Research for the Benefit of SMEs by j60670G


									                 Research for the Benefit of SMEs

                          Project workshop: 10am-2.30pm
                                         17th September
                      MEA House, Ground Floor Auditorium

We would like to invite you to attend a workshop on Research for the Benefit of SMEs. This is a European
funding programme with a budget of €250M which supports research and technological development to
meet the needs of SMEs across Europe. Northumbria is making available funding and a support team to
help you put together a proposal targeting this scheme. See overleaf for more details of the call and the
support we’ll provide for selected proposals.

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 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. Following the workshop the project support team in RBS and the Faculty will
jointly decide which proposals are selected to receive this support if there are more than four potential

10.00          Introduction to the workshop and support available at Northumbria
10.15          Steve Bradley (UK National Contact Point for SMEs): overview of Research for the
               Benefit SMEs call; key considerations; timescales; what makes a strong proposal
11.00          Stuart Jackson (Enterprise Europe Network): what support can EEN offer; how to
               find SME partners; successful local case studies of Research for SMEs
11.45          Questions
12.00          Lunch
12.30          Group discussion: drawing on presentations, discussion of potential projects,
               partners and networks
14.30          Close

Please contact Emma Lindsay ( to book a place.
Research for the Benefit of SMEs – Call Summary
This call is part of the EC’s Framework Programme 7 which funds transnational research and development
in Europe. The aim of Research for the Benefit of SMEs is to support small groups of innovative SMEs to
solve technological problems. 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. The deadline for the current round is November 15th 2012.

The Work Programme and Guidance for Applicants for this call are available here:

Note these are the full EC rules and documents for the call. Key points for Research for SMEs (Activity 2.1)
are summarised below:

            Purpose: Projects provide direct support to SMEs (=fewer than 250 employees, less than €50M
             turnover) to outsource research activities, specifically where SMEs do not have in-house
             capacity to carry out research.
            Need and Impact: Clear exploitation of leading technological knowledge which directly meets
             the needs of the SMEs, evidenced by a clear and detailed business case included as part of the
             proposal. Impacts should include enhanced economic competitiveness for SMEs by creating
             new or expanding existing markets.
            Eligibility: consortium comprises a minimum of 5 participants, but no more than 10. Minimum
             of 3 SMEs, independent of each other and in three separate member states or associated
             countries (research organisations and consultancy firms are not eligible). Minimum of 2 RTD
             performers. It is usual that an SME leads the consortium, but this task may be entrusted to an
             RTD performer with more experience of project management.
            Funding and budget: Typically between €500K and €1.5M overall with a normal duration of
             between 1-2 years. This funds all activities associated with the project, including RTD
             (Research and Technological Development), Demonstration, Management and Other costs.
             The bulk of the costs go to SMEs which then subcontract the research activities to the RTD
             performers. Overall budget is capped at 110% of the price invoiced to RTD performers.
            IPR: The default position is that IPR created in the project is owned by the SMEs who are then
             able to exploit it.

University support available
Northumbria University has made available funding through HEIF (Higher Education Innovation Fund) to
prepare 3-4 proposals for this round of the call within the Faculty of Engineering and Environment.
Although an SME usually leads the final proposal, we have made this funding available to support bid
development and ensure that SMEs are not burdened with time-consuming bid writing. We will provide:

            Funding for a PhD or postdoc to co-write the application with your input (approx. £1000)
            Buy-out of academic staff time to supervise proposal development (approx. £2570)
            An external consultant to provide detailed bid guidance and mentoring throughout the bid
             development process
            A kick off workshop to give an overview of the call with the National Contact Point for the
             Research for SMEs programme and Enterprise Europe Network (17th September)
            A joint RBS/Faculty support team to coordinate partner searches, manage proposal
             development, internal approval, electronic submission (David Young, Safwat Mansi, Alan
             Riseborough, Emma Lindsay)
            Travel funding (if necessary) for a partner meeting in Europe (approx. £600)

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