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Economic and Technological Intelligence (ETI) projects for SMEs - Volume 1, EUR 21449

Funded under: FP6


The Economic and Technological Intelligence (ETI) project scheme is supported under the �Research and Innovation actions� of the EU�s Sixth Research Framework Programme (FP6, 2002-2006), which has an overall budget of EUR 46 million.
Launched under the previous Fifth Research Framework Programme (FP5), the first ETI projects used dedicated networks and information sources to promote innovation in SMEs, to gather, analyse and disseminate information on technological developments, applications and markets relevant to SMEs, and to identify and disseminate best practice.
In FP6, this approach has been focused on helping SMEs in specific sectors to take part in FP6's mainstream research projects - Integrated Projects and Networks of Excellence - as a way of improving their competitiveness. The projects' generic goals are:
- the creation of groupings of SMEs with shared innovation needs;
- the participation of SMEs and SME groupings in FP6 research projects;
- the promotion of trans-regional co-operation between SMEs and networks of industrial incubators.
The projects typically last for three years, with a total budget of around �2 million. Most are carried out by intermediary organisations such as SME National Contact Points, industrial federations, professional associations, and chambers of commerce.
This folder contains profiles of 24 projects from the first FP6 ETI call, prepared in the months immediately following their official launch. Similar folders, presenting a selection of projects from the FP6's first Co-operative Research and Collective Research calls, are also available. All FP6 projects can be found on the SME Techweb.

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