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  • 1. FP7UK
    SMEs in FP 7
    FP7 Biocity event, Nottingham – 23rd May 2011
    Steve Bradley - FP7UK National Contact Point for SME's
  • 2. SMEs in FP7 - Main initiatives
  • 3. SMEs in FP7: “Capacities”
    Research for the benefit of SMEs:
    Bottom up approach – no thematic focus
    Strengthen the innovation capacities of SMEs to develop new products and markets by outsourcing of research:
    • increase their research effort.
    • 4. acquire technological know-how.
    • 5. extend their networks.
    • 6. improve the exploitation of research results
    • 7. bridge the gap between research and innovation
    Clear exploitation potential with economic benefits for the SMEs (or SME members of Associations) involved
    Target Groups
    SME Associations
  • 8. ‘Transaction’ Principle: Outsourcing Scheme “customer-seller” Relationship
    Investing in Research
    SMEs &SME Associations
    RTD -Performers
    Results & IPR
    Other enterprises, End users
  • 9. Research for the benefit of SMEs
    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.
  • 10. Minimum Requirements
    Research for SMEs
    • At least three independentSME participants, established in three different Member States (MS) or Associated countries (AC)
    • 11. At least two Research & Technological Development performers (RTD).
    • 12. Otherenterprisesand end-usersoptional.
    Research for SME associations
    • At least three independent SME association/groupings, established in three different MS or AC, or one European SME association/grouping.
    • 13. At least two RTD performers.
    • 14. Other enterprises and end-users with at least two SMEs.
    Demonstration Activity (from a FP7 Research for SMEs / Assoc project)
    • At least three independent legal entities, established in three different MS or AC; two of whom must have been participants together in a project.
    • 15. SMEs which are Other enterprises and end-usersin an Association project can participate.
    • 16. The project coordinator must be an SME.
  • SME Definition
    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
  • 17. Rules for Participation: Funding Rates
    • R&D: maximum of 50 % of the total eligible costsException: SMEs, non-profit public bodies, secondary and higher education establishments and research organisations: maximum of 75 % Associations may meet the criteria for SMEs or non-profit public bodies.
    Demonstration activities: maximum of 50 %
    • Management activities: maximum of 100 %
    • 18. Other activities: maximum of 100 % (e.g. training, coordination, networking, dissemination)
  • Funding Scheme: Key Project Indicators
  • 19. Impact: Economic benefit
    Research for SMEs:
    • Clear exploitation potential and economic benefits for the SMEs involved.
    • 20. Strengthening the competitiveness of the SMEs.
    Research for SME associations:
    • Clear exploitation potential and economic benefits for the SMEs members of the associations involved.
    • 21. Improve industrial competitiveness.
    • 22. Sector driven usually applying standards/regulations.
    • Bridging the gap between research & market
    • 23. Prove viability of a new solution that offers potential economic advantage, but which cannot be directly commercialised.
  • Research for the Benefit of SMEs – success rates
    Previous SME calls - open to all research fields :
    2010 = 669 proposals submitted; 660 evaluated; 132 funded; €136.84m
    2011 = 946 proposals submitted across 3 activities; 907 evaluated; €204m
    • SMEs – 742 evaluated; 111 ranked; €122.1m
    • 24. Associations – 144 evaluated; 40 ranked; €79.6m
    • 25. Demonstration - 21 evaluated; 11 ranked; €9.7m
    • 26. 5th SME progress Report – June 2010:
    • 27. EU's overall target is 15%; co-operation as a whole, currently 14.3%
    • 28. Launch of more SME dedicated calls
  • 29. To be found on NCP.SME web site under the publications tab -
  • 30. Model proposals in navigable PDF format..
  • 31. 3 versions:
    EDIPAFF – Associations
    EDI-DEMO – Demonstration (under development)
    Created as navigable PDF versions
    Fictitious – written as a reference document
    Based on key assumptions to aid evaluation
    Incorporate many features of a ‘real’ project
    Include additional advice & guidance notes
  • 32. Single stage application process:
    Produced in scope of guidelines issued with each call by REA -
    Part A – basic financial data
    Part B – project; contents page..
    1 Scientific / Technological Quality
    2 Implementation
    3 Impact
    4 Ethical Issues
    5 Consideration of gender aspects
    6 List of References and Related Projects
    7 Additional Information and support
  • 33. Stated aim of the ‘typical project’ was to develop an edible packaging material for foods with the following properties:
    Edible (no waste)
    Protective, thus increasing storage time
    Low cost
    Accepted by consumers with demonstrable advantages to the environment
    Demonstrating innovation through the new application of an existing technology
  • 34. Evaluation criteria applicable to Research for SMEs
    “Scientific and/or technological excellence”
    “Quality and efficiency of the implementation and the management”
    “Potential impact through the development, dissemination and use of project results”
    Evaluation scores awarded for each of the three criteria - no weightings applied The threshold for the "S&T Quality" and the "Implementation" individual criteria will be 3 while the threshold for the "Impact" criterion will be 4.
    The overall threshold, applying to the sum of the three individual scores, will be 11.
  • 35. Research for SMEs – next call ..
    2012 Work programme due to be ratified at the next Programme Committee meeting scheduled 14thJune 2011
    Opening late July 2011 & closure date of Dec 2011 (Jan 2012)
    3 activities involved in single stage calls:
    Detailed guidance notes released with the call:
    • minimum requirements of SMEs for Demonstration projects
    • 38. anticipated size of consortia
    • 39. the position regarding ‘economic activity’ related to the validation process for SMEs etc.
    • 40. demonstrate the ‘convincing business case’ and the ‘clear benefit’ accrued to participating SMEs
  • Getting Support
    Partner searching; model proposals
    National Contact Point:
    Steve Bradley:
    01302 322633 Mob:  07501 463314
  • 41. Important Documents
    Documents and additional information about the open calls are available on the following CORDIS web pages:
    • ‘Research for the benefit of SMEs’– specific call documentation
    • ‘Research for SMEs’ and ‘Research for SME associations’ & ‘SMEs in FP7: A Hands-on Guide’
    • Guide to Intellectual Property Rules for FP7 projects
  • 42. Useful links:
    FP7UK – TSB website:
    NCP SME website:
    National Contact Point:
    Steve Bradley: