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News | December, 21 2017

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Four days ago, the European Commission announced it has exceeded the target (15%) on research funding for Small- and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs).
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Four days ago, the European Commission announced it has exceeded the target (15%) on research funding for Small- and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs).

SMEs have received 16.3% (€2.9 billion) of the Cooperation Programme budget of €18.6 billion spent so far under FP7 This surpasses the 15% goal set by the European Parliament and Council of Ministers at the beginning of FP7. This €2.9 billion had been allocated to over 11000 SME participations by 30 September 2012.

It is estimated that for all five specific programmes under FP7, SMEs have so far received just over €4 billion. It is forecast that by the end of FP7 (2007–2013) some 30,000 SMEs will have received around €7.3 billion in EU research funding.

This success can be attributed to the increase and strengthening of measures in favour of SMEs under the two most recent Work Programmes (WP 2011 and WP 2012) in the calls for the 2011 and 2012 and is particularly visible in the thematic priorities: Health, Environment, Food, Agriculture, Fisheries, Biotechnology and Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities.

SME-specific measures taken range from the selection of topics of particular relevance to SMEs to creating ring-fenced budgets for SMEs within some calls; another measure specifies the requirement for project participation that an SME must be the overall coordinator.

These measures were designed to create an environment which would enable more SMEs to take part in RTD projects, and SMEs have responded well to them.

The data shows that SME participation rates are particularly high in newer EU Member States.

The graph below shows the overall percentage of the EU contribution going to SMEs and the percentage for each of the ten themes under the Cooperation programme.

SMEs have received 16.3% (€2.9 billion) of the Cooperation Programme budget of €18.6 billion spent so far under FP7

Graph 1: Share of EU contribution going to SMEs, for each theme within the Cooperation programme (2007-2012). Based on Grant agreements signed up to 30 September 2012

Graph 2 below shows the difference in terms of the proportion of the EU contribution going to SMEs during the periods before and after the implementation of the work programme for 2011.

SMEs have received 16.3% (€2.9 billion) of the Cooperation Programme budget of €18.6 billion spent so far under FP7

The increase of the budget going to SMEs through calls issued under the work programmes for 2011 and 2012 has been significant.

SMEs have received 16.3% (€2.9 billion) of the Cooperation Programme budget of €18.6 billion spent so far under FP7 The Full 9th SME progress report, published on 25 October, available here