Monthly Archives: May 2017

H2020 SME INSTRUMENT IMPACT REPORT PUBLISHED

Based on cumulative data from 2014 to 2016, the SME Instrument 2017 impact report provides first insights into the growth trends of selected SME beneficiaries, their profiles as well as the key features of the programme. In its first three … Continue reading

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EXPERTS RECOMMEND PUTTING PEOPLE BEFORE PROJECTS IN FP9

Extract from an article published by ScienceBusiness.net EU research programmes should fund individuals rather than large teams, scrap submission deadlines and award smaller grants, says a new analysis by RISE, an expert group which advises the European Commission on research … Continue reading

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HORIZON 2020’S HALF-TIME SCORE

Participants and Member State governments have given their views on the EU’s R&D programme Horizon 2020 to date, reported Éanna Kelly of Science|Business. The verdict: good, but in need of several big mid-course adjustments. Low success rates, lengthy proposals and … Continue reading

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FROM “MADE IN CHINA” TO “INNOVATED IN CHINA”

Private Chinese firms innovate more efficiently than state-owned firms, yet China showers much more generous R&D subsidies on state-owned firms. This premise is argued in a new article “From ‘Made in China’ to ‘Innovated in China’: Necessity, Prospect, and Challenges” by … Continue reading

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BUSINESS INSIGHT: IT’S INTANGIBLE YET CLEARLY VISIBLE

A new business insight provided by Roger La Salle, innovation thought leader and pioneer of “Matrix Thinking”™ It’s “Intangible” yet clearly visible! A half time talk by a team coach can provide a burst of inspiration, an adrenalin rush and … Continue reading

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WHAT HAPPENS TO INNOVATORS IN OLD AGE?

If you are wondering about the effects of old age on your capacity to innovate, take a read at this New Statesman article to cheer yourself up… http://www.newstatesman.com/culture/art-design/2017/04/dry-month-waiting-rain-what-happens-innovators-old-age

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EPO LAUNCHES ACADEMIC RESEARCH PROGRAMME

In its search to encourage more academic research on the role of patents in the European economy – as well as to promote the dissemination of research results – the European Patent Office is providing financial support for rigorous research … Continue reading

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KU LEUVEN TOPS REUTERS MOST INNOVATIVE UNIVERSITIES TABLE

Belgium’s leading university KU Leuven has been recognised as the most innovative university in Europe for the second year running, by coming first in Reuters’ annual league table of the biggest patent filers. Imperial College London and Cambridge University came second … Continue reading

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INNOVATION AND THE START-UP SCENE IN AFRICA

Research conducted by Venture Capital for Africa (VC4Africa) in 2016 shows a huge variation in the constitution of African startups and the nature of their financial investments across the continent. Nigeria has the continent’s only unicorn (a startup valued over … Continue reading

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PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON COSME PROGRAMME LAUNCHED

To help it with its mid-term evaluation of the COSME programme, the European Commission has launched a public consultation which will run from 10 May to 31 August 2017. COSME is Europe’s Programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and … Continue reading

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