Call for Proposals - Research for the benefit of SMEs - CP FP7-SME-2011-CP Closed!


Projects must be centred on the needs of the SMEs to carry out demonstration activities before being able to enter the market. Activities can include testing of product-like prototypes, scale-up studies, performance verification and implementation of new technical and non-technical solutions. This phase could also include detailed market studies/business plans or market strategies.

Projects under the scheme for demonstration aim at bridging the gap between research and market. The concept is to prove the viability of a new solution (itself an outcome of a successful research project) that offers a potential economic advantage, but which cannot be directly commercialised.


Activity: 2.3 Demonstration action

  • Demonstration activities are designed to prove the viability of new technologies that offer a potential economic advantage, but which cannot be commercialised directly (e.g. testing of product-like prototypes).
  • Management activities over and above the technical management of individual work packages provide an appropriate framework bringing together all project components and maintaining regular communications with the Commission. It is expected that the management, training and other costs should not exceed 10% of the total cost of the project.

European community funding

The Community provisional funding available for the call for proposals is:

  • 15,00 Million EUR (Orientation of the budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 08 December 2010 - 10 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)

Further information about the call

Official webpage of the call

Useful documents

  • Work Programme 2011 - Research for the Benefit of SMEs (Work programme)
  • Call Research for the benefit of SMEs - CP (Legal base)

Organisations eligible to participate

Opened to the following bodies or institutes with legal status established in the covered areas:

  • Any legal organisation

Covered areas

Bodies or institutes must have their registered legal seat in one of the countries taking part in the Programme which are:

  • European Union (EU)
  • European Economic Area (EEA)
  • Candidate Countries
  • European Free Trade Association (EFTA)

Directorate-Generale responsible

Directorate-General for Research

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