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August 4, 2009

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The 2009 call for applications for the FP7 Capacities Work Programme: Research for the Benefit of SMEs is now open.

Funding available: It is proposed to use €136.84 million of the FP7 budget for the Research for SMEs call.

Closing date: 3rd December 2009

Project activity Research for the Benefit of SMEs funding provides financial support to SMEs for outsourcing research and technological development, with the view of acquiring intellectual property rights – preferably ownership, of the project results.

The scheme follows a bottom-up approach, meaning that it can be carried out in the entire field of science and technology. FP7 support targets projects that aim to create new knowledge or achieve results with a clear exploitation potential to improve or develop new products, processes or services which meet the needs of the participating SMEs. This scheme is not a suitable instrument to solve short-term technological problems, but can assist companies in acquiring technological know-how and accessing international networks for their medium to long-term business development.

Funding requirements:

At least 3 SME participants (from three different Member States or Associated countries) and 2 Research & Technological Development (RTD) performers (independent from any other participant) are required.

Further information: Full call details are now on the CORDIS web site

Please contact the European Office if you require further information on this or any other European funding streams.

February 27, 2009

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» Reminder - European Funding Support for SMEs event and MATERA+ call

Event: Increasing the Research and Development Capacity of Small to Medium Sized Companies (SMEs) with European funding – Support for SMEs in Framework Programme 7

Date: Tuesday, 10th March 2009

Time: 1130h – 1600h Venue: Celtic Suite, Colchester Avenue, UWIC

Event overview: Small to medium sized enterprises often face barriers when aiming to innovate and develop their business through research and development because they lack the capacity to undertake R&D.;

There are a number of programmes funded by the European Commission intended to support these activities in small to medium sized enterprises. Many of these involve working in European consortia with other SMEs as well as Universities and Research Centres.

Who should attend: Managers (quality; production; product development) of Small to Medium Sized Enterprises; Staff from Universities and Research Centres; Other enterprises or end-users of SME products and technologies.

What you will learn: This event will provide information on the funding available to support SMEs using Universities and Research Centres as R&D; partners, as well as opportunities for networking and discussion. There will be opportunity for one to one discussions with the National Contact Point for SMEs, Emil Kazounis, in the afternoon. Programme: see attached document

For further information on this FP7 event at UWIC, please contact: Dr. Peter Quantick, UWIC. e-mail: pquantick@uwic.ac.uk

If you would like to attend this event, please complete the response sheet attached.

If you are interested in applying for FP7 funding, please contact the University of Glamorgan’s European Office for advice and assistance.

Additionally, Malcolm Harold of the Technology Strategy Board who will be available on the 10th March to give a presentation about the Matera+ programme which is being launched this month.

The presentation will commence at 1045h on the 10th March in the Celtic Suite finishing at c. 12 noon.

The MATERA+ call is for transnational, interdisciplinary, innovative R&D; projects related to materials science and engineering in certain European countries and regions, including the UK.

Topics to be addressed in the 2009 Call include:

Multi-functional Materials

Engineering Structural Materials

Bio-based Materials and Bio-inspired Materials

The presentation consists of delivery of background information about Matera+ and a series of case studies showing how businesses have become involved in funded R&D; Programmes and benefitted from them. CSO can assist with TSB funding applications.

February 6, 2009

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» European Funding Support for SMEs event

Event: Increasing the Research and Development Capacity of Small to Medium Sized Companies (SMEs) with European funding – Support for SMEs in Framework Programme 7

Date: Tuesday, 10th March 2009

Time: 1130h – 1600h

Venue: Celtic Suite, Colchester Avenue, UWIC

Event overview: Small to medium sized enterprises often face barriers when aiming to innovate and develop their business through research and development because they lack the capacity to undertake R&D.;

There are a number of programmes funded by the European Commission intended to support these activities in small to medium sized enterprises. Many of these involve working in European consortia with other SMEs as well as Universities and Research Centres.

Who should attend: Managers (quality; production; product development) of Small to Medium Sized Enterprises; Staff from Universities and Research Centres; Other enterprises or end-users of SME products and technologies.

What you will learn: This event will provide information on the funding available to support SMEs using Universities and Research Centres as R&D; partners, as well as opportunities for networking and discussion. There will be opportunity for one to one discussions with the National Contact Point for SMEs, Emil Kazounis, in the afternoon.

Programme: see attached document

For further information on this FP7 event at UWIC, please contact: Dr. Peter Quantick, UWIC. e-mail: pquantick@uwic.ac.uk

If you would like to attend this event, please complete the response sheet attached.

If you are interested in applying for FP7 funding, please contact the University of Glamorgan’s European Office for advice and assistance.