The Challenge we Faced
Despite a myriad of
initiatives – such as contact points, information newsletters,
profile databases, matchmaking events and proposal training – bridging the gap
between the European Framework Programmes on the one hand, and small
and medium sized enterprises on the other, remains challenging.
smE-MPOWER set out to pilot a new approach to empower SME to
initiate self-defined, longterm international RTD activities over which
they have ownership. smE-MPOWER aimed to demonstrate how high-tech
small and medium sized enterprises can be empowered, in the long-term,
to engage in international RTD activities and thus to increase and
sustain the number of SME driven innovation projects across Europe.