The European Council of Ministers today agreed to provide 100 million euro from the EU Seventh Framework Programme to top up the at least 300 million already provided from national budgets by the 31 countries participating in the joint EUREKA-EU Eurostars Programme for R&D-performing small and medium enterprises.
The resulting 400 million euro will help support these SMEs in their transnational market-oriented research ventures — and, it is hoped, will leverage private funding in excess of the public contribution.
At a working lunch at the European Parliament to toast the success of Eurostars, EUREKA Chairman Aleš Miheliè, Director-General at the Slovenian Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology said: 'Eurostars was always a calculated risk for us. It is the confidence and enthusiasm of the European Commison and the 31 EUREKA countries participating in Eurostars — and the 300 million euro of national funds they were willing to commit to this new Programme, that willed us to launch the first call before the co-decision process [European Parliament and Council] had happened.'
'This decision led to accusations of arrogance from some, but we have proved them wrong: this all-new concept in joint programming has generated an immense level of interest from the SME community and has already resulted in over 200 applications,' Miheliè added. ‘We are equally optimistic for the number of applications that will be received by the next cut-off date of 21 November 2008.’
Janez Potoènik, EU Research Commissioner added: ‘The Eurostars Programme is an excellent example of how European countries and the EU can contribute to economic growth by reinforcing cooperation between their respective research programmes. Making it possible for SMEs to collaborate with the best European research teams, Eurostars will help them turn new ideas into successful businesses, and reinforce their competitive edge in knowledge and innovation — the cornerstones of prosperity.’
Eurostars is the first funding programme of its kind, flexible and efficient and dedicated to research-performing SMEs who take the driving seat in short-time-to-market R&D projects that result in a tangible project, process or service. A Eurostars project involves partners from at least two Eurostars-participating countries, but not just SMEs, as Eurostars projects also welcome large company, research institute and university involvement. Eurostars is open to applications in all areas of technology. While assessment and evaluation is conducted centrally in Brussels, by an independent panel of technical and business experts, Eurostars project applicants benefit from the local business advice and expertise of EUREKA's network of national project coordinators, based in each member country.
The first cut-off date for applications to the Eurostars Programme was 8 February 2008 and resulted in 215 applications, of which 189 were eligible for assessment. After assessment and evaluation, 133 applications exceeded the quality threshold, each with an average cost of 1.54 million euro. An average application involved 3.3 participants from 2.4 countries with a duration of 29 months.
The next cut-off date for Eurostars applications is Friday 21 November 2008 at 17.00 CET. For more information about the Eurostars Programme, visit: www.eurostars-eureka.eu or contact your EUREKA national project coordinator (http://www.eurostars-eureka.eu/where.do)
Shar McKenzie | alfa
Million funding for Deep Learning project in Leipzig
15.08.2018 | Max-Planck-Institut für Mathematik in den Naturwissenschaften (MPIMIS)
Advanced Grant for Grain Boundary Phase Transformations
06.08.2018 | Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung GmbH
New design tool automatically creates nanostructure 3D-print templates for user-given colors
Scientists present work at prestigious SIGGRAPH conference
Most of the objects we see are colored by pigments, but using pigments has disadvantages: such colors can fade, industrial pigments are often toxic, and...
Scientists at the University of California, Los Angeles present new research on a curious cosmic phenomenon known as "whistlers" -- very low frequency packets...
Scientists develop first tool to use machine learning methods to compute flow around interactively designable 3D objects. Tool will be presented at this year’s prestigious SIGGRAPH conference.
When engineers or designers want to test the aerodynamic properties of the newly designed shape of a car, airplane, or other object, they would normally model...
Researchers from TU Graz and their industry partners have unveiled a world first: the prototype of a robot-controlled, high-speed combined charging system (CCS) for electric vehicles that enables series charging of cars in various parking positions.
Global demand for electric vehicles is forecast to rise sharply: by 2025, the number of new vehicle registrations is expected to reach 25 million per year....
Proteins must be folded correctly to fulfill their molecular functions in cells. Molecular assistants called chaperones help proteins exploit their inbuilt folding potential and reach the correct three-dimensional structure. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry (MPIB) have demonstrated that actin, the most abundant protein in higher developed cells, does not have the inbuilt potential to fold and instead requires special assistance to fold into its active state. The chaperone TRiC uses a previously undescribed mechanism to perform actin folding. The study was recently published in the journal Cell.
Actin is the most abundant protein in highly developed cells and has diverse functions in processes like cell stabilization, cell division and muscle...
17.08.2018 | Event News
08.08.2018 | Event News
27.07.2018 | Event News
17.08.2018 | Physics and Astronomy
17.08.2018 | Information Technology
17.08.2018 | Life Sciences