International Programmes

Key features

  • Projects to help you access European research and development

  • Help companies make the most of international business opportunities

  • Help business to have a global as opposed to local market

International Programmes
Update, December 2013:
Visit the new web resource for UK companies seeking to access European Union Horizon 2020 funding.
 
The Technology Strategy Board recognises that many of the greatest business opportunities will be international and that successful UK companies must take into account the global picture. Increasingly global trends and technical developments affect the competitiveness of UK businesses. 
 
New and rapidly developing economies are both a threat to the UK economy, and a huge market opportunity. The most successful UK businesses and innovations are those with a global, rather than a local market.
 
The Technology Strategy Board supports UK business in accessing European research, development and innovation and additionally works with a range of agencies to assist the UK in a broader international context. See information below for more information about some of our international programmes.
 
The main support for EU Calls can be found by calling a national helpline 0300 321 4357 this is the first point of contact for any enquiries about European activity. EU research, development and innovation opportunities fall into two categories:
  • The main EU Programme known as Framework Programme 7 (FP7).
  • Opportunities part-funded by the Technology Strategy Board and similar European partners in Eurostars and activities known as EraNets (European Research Networks).
A new programme known as Horizon 2020 starts in 2014 and opportunities will be announced as soon as they are known by the Technology Strategy Board network of National Contact Points (NCPs). NCPs offer:
  • Guidance on choosing thematic priorities and instruments
  • Advice on administrative procedures and contractual issues

See the new Horizon 2020 UK web resource maintained by theTechnology Strategy Board.

The Technology Strategy Board is directly responsible for eleven National Contact Points. 
These are listed below with links to each NCP:
A full list of the UK National Contact Points is at http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/ncp_en.html
 
The Technology Strategy Board supports the Eurostars Initiative - The Eurostars Programme is the first European funding and support programme to be specifically dedicated to SMEs. Eurostars is open to all sectors for funding applications on a continuous basis until 2013; in 2013 there is one Call which closed in April. The next call will be in early 2014.
 
Other activity in European Research and Development is shown below. For queries on Eurostars and EraNets contact graham.mobbs@tsb.gov.uk
 
On a broader global front we want to ensure that we are doing the best we can to help UK businesses. We work with international and European groups of innovation agencies such as Taftie, the European association of leading innovation agencies, and the INNO-Partnering Forum to benchmark our performance internationally, and to address common challenges. We also work closely with science and innovation experts in British Embassies around the world, to understand the challenges and opportunities for UK business in an international context.
 

Other international programmes

Clean Sky

The Clean Sky Joint Technology Initiative [JTI] project was created by the European Commission for funding research in Europe to allow the implementation of ambitious and complex activities, including the validation of technologies at a high readiness level.
 
The air transport industry is paying a lot of attention to growing public concern about the environmental issues of air pollution, noise and climate change. This public-private partnership will speed up technological breakthrough developments and shorten the time to market for new solutions tested on Full Scale Demonstrators to significantly improve the impact of the air transport on the environment.
 
For further details please contact Dr R C Kingcombe Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) Ray.Kingcombe@bis.gsi.gov.uk
 

European Institute of Innovation and Technology

The European Institute of Innovation and Technology [EIT] is an initiative set up to meet the challenges of globalisation head on.

The initiative, which aims to become a flagship for excellence in European innovation, will focus on strategic priority areas where the nature and scale of the innovation challenge requires action at EU level.
 
The EIT will effectively integrate the three sides of the 'knowledge triangle' - education, research and innovation - through partnerships between the private sector, research organisations and higher education institutions. These will be known as Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs).
 
 

Eureka

EUREKA is a pan-European network for encouraging market-oriented, collaborative research and development (R&D) projects, which lead to the development of innovative products, processes or services.
 
Projects can be in any technological area and there are no restrictions on project size, timing or length. It involves organisations from 38 European countries and the Commission of the European Union (EU).
 
Funding for UK industry participation in EUREKA projects can either be ‘self-funded' or through the Technology Strategy Board Smart Programme. The Smart single company scheme can be used to support UK SMEs in a EUREKA project.
 

 

INNO-partnering forum

The INNO-Partnering Forum (IPF) is a European Commission-funded project looking at how innovation agencies can improve the support they provide to SMEs.
 
The Technology Strategy Board received funding to carry out this 3 year project, ending in 2012, along with project partners, European innovation agencies Vinnova (Sweden), Tekes (Finland), FFG (Austria), NL Agency (Netherlands) and Enterprise Ireland. A further 20 innovation agencies (national and regional) are involved in the IPF Council.
 
Learning from the project, including quality management, mentoring, delivery tools, programmes are being built into the Technology Strategy Board so that we can learn from good practice worldwide and deliver better support to UK SMEs. Project reports are available at http://www.proinno-europe.eu/partnering-forum (Pre-August 2012).
 
Following the end of the project in December 2012 the group plans to continue to meet and address common challenges. Watch this space.

 

Innovative Medicines Initiative Joint Technology Initiative [JTI]

The Innovative Medicines Initiative JTI is a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) between the pharmaceutical industry represented by the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA) and the European Communities represented by the European Commission. With the overall goal to make Europe the world leader in pharmaceutical research for the benefit of the economy and society, by removing research bottlenecks in the current drug development process. 
 
For more information contact Graham Mobbs, European Operations Manager Technology Strategy Board graham.mobbs@tsb.gov.uk

 

Marie Curie

The Marie Curie actions are part of the European Commission's Framework Programme 7 (FP7) for European Research and Technological Development (2007-2013). They are implemented through the FP7 'People' Programme and provide funding opportunities for international and inter-sectoral mobility and training at all stages of a researcher's career.
 
While most of the Marie Curie Actions are open to organisations from all sectors, there are two schemes with open calls which particularly focus upon the involvement of commercial organisations, with the aim of encouraging inter-sectoral mobility, partnerships and knowledge transfer and broadening the skills-base and career options of researchers. These are the Industry-Academia Partnerships and Pathways scheme and the Initial Training Networks scheme.
 
Queries can be directed to the NCP helpdesk by e-mail at mariecurie-uk@bbsrc.ac.uk telephone on +32 2 230 5275.

 

Taftie

At the Technology Strategy Board we want to ensure that we are doing the best we can to help UK businesses. We work with international and European groups of innovation agencies such as Taftie, the European association of leading innovation agencies, and the INNO-Partnering Forum to benchmark our performance internationally, and to address common challenges.
 
We also work closely with science and innovation experts in British Embassies around the world, to understand the challenges and opportunities for UK business in an international context.
 
More information on Taftie can be found at www.taftie.org and IPF http://www.proinno-europe.eu/partnering-forum
 
For more information contact Graham Mobbs, European Operations Manager Technology Strategy Board graham.mobbs@tsb.gov.uk

 

ERA-IB

ERA-IB is a network of organisations from 15 countries with the vision to reduce the fragmentation of national research in the area of industrial biotechnology. ERA-IB's objective is to support economic and academic IB players in sharing risks, costs and skills related to innovation in order to develop new knowledge, new products, technologies or supply services that could reach the market more efficiently.
 
The ERA-IB network aims to establish cross-border partnerships between industrial and academic IB research, to improve and accelerate technology transfer, and to strengthen European efforts in achieving sustainable industrial development. One important measure to reach these goals are common calls for trans-national R&D projects
 
For more information contact Graham Mobbs, European Operations Manager Technology Strategy Board graham.mobbs@tsb.gov.uk

 

SIINN-Eranet

The SIINN ERA-NET promotes the safe and rapid transfer of European research results in nanoscience and nanotechnology (N&N) into industrial applications. National and regional resources will be virtually pooled to create a transnational programme of research.
 
SIINN will bring together today's fragmented research activities on the potential risks of engineered nanomaterials for environment, human health, and safety.
 
For more information contact Graham Mobbs, European Operations Manager Technology Strategy Board graham.mobbs@tsb.gov.uk