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EU 7th Framework Programme - Capacities

The Commission’s proposals for the FP7 Capacities programme aim to enhance research


and innovation capacities throughout Europe and ensure their optimal use. The Capacities programme is provided with a budget of EUR 4097 million to operate in seven broad areas, among these are Research for the benefit of SMEs.

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Capacities - Research for the benefit of SMEs

Research for SMEs supports small groups of innovative SMEs in solving technological problems and acquiring technological know-how.


Projects must fit into the overall business and innovation needs of the SMEs, which are given the opportunity to subcontract research to RTD performers in order to acquire the necessary technological knowledge. Projects must render clear exploitation potential and economic benefits for the SMEs involved.

See also: "Research for SMEs at a glance"

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The EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation

Horizon 2020 is the financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union, a Europe 2020 flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe's global competitiveness.


Running from 2014 to 2020 with a budget of just over €70 billion1, the EU’s new programme for research and innovation is part of the drive to create new growth and jobs in Europe.

More about Horizon2020

Participant portal

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