The stock of SMEs participation in FP7 projects
The previous report (the 8th) released by the Commission's DG Research & Innovation on SMEs participation in FP7 has revealed that the budget target of 15% for funding to Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) within the Seventh Research Framework Programme (FP7) has been reached in January with 15.2% of the total Cooperation Programme used budget going to SMEs.
The 9th report, which has just been released, shows that this figure has further increased, to an extent that today the percentage of used Cooperation Programme budget going to SMEs has reached 16.3% which represents about 3 Billion Euros total.
Health and security are the only themes where SME participants receive on average more than any other participants with over than €420.000
EU contribution before and after the Work Programme 2011-2012 (in %):
- Health research has increased from 11.3% to 27.3%
- Information and communication Technologies research has increased from 14.6% to 17.6%
- Environment research – including climate change actions – has increase from 9.0% to 19.9%
SMEs participation in FP7 by numbers:
The highest EU contribution in funding provided for SMEs under FP7 is the Cooperation Programme which devotes 16.3% of its overall budget to SMEs
The percentage of EU contribution going to SMEs out of the total contribution is highest for the nanosciences and nanotechnologies theme (22.7%), followed by security and energy themes. However, is the ICT theme with its 15.2% which provides the largest monetary EU contribution to SMEs with over €830 million.
The 9th report also provides in-depth statistics about the composition of project consortia: 47.5% of all the grant agreements involve at least one SME and 11.1% of all the projects have a SME as its coordinator.
The average EU contribution going to SMEs participating in thematic research projects so far has been significant.