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TITLE EURAB Report and Recommendations on SMEs and ERA   eurab_04_028_sme_era.pdf (151.2 KB)
Document ID LIB5
Document type EU institution Scientific Advisory Body opinion/advice
Issue date 01/05/2004
Document reference EURAB 04.028-final
Original language of the document English
Document produced by European Research Advisory Board organisation visiting card
Document requested by EC-Research and Innovation DG organisation visiting card
Document uploaded by Isidoros KARATZAS
European Research Advisory Board
Policy domains
  • Competition
  • Enterprise and Industry
  • Science and Research


Short description  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:
" contemporary data on SME participation in R&D and innovation activities
" typologies of SMEs and identification of their specific R&D and innovation support needs;
" recommendations for improving FP6
" recommendations for future policies, including FP7, to raise levels of innovation in SMEs, including:
o comparisons of good practice among countries and existing SME R&D and innovation activities and SME-support measures, including comparisons with the USA;
o ways to translate and make available research results from European basic and precompetitive research to SMEs, and
o proposals for improving the transfer of research results into concrete applications and products.
Abstract (focusing on the key recommendations)  Main Drivers for the Analysis
" The R&D spending gap between European and the United States can be attributed in large part to differences in R&D spending by SMEs in the two regions. Thus higher R&D spending by European SMEs could play a key role in helping to achieve the Barcelona 3% target.
" European industry must put more emphasis on R&D. Both large and small firms are important. SMEs have ...

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