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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.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/innovation management

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2009-1
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Funding Scheme

CSA-SA - Support actions

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)

BEACON TECH LTD
Israel
EU contribution
€ 260 224
Address
Golda Meir St 3
74036 Ness Ziona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Yoram Lev-Yehudi (Mr.)
ASSOCIATION PLATEFORME POUR L INNOVATION
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 148 590
Address
Rue De Romont 33
1701 Fribourg
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Irene Cotting (Ms.)
VIESOJI ISTAIGA LIETUVOS INOVACIJU CENTRAS
Lithuania
EU contribution
€ 112 740
Address
T. Sevcenkos 13
LT-03223 Vilnius
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Kastytis Gecas (Dr.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF SUSSEX
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 150 152
Address
Sussex House Falmer
BN1 9RH Brighton
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Rossana Dowsett (Ms.)
KNOWLEDGE & INNOVATION CONSULTANTS SYMVOULEFTIKI MONOPROSOPI EPE
Greece
EU contribution
€ 129 116
Address
Pentelis Avenue 104 Metamorfoseos 1
15234 Chalandri
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ioannis Geragotellis (Mr.)
VODERA LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 145 627
Address
Appleton Court 1 Calder Park
WF2 7AR Wakefield
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Costis Kompis (Dr.)
OTTO-VON-GUERICKE-UNIVERSITAET MAGDEBURG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 167 920
Address
Universitaetsplatz 2
39106 Magdeburg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Annegret Brandau (Ms.)