How to secure European Union funding for development and a direct route to market for environmental technologies.
4 January 2010, News release from Pera
In these uncertain financial times, seeking out new funding and new ways to bring ideas to market is more vital than ever. But actually securing string free funding, as many companies will recognise only too well, can often be a specialism in itself.
For those involved in the development of new ideas, new products and new services within the environmental sector, the good news is that the whole area known as environmental technologies is a theme for funding through the Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development - more commonly known as FP7.
Some of the specific hot topics to attract the funding includes: waste-to-energy, sustainability, preservation of water resources, soil research and diversification, marine environment, clean technologies, air technologies and CO2 reduction methods.
So what exactly is FP7? The answer is certainly simpler than its name. FP7 enables companies with an interest in developing innovation in key sectors to seek funding at a European Union level. And that, as you can imagine, can mean millions of pounds in financial support. FP7 have helpfully bundled all research-related European Union initiatives together under one common roof.
Due to the ambition of the European Union's Lisbon Strategy to become the "most dynamic knowledge-based economy in the world", there are a great number of such initiatives out there - especially when you include all the EU development programmes and support measures that have sprouted over recent years. Thanks to FP7, companies now have easier access to the knowledge-support funding that is currently available at EU level.
Clearly with a budget of €53billion, FP7 has lofty objectives. However, it can, on a more down-to-earth level, be seen as existing to support companies involved with innovative development. Funding arranged through FP7 can help create sustainable success for companies involved in environmental technologies perhaps even for a company you're currently involved with.
Help in such matters will always be welcomed, especially when you consider that many companies find that their involvement in a high profile EU project can suddenly elevate them to a new level and achieve a much higher profile. Companies can also retain Intellectual Property.
FP7 funding also has a number of other spin-off benefits. Companies often find that an EU project can lead to supplier agreements to manufacture components for the actual project or related spin-off developments. Similarly, they can also use the knowledge gained through involvement with an organisation such as Pera to extend their existing product ranges.
For companies involved in new technologies the name FP7 may be already known well. But if they aren't, perhaps it's time for you to introduce yourselves.
Companies wanting to develop new commercial opportunities who wish to discuss funding further - in particular through FP7 - and development opportunities available to bring their innovative new ideas, products and services to market can contact Pera's Tony Lesowiec on 01664 501455 (e-mail email@example.com) for further information.
Tony Lesowiec is Practice Leader at Pera (one of Europe's leading innovation and business support organisations with a presence in eight European countries). Tony has over 15 years experience in accessing funds for businesses.
For further information please email Pera