Register in www.easierproject.com. TAGES keeps encouraging and supporting ICT SMEs to develop their R&D capacity and benefit from the EU funds. TAGES got in touch with the SMEs in the ‘EU Research and Development Programmes SME Conference’ organized by TUBİTAK on 14-15 February 2008, in Istanbul and presented them how they can be an EASIER SME and benefit from the services provided by TAGES under the EASIER: Engaging regional SMEs within the ICT sector in EU research project.
‘EU Research and Development Programmes SME Conference’ hosted many distinguished speakers and more than 150 SME representatives, academicians and researchers from various sectors. In the conference, TAGES represented the EU funded EASIER project via EASIER project stand and informed the participants about how they can benefit from the project opportunities provided for the ICT SMEs to participate in the research projects. With the EASIER project, TAGES assists nearly 250 ICT SMEs in participating in the project proposals and developing project ideas to be submitted to the EU funded programmes.
In the conference, the SMEs are informed about the EU specific financial support provided for the SMEs in their R&D activities and innovations. Bernd Reichert, the Head of SME Unit in the European Commission, talked about the EU SME Research Policy and IPR in Research for the Benefit of SMEs Programme. Moreover, Annabelle Ascher, Project Officer in the SME Unit of DG Research, European Commission, gave hints about how to write a competitive proposal and the project evaluation process.
Moreover, participant SMEs are informed about how they can benefit from the other EU funding opportunities besides the EU Framework Programmes such as the CIP-Competitiveness and Innovation Programme, EUREKA and the newly initiated EUROSTARS programme. SMEs are encouraged with the success stories of the institutions that have benefited from the FP6 SME, SME associations, Industry and Academy Partnerships and Pathways and CIP projects.
The project aims to increase the research activity and to strengthen the competitiveness of SMEs within information and communication technology in Europe, more specifically in thirteen regions inEurope, through participation in European research networks and research programmes.
TAGES is the consultant partner of the project from Turkey and it supports Turkish ICT SMEs to be engaged in European research. TAGES is responsible of the following activities in the project:
- – SME audit and mapping
- – ICT SME database development
- – Motivating SMEs by series of events like, workshops, networking sessions
- – Assisting SMEs on the development of project proposals of their project ideas to be submitted in FP7
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