European project FitForHealth
Enhancing participation of SMEs in EU-health research projects
FitForHealth was a European initiative designed to sustainably enhance the participation of European small or medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Calls for the Health theme of the 7th EU Framework Programme (FP7). Focusing on research-intensive, high technology SMEs, the project offered targeted support measures covering the entire innovation pipeline of the Health sector.
The 3-year initiative, financed by the European Commission, was launched in October 2010. It was based on the successful project “SMEs go Health” in which the focus was on raising the number and quality of participations by SMEs and SME groupings in the Health-related projects of FP7. FitForHealth went further by supporting SMEs and researchers during all phases of FP7-projects, from the project idea to the efficient and effective valorisation of project results, including consortium building, proposal writing, grant negotiation, project management and efficient valorisation of project results.
The key assets of FitForHealth were the highly qualified consultants and the innovative and diverse hands-on training schemes. The consortium of 26 partners from 21 countries joined highly experienced FP7 NCPs for “Health” and “SMEs” with renowned innovation experts and trainers, ensuring excellent coverage of the entire innovation pipeline.
Cooperation between SMEs and academia has been strongly encouraged by dedicated services and tools. A well-established, highly visible database had been set up to give SMEs and researchers the opportunity to present their expertise and know-how. This increases their visibility among Europe\'s research community in the Health sector and maximises their chances of being identified as potential research partners for EU funded projects. Research consortia that are preparing FP7 project proposals and are looking for SME partners can register their project idea in the database.
The project ended in September 2013 and has already a successor: since November 2013, continues the activities.
Project duration: 10/2010 – 09/2013
Countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Netherlands, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Poland, Rumania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, UK