingdom