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Focusing and Integrating Community Research, 9. Horizontal Research Activities involving SMEs, Work Programme

Funded under: FP6


The Horizontal Research Activities (Co-operative Research and Collective Research) are specific schemes for SMEs which address primarily the large community of SMEs with capacity to innovate but with limited research capabilities. The budget available for these Horizontal Research Activities is 430 M� of which at least two-thirds will be allocated to Co-operative Research Projects. SMEs are also able to participate in the Sixth Framework Programme in the activities implemented under the Priority Thematic Areas through Integrated Projects (IP), Specific Targeted Research Projects and possibly also through Networks of Excellence (NoE).
An eligible SME is a legal entity that complies with the SME definition set out in the Commission Recommendation 96/280/EC (OJ L107 of 30/04/1996 p.4-9)1 and is not a research centre, research institute, contract research organisation or consultancy firm. A new SME definition2 will enter into force on 1st January 2005, but it will not apply to calls with closure dates in 2004.
The participation of partners from developing countries, Mediterranean partner countries, Western Balkan countries, Russia and the NIS, is particularly welcome in the horizontal activities involving SMEs. A limited budget is available for the funding of these partners.

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