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Facilitating SME access to EU programmes

by xavier last modified 2007-01-31 15:34

Increasing the participation of small and medium-sized companies in EU-funded programmes was the topic of a SME stakeholder conference held in Brussels on October 11, 2006.

This conference took place at the eve of the start of new major EU funding programmes in January 2007 on promotion of entrepreneurship, innovation and research (CIP and Framework Programme 7 on research and development) and of the new programming period for the structural and cohesion funds with greater emphasis on the creation of growth and jobs in line with the renewed growth and jobs strategy. Commission Vice President Günter Verheugen and Commissioners Danuta Hübner and Janez Potočnik gave details on recent Commission action to facilitate SMEs’ participation in these EU programmes. This includes the simplified rules and procedures to help SMEs to access funding for research and development from the 7th framework programme for research.

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Zea Partners involvement in EU programmes

Zea Partners goals includes facilitating SME access in EU programmes. An example of success is Zea recent involvement Qualoss and Flossmetrics projects. Qualoss and Flossmetrics are 2 EU funded research projects on Open Source Quality. Leading European Universities and Research Centers are collaborating in these projects with budget totaling 3,6 M Euro (4.3 M$).

  • Qualoss plans to automate the quality measurement of open source software with a special focus on analyzing robustness and evolvability.
  • Flossmetrics addresses the need for more factual information about libre (free, open source) software with an in-depth empirical analysis of thousands of projects.

Zea Partners is open to corporate sponsorship to develop its involvement in EU research and funding programs.

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