EURAB SME/ERA Report and Recommendations

EURAB SME/ERA Report and Recommendations

The remit of this study was to develop concrete policy recommendations, short-term and longterm, based on SMEs’ specific approaches to and needs for R&D and innovation. The WG was to consider, in particular:•

1. contemporary data on SME participation in R&D and innovation activities

2. typologies of SMEs and identification of their specific R&D and innovation support needs;

3. recommendations for improving FP6

 4. recommendations for future policies, including FP7, to raise levels of innovation in SMEs,

Including: comparisons of good practice among countries and existing SME R&D and innovation activities and SME-support measures, including comparisons with the USA;ways to translate and make available research results from European basic and precompetitive research to SMEs, and proposals for improving the transfer of research results into concrete applications and products.

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