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  1. Research Executive Agency SMEs in the Corinna AMTING Research Executive Agency Research for the benefit of SMEs KADIGER EU DaysIstanbul17. -18. June 2009

  2. Presentation outline 0. What is REA? • Why are SMEs and R&D important? • Funding for SMEs from the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) • SMEs in “Cooperation” • SMEs in “People” • SMEs in “Capacities” • Research for the benefit of SMEs • Eurostars Eureka Joint Programme • Competitive and Innovation Programme • Enterprise Europe Network • Where to get support near you.

  3. Research Executive Agency (REA) 3 • To support parts of the other indirect actions of FP7 • EC/2008/46 of 14 December 2007 • Located in Brussels • Total budget managed: € 6.5 billion • 2008 – 2017 • Lifetime of FP7 (to 2013), then a run down to 2017 of projects under management • Reviewed every three years • Potential to extend after FP7 Important • All policy remains within the Commission • Legacy contract management will also remain within the Commission (EA mandate only covers FP7)

  4. REA - Tasks • The REA will directly implement some actions: • SME-specific actions (Capacities) • Marie Curie actions (People) • Security and Space actions (Cooperation, DG ENTR) • The REA will providehorizontal services across all programmes: • Run the evaluation facility, proposal reception services and support to proposal evaluation • Provide a central service for contracting and paying evaluators • Provide services for the central participant validation service and financial viability checking • Run the central FP7 enquiry service

  5. REA – Current status 5 • Came into existence on 14 December 2007 • Very rapid expansion phase • 249 staff on 15 June 2009 (558 planned for 2013) • Staff profile: 75% contractual agents; 25% temporary agents; maximum of 27 seconded from the Commission • Settling into new building (in Place Rogier, Brussels) • Staff working alongside RTD teams • Autonomy since 16 June 2009 - take over full implementation of new calls and projects

  6. SMEs and R&D Why should SMEs bother about R&D? 1. The facts: • Global challenges: Environment, Energy, Ageing, Security, Food supply,… • SMEs form 99% of all companies in Europe and are major contributors to growth an employment • SMEs have to respond increasingly to a strong competition in the internal market and globally

  7. SMEs and R&D- Why R&D for SMEs? 2. Possible answers: • SMEs should seize the opportunities offered by the transition to a knowledge-based economy & society • The “global challenges” are opportunities for the SMEs, e.g. the “low-carbon economy” opens many new perspectives • R&D results should enable SMEs to develop new products, processes and services to enhance their competitiveness 3. Added value of the EU: • Foster transnational R&D cooperations involving SMEs • Actions at EU level complement actions taken at national and regional level

  8. R&D Topology of SME Basic SMEs 70% % Technology adopting enterprises 20% Leading Technologyusers <10% Technology pioneers<3% Developing or combining existing technologies on an innovative level High Level researchactivities Adapting existing technologieslow innovative SMEs None or few R&D activities Source: EURAB’s report on “SMEs and ERA”

  9. 7th R&D Framework Programme and SME Aim:SMEs and Research: creating knowledge for growth (turning knowledge into profit) Target: research & technology-driven innovation Means: FP7 provides financial support for trans-national research for and by SMEs wishing to innovate and improve their competitiveness, by enhancing their investment in research activities to acquire new knowledge for growth in Europe's knowledge based economy.

  10. SMEs in FP7 DIFFERENT!!! • A grant for research, not a loan. • 75% funding for SMEs in technological and development activities

  11. Budget allocation to SMEs in FP6 and FP7

  12. Question: what type of SME are you? SMEs and R&D - categories of SMEs I am a user of R&D results I am doing R&D in my company Outsourcing SME R&D-performing SME

  13. FP7 - Opportunities for SMEs R&D Outsourcing SME R&D-performing SME Research for the benefit of SMEs FP7 Cooperation Participation in Joint Programmes of Member States

  14. Over 6000 SMEs participated in FP7 in the first two years Target of 15% SME participation: Cooperation Programme 12.3% funding rate so far achieved. (€1 billion allocated will continue to rise) €6.2 billion in funding for SMEs in FP7 69% of SMEs < 49 employees 31% of SMEs 50-249 employees Current SME participation in FP7

  15. FP7 2007-2013 ‘Cooperation’ budget Budget (€ million, I. Cooperation current prices) 1. Health 6 100 2. Food, agriculture and biotechnology 1 935 3. Information and communication technologies 9 050 4. Nanotechnologies, materials and 3 475 production 5. Energy 2 350 6. Environment 1 890 7. Transport 4 160 8. Socio - economic research 623 9. Space 1 430 1 400 10. Security Total 32 413 * * Not including non - nuclear activities of the Joint Research Centre: €1 751 million

  16. Simplified financial and administrative procedures Dedicated SME strategy under each Theme Identification of areas of particular interest to SMEs in the individual work programmes 75% Research funding rate for SME participants Target of 15 % SMEs in “Cooperation”

  17. Collaborative projects targeted to SMEs “projects targeted to special groups such as SMEs” Stimulate the participation of SMEs Research-intensive SMEs should play a leading role in such projects Requested EC contribution to participating SMEs must in all cases be substantial SMEs in “Cooperation”

  18. Health, ICT, NMP and Transport are the most attractive thematic areas for SMEs SME funding across the themes 3rd Progress report on SME participation

  19. Industry-academia partnerships and pathways (IAPP) Between public and private research organisations based on a common research project and aim to increase the exchange of skills between the two sectors: Staff secondment between academia and industry including SMEs Temporary hosting of experienced researchers from outside partnership 10% financial contribution to small equipment related to SME participation  bottom-up approach, no thematic focus SMEs in FP7 “People”

  20. Research for SMEs: Low to medium technology SMEs with little or no research capability Research intensive SMEs that need to outsource research to complement their core research capability Research for SME associations: SME associations representing their members and their common technical problems  bottom-up approach, no thematic focus “Capacities” – research for the benefit of SMEs

  21. Objectives Strengthen the innovation capacities and competitiveness of SMEs, to develop new products and markets by outsourcing of research. Clear exploitation potential with economic benefits for the SMEs (or for the SME members of the associations) involved. 219 projects have Grant Agreements to date. Research for the benefit of SMEs

  22. Research for the benefit of SMEs Investing in Research SMEsSME Associations RTD-Performers Results & IPR Other enterprises, End users

  23. Special IPR-principle The default regime leaves full ownership of all project results and IPR with those who pay, i.e. the SMEs or the SME Associations. The consortium may however reach a different agreement in their own best interest,as long as the SMEs or SME associations are provided with all the rights needed for their use and dissemination of the results, and they do not pay the full costs of the RTDs. Research for the benefit of SMEs

  24. Research for the benefit of SMEs

  25. Capacities: New calls • Call FP7-SME-2010-1: Research for SMEs * • Publication: July / September 2009 • Closing : 03 December 2009 • Indicative budget: Modest increase on last call 110 M € • Pending decision making process of the Commission • Call FP7-SME-2008-2 : Research for SME Associations • Publication: 03 September 2008 • Closing: 18 December 2008 • Indicative budget: 78.55 M € Closed

  26. Capacities – Research for the Benefit of SMEs SME Beneficiaries in GA by country until 31/12/2008 – first two SME calls

  27. Example Project ULTRAVEG: funded under FP7 SME 2007-1 call • Aim: Development of a high power ultrasound system for the low-cost, fast, effective and quality drying of fruit and vegetables • 5 SMEs from 4 countries and 3 RTD performers • 24 months, EC contribution of EUR1,093,057 € • Project coordinator: Hilal ÜNAL from GÖKSER. Concrete results: The project is still ongoing, first deliverables produced

  28. Workprogramme "Research for the benefit of SMEs" Guides for applicants "Research for SMEs“ and “Research for SME associations” Guide to Intellectual Property Rules for FP7 projects Rules for the submission of proposals These documents and additional information about the open calls are available on the following webpage: http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/dc/index.cfm?fuseaction=UserSite.FP7OpenCallsPage SME Techweb: //ec.europa.eu/research/sme-techweb Important documents

  29. 1. Supporting SMEs outsourcing research activities • - Research for SMEs • - Research for SME associations • 2. Developing and coordinating support to SMEs at national level • - Eurostars  Article 169 Initiative • - ERA-NET projects CORNET and EraSME • - NCP-network (TransCoSME) • 3. Support measures • - Coordination and Support Actions • - Studies Research for the benefit of SMEs Workprogramme

  30. Eurostars is a joint R&D programme between 26 EU Member States (*) and 5 States associated to FP7 (**) Target group: R&D performing SMEs EUR 400 million public funding available between 2008-2013: EUR 100 million from EC and EUR 300 million from participating countries EUREKA Secretariat acts as dedicated implementation structure (*) Austria, Bulgaria, Belgium, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom. (**)Iceland, Israel, Norway, Switzerland and Turkey. Eurostars Joint Programme – Key Features (I) Developing and coordinating support to SMEs at national level

  31. Support for R&D-performing SMEs to: conduct market-oriented R&D in any field perform the core research and to exploit the results be in the driving seat work in small, cross-border consortia (at least two participants from two countries) shorten time to market Easy access through the EUREKA network Integration of national programmes: Single entry point for project applications Common rules, central evaluation Virtual Common pot Eurostars Joint Programme – Key Features (II)

  32. Call 1 - closing date 8 February 2008: 215 project applications About 90 projects will be funded Contract negotiation in advanced stage Call 2 – closing date 21 November 2008: 317 project applications Evaluation completed – Start of negotiations About 85-90 projects considered for funding Key facts on calls 1+2: More than 65% of all applicants are R&D performing SMEs SMEs represent 74% of all participants Based on information provided by the EUREKA Secretariat Eurostars Joint Programme - Calls for proposals

  33. Practical information: 3rd call is closing on 24 September 2009 For more information: http://www.eurostars-eureka.eu Eurostars Joint Programme - Next call deadline

  34. ERA-NET Follow-up of FP6 ERA-NET projects: EraSME and CORNET Increase integration, coverage and number/budget of common calls. Turkey is a member of CORNET II project Network of National Contact Points (NCPs) Identifying and sharing good practices, developing common tools. Supporting less experienced NCPs to rapidly acquire the know-how accumulated in other countries. The Turkish NCP is the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey - TÜBITAK Support to SMEs at National level Developing and coordinating support

  35. EraSME² networks national and regional programmes promoting cooperation between SMEs and Research Organisations from 16 countries Next call deadline: 30 September 2009 More information: http://www.era-sme.net CORNET II networks national and regional programmes from 15 countries promoting collective research Next call deadline: October 2009 (TBC) More information: http://www.cornet-era.net The Turkish participant in CORNET is TÜBITAK ERA-NET actions

  36. The NCP network is the main provider of advice and individual assistance in all Member States and Associated States to FP7. Since NCPs are appointed for each of the areas of FP7, when seeking support you should contact the NCP relevant to the area of interest. http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/ncp_en.html National Contact Points (NCPs) for FP7

  37. SME TechWeb

  38. CIP I What is CIP ? The Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) aims to encourage the competitiveness of European enterprises. With SMEs as its main target, the programme will: • support innovation activities (including eco-innovation); • provide better access to finance and deliver business support • services in the regions; • encourage a better take-up and use of information and communications technologies and help to develop the information society; • promote the increased use of renewable energies and energy efficiency.

  39. CIP II • Time frame: 2007-2013 • Budget: € 3.621 million • Annual work programmes for each of the three specific programmes: • Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programme • ICT Policy Support Programme • Intelligent Energy Europe

  40. Enterprise Europe Network I What is the Enterprise Europe Network? “The world's largest network connecting business to Europe, helping companies to improve and innovate through partnership, information and expert advice.” Objectives: • Support the creation and development of SMEs • Assist and inform SMEs on EU activities, opportunities and funding • Feedback on views and problems of entrepreneurs Values: • Customer-orientation, expertise and quality • Mutual trust, cooperation and networking • Multicultural • “One stop shop – No wrong door”

  41. Enterprise Europe Network II Services offered to SMEs • Awareness raising & access to information • Feedback platform • Best practices, innovative ideas • Expand to new markets, find cooperation partners • Technology and knowledge transfer • Stimulate the capacity to innovate • Support to research funding

  42. Enterprise Europe Network III A growing active Network • Started in 2008 • Building on the experience & know how of the EICs and IRCs • Budget 2007-2013: €320 million • Under the supervision by DG Enterprise (European Commission) • and managed by the Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation (EACI) • Offers support and advice to companies across Europe • 554 Network partners in 44 countries: more than 3,000 experts • serving SMEs

  43. SME TechWeb:http://ec.europa.eu/research/sme-techwebCORDIShttp://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/get-support_en.htmlEU SME Portalhttp://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/entrepreneurship/sme_policy.htmNCP Turkeyhttp://www.fp7.org.trCompetiveness and Innovation Programmehttp://ec.europa.eu/cipEnterprise Europe Networkhttp://www.enterprise-europe-network.ec.europa.eu Get support