European project MapEeR SME

Making Progress and Economic enhancement a Reality for SMEs

MaPEeR SME aimed to acquire a comprehensive insight into the design, implementation and impact of existing national and regional SME research and innovation support programmes and initiatives in all of the EU27 member States as well as Bosnia-Herzegovina. For this purpose the project partners developed a methodology for a study that served as the basis for a comparative analysis of national measures. At the same time, the partners identified the needs and requirements of end users (SMEs and EU stakeholders) in order to overcome obstacles for SME in research and innovation.

As a result of the horizontal and sectoral study and analysis, a broad Common Knowledge Base was created and appropriate scientific advice and sustainable support mechanisms established to assist the European Commission and national, regional policy makers to better define a strategy for future research and innovation actions in favour of SMEs in the European Research Area (ERA).

SEZ together with two other partners was responsible for the preparation of the scientific methodology. It was responsible for the work package “Identify end-users’ (SMEs and EU Stakeholders) needs, requirements and feedback to overcome barriers for getting SMEs into research and innovation activities.”.

The project objectives were as follows:

  • Provide a comprehensive, in-depth, horizontal and cross-sectoral analysis on SME research programmes and initiatives in terms of their structure, implementation modalities, methodologies used and their impact.
  • Identify end-users’ (SMEs and EU Stakeholders) needs, requirements and feedback to overcome barriers for getting SMEs into research and innovation activities.
  • Organise synergies and initiate structured policy dialogue between the various players at EU and national, regional levels (DG RTD, REGIO, EAC and ENTR, along with national and regional level) through the European Experts Council on SMEs.
  • Provide a comprehensive, comparative analysis and recommendations for a new strategy and support measures that better address the needs of SMEs
  • Set-up and establish appropriate and sustainable mechanisms to provide advice to the EC, the national and regional (EU27) policy makers and SME research programme managers (from S&T related Ministries, national and regional research agencies and intermediaries) as well as SME Stakeholders.

Project duration: 11/2009 - 10/2011
Countries: Austria, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Poland, Spain, Slovakia, UK, Hungary

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