Research for the Benefit of SMEs is a European funding programme with a budget of €250M which supports research and technological development to meet the needs of SMEs across Europe. This is done by subcontracting research and development activities to RTD performers (e.g. universities).
It is a “bottom up” opportunity, which means that any research discipline is eligible for funding as long as it meets an SME need and provides an economic benefit for the companies involved. Projects typically involve between 5-10 partners across Europe, with at least 3 SMEs and 2 RTD performers. They usually have a duration of 1-2 years and have a budget of between €500K-€1.5M each. The deadline for the current round is November 15th 2012.
Sounds good. How do I find out more?
Research and Business Services have organised a project workshop on Research for SMEs on Monday 17th September between 10am and 2.30pm. It will take place in the auditorium on the ground floor of MEA House. To book a place please contact Emma Lindsay.
At this workshop Steve Bradley (the UK’s national contact point for Research for SMEs) and Stuart Jackson (from Enterprise Europe Network) will discuss the opportunities available, how to find partners and outline what you need to do to secure funding. Attendance is strongly encouraged to find out about the call and to take advantage of the support available to you. Further information is available in the workshop invitation [.docx].
What support is available to help me find partners and develop the bid?
Northumbria is making available funding and a support team to help you put together a proposal targeting this scheme. This includes:
- Funding for a PhD or postdoc to co-write the application with your input
- Buy-out of academic staff time to supervise proposal development
- An external consultant to provide detailed bid guidance and mentoring throughout the bid development process
- A joint RBS/Faculty team to coordinate partner searches, manage proposal development, internal approval, electronic submission
- Travel funding (if necessary) for a partner meeting in Europe
This support will be available to help develop 3-4 proposals for the scheme with good potential. For this call it is available for proposals involving staff from the Faculty of Engineering and Environment. Find out more by coming along to the workshop.