Opportunities for Macedonian SME's in FP7


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Presentation held by Ms. Anita Grozdanov- Faculty of Technology and metallutrgy as a part of the WINS ICT Call7 Session at the 8th SEEITA and 7th MASIT Open Days Conference, 14th-15th October, 2010

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Opportunities for Macedonian SME's in FP7

  1. 1. Opportunities for Macedonian SME’s in FP7 Dr. Anita Grozdanov, Faculty of Technology and metallurgy NCP-SME, NCP NMP R. Macedonia
  2. 2. “Triangle of Knowledge” Research Growth and Jobs Education Innovation Knowledge is at the core of the Lisbon agenda, and underpins all its elements. Research and technology are, together with education and innovation, the components of the “Triangle of knowledge”.
  3. 3. What is the Seventh Framework Programme? •The Seventh Framework Programme (2007-2013) of the European Community for Research, Technological Development and Demonstration Activities €50.5 billionΞ £35 billion = £35,000,000,000 •Building the Europe of Knowledge •The biggest Research Programme in the World
  4. 4. The Structure of FP7 4 specific programmes Cooperation – 9 Thematic Areas/ Priorities Ideas – Scientific Excellence – Think SFI!! People – Marie Curie Capacities - SMEs, regional potential, Science in Society and international cooperation.
  5. 5. Overview of the European SMEs European SMEs: • 23 Million enterprises • 75 Million jobs • 2/3 privet jobs in Europe are in SMEs • 99% of all European enterprises Micro-businesses dominate employment in countries such as Italy (48%) and Greece (57%), whilst the share of large enterprises in total employment in the United Kingdom is over 45%. “Small firms are in fact the real giants of the European economy” Source: Eurostat (2005)
  6. 6. Categories of SME 70 60 50 Basic SMEs 70% 40 Technology adopting enterprises % Leading 30 20% Technology users <10% 20 Technology pioneers <3% 10 0 None of few R&D Adapting existing Developing or High Level activities technologies – low combining research activities innovative SMes existing technologies on an innovative Source: EURAB’s report on “SMEs and ERA” level
  7. 7. The Importance of SMEs in the European Economy • SMEs represent 99% of all enterprises throughout Europe • SMEs account for 67% of European GDP • Provide 55% of total jobs in the private sector
  8. 8. Capacities; 4 097 JRC (EC); 1 751 People; 4 750 € million Cooperation Ideas; 7 510 Ideas People Capacities JRC (EC) Cooperation, 32 413 FP7 budget: € 54 bn
  9. 9. SME specific actions Indicative budget breakdown 2007-2013
  10. 10. Budget allocation to SMEs in FP6 and FP7 € million FP6 FP7 FP6 FP7 Increase annual annual annual average average average SME specific 473 1.336 118 191 61% measures SME participation 1.865 4.862 466 695 49% (15% target) Total 2.338 6.198 585 885 51%
  11. 11. CAPACITIES - International Cooperation Coordination of the international cooperation actions under the different programmes and across Themes CAPACITIES – the vehicle for this coordination Aim : To strengthen overall coordination to ensure a coherent approach and develop synergies with other Community policies
  12. 12. Thematic Breakdown Within the Cooperation Programme Thematic Area Budget (€m) % Health 6,050 19 Food, Agriculture, Fisheries, and Biotechnology 1,935 6 Information and Communication Technologies 9,110 28 Nanosciences, Nanotechnologies, Materials and new Production Technologies 3,500 11 Energy 2,300 7 Environment (including Climate Change) 1,900 6 Transport (including Aeronautics) 4,180 13 Socio-economic Sciences and the Humanities 610 2 Space & Security 2,780 9 Total Cooperation Budget 32,365
  13. 13. What does FP7 fund? • Not your short term new product project • Not to enable your organisation to survive • Knowledge generation that looks a bit too much in the future for you to fund fully • Things you can’t do alone • To establish and bind expanded networks
  14. 14. NEW call
  15. 15. Administrative procedures • Following on from proposal preparation and submission, participation in an EU project brings with it the necessity to complete contract forms, to record the amount of time and resource spent on a project and regular reports and audits Need for disciplined partnership • It is important, especially for short projects, to ensure that all partners understand the need for setting and maintaining a rigorous timetable for reporting and delivery of results. • key issue for project coordinators, especially if they are an SME, is the obligation to respond to the frequent reporting requirements set by the European Commission.
  16. 16. FP7 proposal: SMEs Research for the benefit of SMEs (2) • Target population: all SME that need to outsource research activities – Mainly low to medium tech SMEs with little or no research capability – Research intensive SMEs who need to outsource research to complement their core research capability • More than doubling of average annual budget – FP6: about 120 M€/yr – FP7: 270 M€/yr • Actions in the entire field of science and technology (bottom-up) • Improvements and simplification of modalities (e.g. evaluation, financial regime, IPR)
  17. 17. SME support in FP7 “People” programme Industry-academia partnerships and pathways • support cooperation between academia and industry • encourage SME participation through  Staff secondments between academia and industry  Temporary hosting of experienced researchers from outside  http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/people/industry-academia_en.html
  18. 18. SME support in FP7 “Cooperation” programme  SME are encouraged to participate in collaborative research projects within this specific programme  In order to form a favourable environment, a target of 15% SME participation has been set 40,7 million euro per year!  This representing an amount of about 5 bn € until 2013  Simplified financial and administrative procedures (e.g. 75% funding rate for SME, reduced requirements for audit certificates, no bank guarantees)  Identification of areas and specific measures of particular interest to SME in the individual work programmes  http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/home_en.html
  19. 19. HOW 1. Presentation of the FP7 programme 2. Presentation of the guides & documents for FP7 3. Presentation of the project preparation process 4. Team consultation 5. Following of the success story of MK-FP7 SME projects 6. Consultation with EC-FP7 Office
  20. 20. Tips to optimise participation - Start your experience as partners in projects co-ordinated by others - You’ll be seen as far away partners. You must have a + to be preferred to others - Seek advice from those who have experience - Search for already funded projects within your areas of interest (be complementary, avoid overlapping)
  21. 21. How to get into a partnership • If new to Europe look at ways to get in.. • Get active early… watch out for NCP info • Network with potential partners - Travel • Have a sales pitch on what you and your instit offer • Pick up the phone • There are a range of examples of what works
  22. 22. Partner searching • Go to the training • Keep in contact with the NCP • Watch partner searches…Our method.. • Cordis is an option • NCP search • KEEP TRYING…
  23. 23. Finding Partners – CORDIS Partner Finding Service – Do it Yourself – http://partners-service.cordis.lu/ – NCP Industial engagement IDEAL*IST Partner Finding Service – Free assisted service – http://www.ideal-ist.net/ – Use Local support if available – Hang around in foreign bars
  24. 24. Delivering of Partner Search List
  25. 25. PREPARING THE PRPOSAL A proposal has two parts: 1. Part A – contain the administrative information about the proposal and the participants (the work, contact persons, participants, funding info) (annex 3 of the Guide) (on-line form) 2. Part B – template or list of heading, you should follow the structure to present the scientific and technical content of the proposal. (annex 4 of the Guide) (keep the proposal limits) 3. Use EPSS to upload the parts A & B, submitte
  26. 26. PART B 1. Scientific and/or technical quality 1.1. Concept and objectives 1.2. Contribution to the co-ordination of high quality research 1.3. Quality and effectiveness of the co-ordination mechanisms, and associated plan 2. Implementation 2.1. Management structure and procedures 2.2. Individual participants 2.3. Consortium as a whole (only if relevant) 2.4. Resources to be committed 3. Impact 3.1. Expected impacts listed in the work programme 3.2. Spreading excellence, exploiting results, disseminating knowledge 4. Ethical Issues
  27. 27. PIC (Partner Identification Code) Organisation Data ================= Legal name : Business Name : Official Language : Name in 2nd Language : 2nd Language : Legal form : VAT Number : Registration Number : Registration Date : Registration authority : NACE Code : Registration Country :
  28. 28. EVALUATION procedure • The evaluation will follow a single stage procedure; proposals will not be evaluated anonymously. • The evaluation criteria and scoring scheme are set out in annex 2 of the work programme.
  29. 29. Evaluation criteria S/T QUALITY IMPLEMENTATION IMPACT “Scientific and/or technological “Quality and efficiency of the “Potential impact through the excellence (relevant to the implementation and the development, dissemination topics / activities addressed by management” and use of project results” the call)”  Sound concept, and quality of  Quality of the consortium  Contribution, at the European objectives as a whole (including [and/or international] level, to the  Innovative character in relation to complementarity and balance) expected impacts listed in the the state-of-the art  Appropriate allocation and work programme under the  Contribution to advancement of justification of the resources to be relevant topic/activity knowledge / technological committed (budget, staff,  Appropriateness of measures progress equipment) envisaged for the dissemination  Quality and effectiveness of S/T and/or exploitation of project methodology and associated work results, and management of plan intellectual property
  30. 30. Positive Pass • For the evaluation of ERA-NET or ERA-NET Plus proposals (coordinating), thresholds for the individual criteria will be: • 1. S&T quality: threshold [4] out of [5] • 2. Implementation: threshold [3] out of [5] • 3. Impact: Threshold [3] out of [5] • The overall threshold, applying to the sum of the three individual scores, will be [10.]
  31. 31. Funding schemes • To support actions implemented on the basis of the call for proposals: 1. Collaborative projects • Projects can range from small or medium-scale (≤ € 3 Million) to large scale integrating projects (between € 3 and € 6 Million) 2. Networks of Excellence 3. Activities run by a number of research organisations integrating their activities in a given field 3. Coordination and Support Actions • Activities aimed at coordinating or supporting research activities and policies (~ € 1Million) 4. Others: Individual projects (ERC); Fellowships; Research projects for third parties (i.a. SMEs)
  32. 32. FP7 Funding schemes overview Funding Nature Max EU Duration of Targeted at N° of scheme Contrib. project partners Small- Single issue 2-3 M€ 18-36 m 6 – 15 medium CP project (STREP) Large CP (IP) Multidisciplina 4 – 20 36-60 m Research 10 – 20 ry integrated M€ institutes, projects universities CSA Preparing 0.5 M€ 9-30 m and 1 – 15 Supporting future actions industry, CSA Coordinating 1 M€ 18-36 m including 12 – 36 Coordinating & networking SMEs participants NoE Integrating 7 M€ 48-60 m 6 – 50+ research activities
  33. 33. FP7 Funding rates Funding rates also depend on: Type of Public bodies, universities, research organisation centres, SMEs 75% Type of project Accompanying measures (CSA) 100% Project management Type of activity but NOT exceeding 7% of total 100% funding
  34. 34. Why shall SMEs participate? Economic benefits can be achieved & innovative performance increased • Consider FP7 funding as additional money • Commercial risks are reduced • Increased turnover and profitability • Enhanced productivity and market share • Establishing new international contacts and partnerships (research business with foreign institutions and firms) – future economical benefits • Access to new markets • Contribution to a marketable technology – benefiting from it, exploitation of the results • Long term perspectives (innovative approach of the SME will be stronger) • More patents Successful FP participation can lead to stronger competitiveness of the enterprise
  35. 35. Does my organisation qualify as an SME ?
  36. 36. SME PROFILES FOR FP7 SME Definition The new SME definition takes into account the size MICRO < 10 employees < €2 million turnover SMALL < 50 employees < €10 million turnover MEDIUM < 250 employees < €50 million turnover and ownership AUTONOMOUS: < 25% owned by non-SME PARTNER: 25 to 50% owned by Universities, Venture Capitalists etc LINKED: special case for groups and subsidiaries THE SME DEFINITION DOES NOT TAKE ACCOUNT OF SME TYPES AND ACTIVITIES i.e. HIGH-TECH, LOW-TECH
  37. 37. Which sort of SME are you ?
  38. 38. SMEs in FP7 Main initiatives Complementary pillars of SME support in FP7 Dedicated scheme Budget increase for Optimized with special emphasis the SME specific participation of SMEs on SMEs measures "Cooperation" "People" "Capacities" SMEs Research performing Research performing outsourcing research SMEs SMEs Industry-academia Thematic areas Bottom-up approach pathways
  39. 39. SMEs in FP7 specific initiatives “Capacities”- Research for the benefit of SMEs Objective: Strengthen the innovation capacities of SMEs to develop new products and markets by outsourcing of research:  Increase their research effort  Acquire technological know-how  Extend their networks  Improve the exploitation of research results
  40. 40. FP7 proposal: SMEs Research for the benefit of SMEs (1) Two specific schemes to support SMEs or SME associations in need of outsourcing research – Research for SMEs: to support small groups of innovative SMEs to solve common or complementary technological problems – Research for SME associations: to support SME associations and SME groupings to develop technical solutions to problems common to larger number of SMEs in specific industrials sectors or segments of the value chain
  41. 41. Research for the benefit of SMEs Work programme 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 - Support to national and/or regional “exploratory awards” - NCP-network 3. Support measures - Coordination and Support Actions - Studies Total budget within FP7: Million € 1.336
  42. 42. SMEs in the knowledge economy - KBBE • SMEs are at the core of the European industry and are a key component in the chain of transformation of knowledge into exploitable products, processes and services • SMEs are faced with increasing competition in the internal market and globally and need to increase their research intensity and networks and expand their business on larger markets • A growing number of SMEs are directly concerned by research activities
  43. 43. SME support in FP7 JTI Example  The Innovative Medicines Initiative will support the development of new knowledge, tools and methods so that better and safer medicines can be made available more quickly.  The programme will have €2 billion to invest over seven years. The Community contribution of €1 billion will go entirely to SME and universities for research that can be used by the pharmaceutical sector  Major companies will match this amount and will involve these SME and universities.
  44. 44. Funding Scheme Key Indications Research for SMEs Research for SME associations Duration 1-2 years 2-3 years Number of 5-10 10-15 partners Total budget € 0.5 – 1.5 Million € 1.5 – 4 Million Activities R&D, demonstration, R&D, demonstration, management, other management, other activities activities
  45. 45. Number of partners Minimum requirements, coordination Research for SMEs  At least three independent SME participants, established in three different Member States or Associated countries.  At least two RTD performers.  Other enterprises and end-users optional. Research for SME associations  At least three independent SME association/groupings, established in three different Member States or Associated countries, or one European SME association/grouping.  At least two RTD performers.  Other enterprises and end-users with at least two SMEs. SMEs or SME associations may entrust coordination to a partner in the consortium specialised in professional project management.
  46. 46. Complementarities between FP7 and CIP FP7-RTD CIP • Funding of • Research, • Take-up of proven projects technological technologies: development and environmental, ICT and demonstration Energy-efficiency • SMEs • Simplification • Actions and services participation in • Definition of thematic encouraging SMEs Research content participation in FP7 • Specific schemes for SMEs • Access to finance • « Risk Sharing Finance • Risk capital (start-up and Facility » for large expansion) European RTD projects and • SMEs Guarantee facility infrastructures (with EIB) • SMEs loan securitisation • Capacity building • Dissemination of • Within projects • Networks providing knowledge • In thematic areas innovation support services • Promotion projects to remove non-technical barriers (Article 43) • Regions • Research driven clusters • Innovation clusters
  47. 47. How can local networks like the NCP contribute to positive results for RM Dr. Anita Grozdanov NCP SME NCP NMP
  48. 48. MKD SME in FP7
  49. 49. More information Research for the benefit of SMEs: http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/capacities/research-sme_en.html CORDIS/SME TechWeb: sme.cordis.lu/research/fp6_support.cfm National Contact Points http://cordis.europa.eu/fp6/ncp.htm