EU Funding for the Development of Environmental Technologies
6 February 2009, News release from Pera
The European Union recognises the need to support businesses to innovate. They are particularly concerned for small-medium-sized enterprises (SME's) since over 95% of businesses fall into this category.
By innovating, companies will be more equipped to compete and beat the Far-East low labour sector as well as the high-tech competition from the U.S. and Japan. The European Parliament has given its backing to fund a €53bn programme for research and development for 2007-2013 (Seventh Framework Programme) to assist businesses across Europe to innovative new technologies, including those in the environmental sector covering:
·Conservation and sustainability
·Management of natural and man-made resources,
·Technologies for high added value production from waste
·Control of priority pollutants
·Innovative environmental technologies for the reduction of damage to the environment
·Renewable fuel production
·Renewable electricity generation
·Renewables for heating and cooling
Whilst most businesses would endorse the benefits of innovation, many are unable to take-up the challenge, the common objections being: we are too busy dealing with our current business activities, we don't have the necessary funds, we don't have the necessary facilities, equipment, engineers etc, we don't have the business infrastructure to achieve strong market penetration. Many companies are not even aware of EU grant initiatives such as the Seventh Framework Programme to help overcome the above barriers, and those that are, are put-off by the lengthy grant application procedures.
However, there is help available. Over the last five years Pera, one of Europe's leading innovation companies has helped hundreds of companies across Europe to gain access to tens of millions of Euros in order for them to create new and improved products. Some of these have been in the environmental sector. Pera's role involves, writing a robust proposal to access these funds on behalf of companies, dealing with the administrative and contractual aspects of EU funded projects and they have an integral role in delivering the technological solutions using their scientists and laboratory facilities.
For more information on how EU grants can be accessed and used to help your business, please contact Tony Lesowiec, Pera, Pera Innovation Park, Nottingham Road, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, LE13 0PB. (e: firstname.lastname@example.org)
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