Scottish businesses and organisations are being encouraged to bid for the final round of funding from a €50 billion European programme.
The 7th EU Research and Technological Framework Programme 2007-2013 - more commonly known as FP7 - is open to businesses, universities and institutes involved in cutting edge research.
Under the programme, the European Commission will contribute up to 75% of eligible costs for SMEs involved in technological development and research activities, and all of the costs for management, co-ordination and dissemination of the projects.
The calls address key concerns facing Europeans including:
Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Scottish Enterprise can assist Scottish businesses find consortium partners and help with the application process.
The Enterprise Europe Network is a European commission funded network of almost 600 organisations in more than 50 countries, each of whom provide free support to local businesses looking to access new and exciting markets. In Scotland, this service is provided by Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Scottish Enterprise and Highland Opportunity Ltd.
You can find more information of the FP7 fund by visiting the Enterprise Europe Network Scotland website: www.enterprise-europe-scotland.com/sct.FP7FinalCalls
You can also listen to the "All About FP7 Funding for R&D" podcast on the Enterprise Europe Network Scotland website here: http://eenscotland.podbean.com/2011/09/26/all-about-fp7-funding-for-rd/