503 M€ in open calls for proposals for a total budget of 4.097 M€.
Grants for subcontracting at least 2 Technology Experts on behalf of 3 or more SMEs established in 2 or more EU Member or Associated States, for the development of innovative products, services or processes; as well as other grants to enhance Europe’s R&D and innovation capacities.
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GRANTS FOR RESEARCH POTENTIAL OF CONVERGENCE REGIONS
Stimulating the realisation of the full research potential of the enlarged Union by unlocking and developing existing or emerging excellence in the EU's convergence regions and outermost regions, and helping to strengthen the capacities of their researchers to successfully participate in research activities at Community level.
The action in this domain will comprise support for:
— Trans-national two-way secondments of research staff between selected organisations in the convergence regions, and one or more partner organisations; support for selected centres of existing or emerging excellence for the recruitment of incoming experienced researchers, including managers, from other countries.
— The acquisition and development of research equipment and the development of a material environment enabling a full exploitation of the intellectual potential present in the selected centres of existing or emerging excellence in the convergence regions.
— The organisation of workshops and conferences to facilitate knowledge transfer; promotion activities as well as initiatives aiming at disseminating and transferring research results in and to other countries and international markets.
— "Evaluation facilities" through which any research centre in the convergence regions can obtain an international independent expert evaluation of the level of their overall research quality and infrastructures.
Strong synergies will be sought with Community regional policy.
Actions supported under this heading will identify needs and opportunities for reinforcing the research capacities of emerging and existing centres of excellence in convergence regions which may be met by structural and cohesion funds.
Synergies will also be sought with the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme in order to promote the regional commercialisation of RTD in collaboration with industry.