EPoSS - The Product Driven Platform

Funding Opportunities for transnational research projects of SMEs, SME associations and RTOs

Currently the 9th CORNET call and the 7th EraSME call are open for proposal submission until March 31, 2010.

EPoSS has developed a vision, a strategic research agenda and related roadmaps in the domain of Smart Systems Integration. Organisations from 20 European Countries are represented in EPoSS. These national stakeholders, especially SMEs, are key actors in the implementation of the EPoSS strategic research agenda at national and regional levels.

Often however they are only facing bureaucratic funding opportunities for their projects. To respond to this fact CORNET and EraSME provide low threshold access: they enable SMEs to further increase their competitiveness by trans-national cooperation in R&D projects which is of major relevance, particularly in the current crisis. These transnational projects are funded directly by national or regional programmes easily accessible to SMEs.

CORNET supports trans-national European co-operation between SME associations, SMEs and R&D performers. EraSME supports trans-national research co-operation between individual SMEs and RTOs. In both initiatives two calls for proposals are organised per year, following a bottom-up approach, which means that topics are not pre-defined and can be chosen by applicants from any technological area and in any sector. Funding is based on national and/or regional programmes. CORNET and EraSME have established a close collaboration with Eurostars in proposal evaluation.

Currently the 9th CORNET call and the 7th EraSME call are open for proposal submission until March 31, 2010. An online submission tool will be provided soon.

Partnering Events in January 2010 in Hungary and The Netherlands will facilitate project and consortium building. Please visit the CORNET and EraSME websites for further information on calls and partnering events.

Contact

Almut Büchner
Project Coordinator CORNET
Tel ++49.221.37680.33
eu@aif.de
http://www.cornet-era.net/
Günter Külzhammer
Project Coordinator EraSME
Tel ++49.30.310078.180
kuelzhammer@vdivde-it.de
http://www.era-sme.net/
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