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FP7 Info Day: Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, and Biotechnology: research funding and technology development – RCC Krusevac (Serbia), September 10, 2012

Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development, Serbian Chamber of Commerce and the Regional Chamber of Commerce Krusevac (Serbia) under the project Enterprise Europe Network organize Info Day “Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, and Biotechnology: research funding and technological development.”

The European Commission announced and published on July 10th 2012 the largest set of calls for proposals ever, under the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). European research and innovation efforts will receive a total of EUR 8.1 billion. Projects funded by these calls are open to organisations and businesses in all EU Member States, FP7 partner states and specifically eligible countries.

The calls target both innovation and a range of societal challenges, building a bridge to Horizon 2020, the next funding programme for EU research from 2014-2020. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have a special place in the current round of calls with a package worth around EUR 1.2 billion. This includes financing for SMEs of around EUR 970 million under the ‘Cooperation’ Theme, where ring-fenced budgets for SMEs will account for up to 75 % of available funding in specific calls.

There will also be EUR 250 million for the dedicated SMEs programme ‘Research for the benefit of SMEs’, including demonstration actions for FP7 research results. All legal entities and persons from Serbia are eligible to participate in all calls of FP7. Having in mind that Serbian companies are eligible for framework programmes from 2007 we can consider that Serbian participation till now has been successful.

The FP7, launched in 2007, has so far supported some 19.000 projects involving over 79.000 participants (universities, research organizations and businesses) across all Europe, with a total EU investment so far of EUR 25,3 billion. This call is expected to leverage an additional 6 billion EUR of public and private investment in research, and estimated to increase employment by 210.000 in the short-term and generate, over a 15 year period, an additional EUR 75 billion in growth. To see the official call announcements, please consult: ec.europa.eu.

Source: www.een.rs