European project SM-BIO POWER
Integrating small and medium sized biomedical engineering enterprises into the 7th Framework
The EU funded project SM-BIO-POWER aimed at integrating small and medium sized enterprises (SME) in the European Union’s 7th Framework Programme (FP7) for research and technological development in the health domain. By offering a targeted and improved support measures, the access to research projects had been facilitated and the SMEs were actively involved in research activities. The SM-BIO POWER project made a new approach of supporting SMEs and their innovation projects in the biomedical engineering field by providing a unique combination of complementary resources and tools and excellent grounds for international best-practice and knowledge sharing.
The project offered “awareness workshops” to train the SMEs and was supported by “specific interest groups” (SIGs) and an online forum. The SMEs received a targeted coaching, with the technical support of the pan-European learning community for innovation trainers (PEER-Net). This community is a network for the transfer of international best practices and innovative consulting knowledge.
Project duration: 09/2008 – 02/2011
Countries: Germany, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, UK