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in Serbia
2013 and beyond
supported by
Deutsche Gesellschaf fr Internatonale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Program for Private Sector Development in Serbia ACCESS
European Project Center - EPC, Belgrade
Mirjana Lazovi
Andrija Pejovi
No. of copies:
European Project Center - EPC, Belgrade
UGURA Print, Belgrade
Belgrade, 2012
ISBN: 978-86-84309-33-6
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In January 2011, the programme Assistance to the Compettveness and Compatbility for
the EU of Serbian SME (ACCESS) commenced within the framework of bilateral develop-
ment cooperaton between the Government of the Republic of Serbia and the Govern-
ment of the Federal Republic of Germany. The programme is implemented by Deutsche
Gesellschaf fr Internatonale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and is fnanced by the Ger-
man Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperaton and Development (BMZ).
With its overall objectve to improve the conditons for an enhanced compettveness of
Serbian SMEs on regional and EU-markets, ACCESS is implemented through four compo-
nents: Business and investment climate, Development of innovaton systems, Quality in-
frastructure, and Absorpton capacity for EU programmes. All four components are linked
in order to reach the objectve of the programme. In this way, interventons are oriented in
all components alongside selected sectors: ICT, organic agro-industry, constructon materi-
als and energy-efcient services, mechanical engineering and environmental technologies.
This Handbook is prepared within Component IV, Absorpton capacity for EU programmes
and its overall objectve is to improve the partcipaton of Serbian SMEs in EU funded-pro-
grammes, contributng to their long-term compettveness on the regional and EU markets.
While Serbias insttutonal capacity for the implementaton and promoton of EU funds has
immensely developed over the years, it is stll evident that there are vast misconceptons
in the private sector as to what funds are open to them and how they can apply. Despite
the growing media atenton and references to EU funds, diferences between the pre-
accession fund (IPA) and EU programmes are stll blurred and, with the lack of one stop
shop for SMEs, it is apparent that they are not making the best use of potental funding.
2013 will be the last year for programming of EU-funds under the current EU budget as the
new seven-year EU fnancial perspectve will be startng in 2014. Even though this Hand-
book cannot perform the role of a one stop shop, it will lay out all the most relevant calls
for proposals for SMEs in 2013, summarising basic procedures, eligibility criteria, fnancial
requirements, at the same tme providing examples of successful projects from the past.
The specifc purpose of this handbook is therefore twofold: to help SMEs make best use of
available funding in 2013 by laying out eligible programmes for next year and to broadly
introduce the new fnancial perspectve 2014-2020. In the wake of the global economic
crisis, support to the private sector will increasingly gain in prominence in terms of EU
support and it is thus crucial for Serbian private sector to get involved from the very start.
We wish to thank the many individuals at the Serbian Governments European Integra-
ton Ofce, the Ministry of Finance and Economy and the Natonal Agency for Regional
Development who contributed their valuable advice and resources to the creaton of this
Programme Director
Tobias Stolz

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 01
2. Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance
(IPA) in Serbia 03
3. EU programmes available for Serbia 08
3.1 Seventh Framework Programme for
Research (FP7) 11
3.1.1 About the programme (objec
tives and components) 11
3.1.2 Eligibility criteria 14
3.1.3 Subprogrammes of FP7 17
3.1.4 Types of funding schemes 24
3.1.5 Common financial rules for
FP7 Programme 28
3.2 Competitiveness and Innovation
Framework Programme (CIP) 30
3.2.1. About the programme
(objectives and components) 30
3.2.2 Country criteria 33
3.2.3 CIP Subprogrammes 33
3.3 Enterprise Europe Network in
Serbia 43
3.4 How the Proposals are submitted to the
European Commission? 45

4. Introduction into the New Financial Frame-
work 2014-2020 50
Literature 56
Section 1
Serbia is facing great challenges in the European Union accession
process, namely in terms of having to adjust to the acquis com-
munautaire (the total body of EU legislaton). On the other hand,
the EU accession process also presents the opportunity to beneft
from the fnancial resources of the EU budget. By joining the EU,
Serbia will have access to substantal fnancial resources to support
development goals and speed up the growth and development of
its economy and society as a whole. To use these opportunites
both for public and private sector in the best way, it is important
to understand the workings of the EU Programmes and other avail-
able EU funds.
Supportng SMEs is a cornerstone of the EUs drive for growth and
jobs. Since 99% of all EU companies are small and medium-sized
enterprises (SMEs), accountng for 67% of jobs, its clear that what
is good for small businesses is good for Europes economy.
The EU Programmes are a series of integrated measures, fnanced
from the general budget of the EU, aiming to strengthen the coop-
eraton regarding EU policies for a period of tme (currently 2007-
2013). All Member States, Acceding and Candidate countries have
the opportunity to partcipate in the programmes, although, as a
main conditon of partcipaton, an annual fee has to be paid to the
EU budget by partcipatng states entry tcket. Each partcipat-
ing country opens a natonal programme contact point(s), ofce or
agency (either within a competent Ministry or within a separate
organisaton) whose task is the collecton of informaton and me-
diaton in order to assist the natonal applicants.
The main diference between EU Programmes on the one hand,
and Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance on the other, is the
later is focused exclusively on pre-accession countries and sup-
ports their accession path towards the EU, while EU Programmes
are focused on EU Members States, with the possibility for pre-
accession countries to partcipate in selected Programmes, for
implementaton of EU policies in diferent areas.
This Handbook provides information on op-
portunities for participation in selected EU pro-
grammes to Serbian SMEs
This Handbook gives
answers on the key
Where to start?
When to apply?
How to apply?
This Handbook is primarily designed for two audiences. The frst are entrepreneurs run-
ning micro, small or medium-sized enterprises who are interested in applying for EU Pro-
grammes aimed at SMEs.
The second audience are the natonal, regional and local ofcials who promote and run
various schemes, process the applicatons and ensure that companies satsfy the eligibil-
ity criteria for support.
The Handbook provides up-to-date informaton on the two programmes that are most rel-
evant to the private sector and represents an efectve navigaton tool for SMEs in the vast
array of opportunites. Informaton on diferent aspects and support mechanisms avail-
able under EU programmes is spread over too many diferent sites and insttutons which
cause informaton gathering and research to be difcult and tme consuming. Therefore,
the aim of this Handbook is to support SMEs in the identfcaton and understanding of
the selected EU programmes.
Secton 2 of the Handbook provides informaton on the Instrument for Pre-accession
Assistance (IPA) in Serbia and presents a brief and basic overview of IPA and selected ex-
amples of completed project supportng SME sector, as well as IPA related SMEs business
Secton 3 lists out all EU programmes open in Serbia. In this secton we will focus on
two EU Programmes, in partcular those segments of programmes targetng SMEs: the
Framework Programme on Research and Development and the Compettveness and
Innovaton Programme.
Most EU programmes are implemented through projects. Given that the funding is made
available at the European level, the project needs to have a European dimension an
explicit European purpose which gives the project `European added value`. However,
the way European dimension is specifed varies between diferent programmes. Ofen,
the European Commission (EC) also requires that the results of the project are relevant
even outside the countries included in the project. EU fnancing in EU Programmes usually
covers up to 75% of the total cost of a project. The rest (of co-fnancing) comes from own
resources and in some cases, natonal funds, other donors or private sponsors (in certain
cases as costs of support staf and ofce resources). Bearing in mind all these require-
ments and diferences between the programmes, in this secton the Handbook provides
details on the aims of the programmes, eligibility and fnancing criteria, implementaton
requirements, examples of projects in the EU and Serbia (where applicable) and outlines
calls for proposal for 2013.
Secton 4 presents the future of EU Programmes for the 2014-2020 budgetary period by
focusing on the new programmes, as well as the programmes that contnue to exist. Fi-
nancing of the private sector will gain in prominence in the new budgetary period and it is
crucial for the private sector in Serbia to be fully familiar with new rules and opportunites
for support.

Instrument for Pre-
accession Assistance
(IPA) in Serbia
Section 2
Under the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA), the EU
fnances projects that lead to full harmonisaton of natonal legis-
laton with the acquis communautaire (or EU acquis: the accumu-
lated legislaton, legal acts and court decisions that consttute the
body of EU law), the full applicaton of harmonised legislaton, and
preparaton for implementaton of EU cohesion and agricultural
policies. The fnancial value of the IPA programme for 20072013
totals nearly 11.5 billion, of which 1.4 billion has been allocated
to Serbia.
IPA Components

IPA is made up of fve components which address the priorites of
the benefciary countries.
1. Support for Transiton and Insttuton-building (provides sup-
port to Capacity Building, Insttuton Strengthening).
2. Cross Border Cooperaton (provides support Benefciary Coun-
tries in the area of Cross Border Cooperaton between them-
selves or with Member States).
3. Regional Development (provides support the countries prepa-
ratons for the implementaton of Cohesion Policy and in par-
tcular ERDF).
4. Human Resources Development (provides support to prepara-
ton for Cohesion Policy and in partcular European Social Fund)
5. Rural Development (provides support to preparaton for the
Common Agricultural Policy and related Policies for the Euro-
pean Agricultural Fund for Rural Development)
Serbia is stll using support only from frst two components.
Existng IPA ensures support to Serbian economy through trans-
posing EU directves, enhancing consumer protecton, supportng
the enforcement of intellectual property rights, improving the qual-
ity, range and availability of business support services, supportng
cluster development, supply chain development, export promoton
and innovaton within SMEs and technology transfer through an en-
hanced insttutonal framework, improvement in the business sup-
port infrastructure, strengthening conformity assessment structure
and development of instruments for fnancing SMEs innovatons,
as well as through supportng actvites linking tourism potental to
economic development, identfying the atractveness of tourism
products and positoning Serbia within the global tourism market.
IPA is important for
SMEs since it enhances
the overall environ-
ment relevant for
SMEs performance
and at the same tme
presents business op-
portunity for SMEs
through implementa-
ton of tenders.
Diferent types of companies in various felds of actvites can beneft from IPA funds:
consultng, service providers, equipment suppliers, engineering companies, research and
development companies, etc. Partcipaton in the award of IPA procurement (service, sup-
ply and works tenders) or grant contracts is open to all natural and legal persons and in-
ternatonal organisatons. As such, natural persons must be natonals of, or legal persons
established in:
a Member State of the EU or the European Economic Area (EEA)
a country that is a benefciary of the IPA , or
a country that is a benefciary of the European Neighbourhood and Partnership In-
strument (ENPI) .
The IPA funds are disbursed through the programmes and projects that contribute to the
realisaton of natonal strategic priorites and EU policies. Private companies can apply for
tenders to implement diferent kinds of projects in which the required tasks cover a wide
variety of subjects.
Types of contracts
The types of contracts that may ofer opportunites to private companies are:
Services (technical assistance, studies, provision of know-how and training);
Supplies (equipment and materials);
Works (infrastructure and other engineering works);
Secondary procurement (projects implemented through grant schemes).
The calls for tenders are announced by the EU Delegaton and relevant Serbian govern-
ment insttutons. Partcipaton in the tenders is open under equal terms to all qualifed
natural and legal persons. Tender procedures for all kind of contracts established by the
European Commission for procurement under the IPA programme are consolidated in the
Practcal Guide to Contract procedures for EU external actons (PRAG). PRAG rules also
defne the eligibility criteria for the bidders, which consist of: the rule on natonality, the
rule on origin of goods, and the rules describing grounds for exclusion.
PRAG rules also defne the eligibility criteria for the bidders, which consist of: the rule on
natonality, the rule on origin of goods, and the rules describing grounds for exclusion.
For more informaton and practcal advices on how to partcipate on IPA tenders consult
manual prepared by Serbian Europa Integraton Ofce:
At the beginning of 2012, European insttutons adopted a proposal for a regulaton of a
new instrument for support which will cover the period 2014-2020. The new instrument
will contnue to focus on delivering on the EU Enlargement Policy, which among other
things will contain support to private sector development.
The new proposal focuses on the simplifcaton of regulatons through the introducton of
principal policy areas, instead of components:
Transiton process towards Union membership and capacity building;
Regional development;
Employment, social policies and human resources development;
Agriculture and rural development;
Regional and territorial cooperaton.
The main diference between IPA and EU Programmes is that IPA is intended only for pre-
accession/accession countries to support them on their way to EU membership, while EU
Programmes are intended to Member States, but open to other countries as well. The
main diferences are between IPA and EU Programmes are listed in the table below:

It is essental that private enttes wishing to partcipate
in announced tenders become familiar with PRAG:
IPA EU Programmes
Open only for pre-accession/accession coun-
Open to EU Member States, but open to other
countries as well
Benefciaries are mainly state insttutons,
while projects have strong connecton to im-
plementaton of the acquis communataire.
Benefciaries of the projects can apart from state
insttutons include SMEs, insttutes, nongovern-
mental organisatons,. educaton insttutons,
Co-fnancing is mandatory at the project level Entry tcket is paid by the state, while the co-f-
nancing is mandatory at the project level
Selecton of projects are responsibility of cen-
tral state insttutons
Selecton of projects are responsibility of Euro-
pean commission (in some specifc cases in con-
sultatons with state insttutons)
Some of IPA funded projects in Serbia relevant for SMEs are: Sup-
port to Enterprise Compettveness and Export Promoton, Im-
proved Serbian SME Compettveness and Innovaton and Innova-
ton Serbia Project.
Support to Enterprise Compettveness and Export Promoton
- SECEP. SECEP is carrying out actvites under three interlinked
components, namely: cluster development, which supports groups
of companies and partner insttutons to undertake joint actvi-
tes leading to improvement of overall business performance and
growth in compettveness; supply chain development, which
is designed to improve the management processes and business
performance of individual SMEs from a number of key sectors to
enhance their prospects of integraton into internatonal supply
chains; and internatonalisaton, which is focused on enabling SMEs
to connect internatonally with foreign business partners by foster-
ing the development of cluster and exporter networks.
Improved Serbian SME Compettveness and Innovaton - ICIP.
ICIP contributes to the development of the SME sector and im-
provement of the compettveness of new and existng businesses
through two components. Component 1 of the ICIP, business sup-
port to small and medium-sized enterprises, focuses on creatng a
standardised model of business support services in Serbia and im-
proving the business support infrastructure that will enhance the
creaton of more SMEs, and improve their survival rates and com-
pettveness. Component 2 of the ICIP, compettveness through in-
novaton for economic growth, focuses on supportng compettve-
ness and innovaton through capacity building of both government
insttutons and specialist Business Innovaton Support Organisa-
tons (BISOs).
The purpose of Innovaton Serbia Project is to foster the compet-
tveness of the Serbian economy by improving the link between
R&D and economic development through the capacity building of
the Innovaton Fund, implementaton of fnancial instruments sup-
portng enterprise innovaton by the Innovaton Fund and provi-
sion of technical assistance to selected research and development
More informaton
can be found on:
More informaton
can be found on:
More informa-
ton can be found
EU programmes
available for Serbia
Section 3
Seventh Framework Programme for Re-
search, Technological Development and
Demonstraton Actvites FP7
EUs main instrument for funding research
in Europe, also designed to respond to Eu-
ropes employment needs, compettveness
and quality of life
Financial instrument supportng the devel-
opment and coordinaton of EU policy in
the areas of employment, social inclusion
and social protecton, working conditons,
ant-discriminaton and gender equality.
The programme aims to achieve three main
objectves: to promote cross-border mobil-
ity of those working in the cultural sector;
to encourage the transnatonal circulaton
of cultural and artstc output; and to foster
intercultural dialogue.
The Compettveness and Innovaton
Framework Programme- CIP
The programme focuses on support-
ing small and medium-sized enterprises
(SMEs) in the area of energy efciency and
renewable energy sources, environmental
technologies, entrepreneurship and a bet-
ter use of informaton and communicaton
Customs 2013
The programme gives the natonal customs
administratons of the EU, together with
the European Commission, the opportunity
to co-operate in areas of common and high
EU programmes available for Serbia are listed in the following table:
Fiscalis 2013
EU cooperaton programme enabling
natonal tax administratons to create and
exchange informaton and expertse.
Safer Internet Programme
The programme aims at empowering and
protectng children and young people on-
line by awareness raising initatves and by
fghtng illegal and harmful online content
and conduct.
Life Long Learning Programme
The programme funds actons such as
exchanges, study visits and networking
actvites, intended for all actors involved in
educaton and training.
Europe for Citzens
Through this programme, citzens are
involved in transnatonal exchanges and
cooperaton actvites, contributng to
developing a sense of belonging to com-
mon European ideals and encouraging the
process of European integraton.
We will focus on two EU Programmes targetng SMEs: the 7th Framework Programme on
Research and Development and the Compettveness and Innovaton Programme.
3.1.1 About the programme (objectives and components)
Framework Programmes for Research and Technological Development exist since 1984
and so far there have been seven of them (last called FP7). They have all been designed
by the European Union to support collaboratve research, development and innovatons
in science, engineering and technology. Duraton of this programme corresponds to the
period covering the European Financial (Budget) framework. The total programme budget
is over 50 billion, which represents an increase compared to the previous period 2000-
2006 and this trend will contnue in the next fnancial framework, post 2014. (More on
this in Secton fve)
The Framework Programmes for Research have two main strategic objectves:
to strengthen the scientfc and technological base of European industry;
to encourage its internatonal compettveness, while promotng research that sup-
ports EU policies.
Although at a frst glance one might conclude that these programmes are opened only to
research insttutons and universites, the Framework Programmes are actually open to
EU public and private enttes of all sizes also allowing partcipaton to enttes other than
those originatng from EU Member States. What is more important is that there are no
natonal quotas as the Programmes are operated on a compettve basis with proposals
being evaluated by panels of independent experts against set criteria.
The Framework Programme is divided into fve building blocks (subprogrammes) which
specify subjects/thematc areas for funding.
1. Cooperaton
Cooperaton subprogramme fosters collaboratve research across Europe and other part-
ner countries through projects by transnatonal consorta of industry and academia. Re-
search will be carried out in ten key thematc areas:
Food, agriculture and fsheries, and biotechnology
Informaton and communicaton technologies
Nanosciences, nanotechnologies, materials and new producton technologies
Environment (including climate change)
Transport (including aeronautcs)
Socio-economic sciences and the humanites
2. Ideas
The Ideas programme will support fronter research solely on the basis of scientfc ex-
cellence. Research may be carried out in any area of science or technology, including en-
gineering, socio-economic sciences and the humanites.
3. People
The People programme provides support for researcher mobility and career develop-
ment, both for researchers inside the EU and internatonally. It is implemented via a set of
Marie Curie actons, providing fellowships and other measures to help researchers build
their skills and competences throughout their careers:
Inital training of researchers - Marie Curie Networks
Industry-academia partnerships
Co-funding of regional, natonal and internatonal mobility programmes
Intra-European fellowships
Internatonal dimension - outgoing and incoming fellowships,
internatonal cooperaton scheme, reintegraton grants
Marie Curie Awards
4. Capacites
The Capacites programme strengthens the research capacites that Europe needs if it is
to become a thriving knowledge-based economy. It covers the following actvites:
Research infrastructures
Research for the beneft of SMEs
Regions of Knowledge
Research Potental
Science in Society
Specifc actvites of internatonal cooperaton
5. Nuclear Research
The programme for nuclear research and training actvites comprise research, techno-
logical development, internatonal cooperaton, disseminaton of technical informaton,
and exploitaton actvites, as well as training.
FP7 prov ides fnancial support for transnatonal research for and
by SMEs wishing to innovate and improve their compettveness,
by enhancing their investment in research actvites to acquire new
knowledge for growth. Out of four specifc subprogrammes pro-
grammes, three of them have direct relevance for SMEs. These are:
Cooperaton which promote collaboratve research;
People which develop human potental; and
Capacites which strengthen research capacity.
Just like any other organisaton, research teams (individuals) from
SMEs can also compete in the fourth Ideas subprogramme, but the
most typical programmes remain the mentoned three.
Allocated funds under this FP7 are spent on grants to research ac-
tors all over Europe and beyond, in order to co-fnance research,
technological development and demonstraton projects. However,
in order to complement the natonal research programmes, actvi-
tes funded from FP7 must have a European added value. One
key aspect of the European added value is the transnatonality of
actons: research projects are carried out by consorta which in-
clude partcipants from diferent European (and other) countries.
The Framework Programmes ofer valuable opportunites for Ser-
bian SMEs and academic researchers to partcipate in high-quality
research collaboratons with their European counterparts, with
the support of EU funding. The botom line of this programme is to
support moving new discoveries and products to commercialisa-
ton and approval.
Applying to FP7 may seem difcult for companies, due to this mult-
level approach and complexity of the programmes. Luckily, in all EU
Member States and in the countries associated with FP7, Natonal
Contact Points (NCPs) have been set up to give personalized help
and advice to researchers and organisatons intending to partci-
pate. The best possible way to start this process is to contact your
NCP and explain your situaton and your ideas. The NCPs job is to
direct you to the part of FP7 that might be of interest to you and to
help you with your applicaton. With their support, getng through
the necessary paperwork will be much easier.
In additon to NCPs, the European Commission has established the
Enterprise Europe Network, which functons as a one-stop shop to
meet all the informaton needs of SMEs and companies in Europe.
Services range from expert advice to informaton on EU legislaton,
help in fnding a business partner, beneftng from innovaton net-
works in region or informaton on funding opportunites. Contacts
of EEN is Serbia are presented on page 43.
NCP Coordinator
for FP7 in Serbia is
Ministry of
Educaton, Science
and Tehnological

Department for
European Integra-
ton and research
and development
programs and
projects in educa-
ton and science
Nemanjina 22-26,
B wing, IV/8
Enterprise Europe
Network in Serbia
more on page 43
3.1.2 Eligibility criteria
While in principle FP7 partcipants can be based anywhere, there
are diferent categories of countries which may have varying eligi-
bility for diferent work programmes:
EU Member States
Associated countries with science and technology coopera-
ton agreements that involve contributons? to the framework
programme budget;
Candidate countries currently recognised as candidates for
future accession (Serbia falls under this category);
Third countries - the partcipaton of organisatons or individu-
als established in countries which are not Member States, can-
didates or associated should also be justfed in terms of the
enhanced contributon to the objectves of FP7.
For every thematc area of FP7 subprogramme each year during
the life span of the Framework Programme, Commission develops
the Work Programme, which specifes in more details the condi-
tons regarding the minimum number of partcipants, or additonal
conditons on the type of partcipant or place of establishment,
other than those specifed in the Rules for Partcipaton (document
of the common nature). However the most specifc data concern-
ing the applicaton to a grant is in the relevant call for proposal.
There are some general rules to the number of partcipants in the
consorta, especially related to the countries they originate from.
Therefore it is important to introduce yourself in detail with the
relevant work programme and more specifcally with calls of pro-
posals. However the frst preconditon is to determine whether
you fall into the category of SME, according to EU rules.
Work programmes
for the FP7 themes
for 2013 can be
found on the
following web page:
Call for
* Or does it have a balance sheet total not exceeding EUR 43 million?
To answer Yes, one of these 2 conditons must be met.
** AUTONOMOUS ENTERPRISES: My enterprise holds less than 25%
(capital or votng rights) in another and/or another holds less than 25% in mine.
Is the organisaton an enterprise, i.e.
engaged in economic actvity?
Does it have fewer than
250 employees?
Does it have an annual turnover not
exceeding EUR 50 million?*
Is it autonomous?**
Fits EU criteria
as SME
Seek sources
of funding
Is my company an SME according to EU criteria?
There are some general rules to the number of partcipants in the consorta, especially
related to the countries they originate from. Therefore it is important to introduce yourself
in detail with the relevant work programme and more specifcally with calls of proposals.
However the frst preconditon is to determine whether you fall into the category of SME,
according to EU rules:
Once you have determined that your organizaton fts in the criteria of eligibility by coun-
try and by type of business, you need to know whether you are Research-performing
SME or Research-acquiring SME.
Research-performing SMEs are those who have the ability to conduct research in-
house and which dedicate at least 10% of their turnover or full-tme equivalent (FTE
- employed persons) to research and development actvites.
Research-acquiring SMEs are those who need to outsource their research to a uni-
versity or research centre, which will perform the research on their behalf.
Depending to which category of SME you fall into you will choose the appropriate sub-
programme of FP7.
SMEs which fall in the category of Research-performing SMEs should seek support un-
der the subprogrammes Cooperaton and People, while those which fall in the category
of Research-acquiring SMEs should seek support under the subprogramme Capacites.
performing SMEs
3.1.3 Subprogrammes of FP7 Cooperaton
The Cooperaton Programme is the largest component of FP7 with a share of two thirds
of the overall budget. Cooperaton covers collaboratve research through transnatonal
consortums in ten themes. Every of 10 listed themes have its own SME strategy. While
the main idea of this component is to devote at least 15% of budget funding for SMEs, this
is not uniform throughout the themes. Specifcaton of partcipaton of SMEs and avail-
able funding is prescribed by the relevant Calls for Proposals. However, expected results
of the projects funded under Cooperaton must be of interest and potental beneft to
SMEs, and the consorta should have a signifcant share of the requested EC funding going
to SMEs.
Calls for proposals (for more informaton please see Secton 3.1.4) under the prescribed
themes are launched under the diferent funding schemes:
Collaboratve projects and networks: Collaboratve Projects, Network of Excellence,
Coordinaton and Support Actons
Joint Technology Initatves (JTI): public-private partnership bringing together indus-
try, research insttutons and the public in a specifc area of interest to defne and fund
research projects.
Coordinaton of natonal research programmes: networks bringing together natonal
research programmes and agencies to launch transnatonal research actvites (ERA-
Internatonal Cooperaton: integraton of internatonal researchers and research in-
sttutons into collaboratve projects and networks.
Project example-Cooperaton
FP7 Specifc programme: Cooperaton
Research theme: Nanosciences, nanotechnologies, materials and new
producton technologies
Funding scheme: Coordinaton (or networking) actons
Project name: 2BFUNTEX - Boostng collaboraton between research centres and in-
dustry to enhance rapid industrial uptake of innovatve functonal textle structures
and textle-related materials in a mondial market.
2BFUNTEX will exploit the untapped potental in functonal textle structures and tex-
tle related materials. It will bring together all innovaton actors in the feld fostering a
multdisciplinary approach between universites, research insttutes, SMEs (in textle
95% of the companies are SMEs) and sector associatons. The 2BFUNTEX team will
identfy technological gaps and will eliminate barriers resultng in a faster industrial
uptake of added value functonal materials with new functonalites and improved
performance, resultng in creaton of new business worldwide.
Project website: htp://
Total Cost: 1,828,317 EUR
EU Contributon: 1,467,500 EUR
Project Coordinator: UNIVERSITEIT GENT, BE
Other partners: 26 partners from 16 European countries - universites, research inst-
tutes, SMEs, industrial associatons, natonal innovaton agencies.
Project example-People
FP7 Specifc programme: People
Research theme: Marie Curie Acton: Industry-Academia Partnerships
and Pathways
Funding scheme: Coordinaton (or networking) actons
Project name: IHACS
Budget Total Cost: Project cost:443,000 EUR
EU Contributon: 443,000 EUR
Other partners:
Electronic systems for smart power control are being increasingly installed in mod-
ern electrically-propelled vehicles, motors, and actuators. The functonality of such
controllers relies primarily on electric current sensors capable of monitoring precisely
pulsed currents. The IHACS project aims at the development of a new family of very
compact, galvanically isolated, open-loop, wide-band, self-calibratng current sen-
sors. The sensors are based on sophistcated mult-axes CMOS HALL magnetometers
with no ferromagnetc parts that employ a new, elaborate technique for sensitvity
stabilizaton against temperature efects. People
The Marie Curie Actons (People Programme in FP7) are focused on training, mobility
and career development of researchers. Marie Curie Actons are based on the so-called
Industry-Academia Partnerships and Pathways (IAPP) schemes which aim to support
establishing of the long-term research cooperaton between the public and the private
sector. Funding is provided mainly for staf exchange, recruitment and networking actvi-
tes but there is also a contributon to research costs and equipment costs for SMEs. Ap-
plicants may be situated in EU Member States, associated countries and third countries.
All research areas are eligible, since there are no thematc priorites. Under these schemes
consortum consistng of one research organisaton from the public sector (university,
research centre) and one from the private sector (any size: SME, large company) are the
most common, but there is no predefned maximum number of partcipants. Proposals
must include as a minimum at least one organisaton from each sector. The diferent par-
tcipatng organisatons should be either from at least two diferent Member States or an
associated country and a Member State. Capacites
The Capacites subprogramme is divided into six broad areas. One
of these Research for the beneft of SMEs is aimed specifcally at
small to medium-sized enterprises and their associatons wishing
to outsource their research. It is intended to strengthen the in-
novaton capacites of SMEs and help develop new products and
markets. Outsourcing will allow SMEs to increase their research
eforts, acquire technological know-how, extend business net-
works and improve the exploitaton of research results. Research-
acquiring SMEs can receive support as individual SMEs through the
Research for SMEs scheme or as SME associatons through the
Research for SME Associatons scheme.
a) Research for SMEs scheme
This scheme is intended for SMEs that need to acquire research
by outsourcing, such as low to medium technology SMEs with litle
or no research capacity, or research intensive SMEs that need to
outsource in order to complement their core research capability.
Projects are intended to create new knowledge or produce results
with clear potental to improve or develop new products, pro-
cesses or services for the SMEs taking part in them.
Within the framework of each project, the Research for SMEs
scheme will support SMEs in:
Research and technological development actvites (RTD) are
those which represent the core of the project with a major
contributon from the RTD performers. SMEs focus on speci-
fcatons, testng and validaton of project results and the pre-
paratory stages for further use.
Demonstraton actvites (DEMO) are designed to prove the
viability of new technologies that ofer a potental economic
advantage but which cannot be commercialised directly (e.g.
testng of product-like prototypes). This is the last develop-
ment stage before products or processes enter producton.
Other actvites (OTHER) facilitate the take-up of results by
the SMEs, in partcular training and disseminaton.
Management actvites (MANAG) are a regular part of the
project and provide an appropriate framework that brings to-
gether all project components and maintains regular commu-
nicatons with the Commission.
Taking into account
the situaton in
Serbia and the low
level of investments
in research and de-
velopment by SMEs
in Serbia (less than
1% of GDP), this
programme can be
potentally atractve
to those companies
seeking external
fnancing of R&D
What does this mean in practce?
This scheme actually funds a typical relatonship between a SME
which wants to outsource know-how from RTD performer with
the aim to develop new or to improve existng products, systems,
processes or services. The idea behind is to allow SMEs to further
develop their actvites by buying knowledge from RTD perform-
ers who sell their expertse and work. The process functons in a
way that SMEs are fnancing themselves, with their own resources,
inital specifcatons and, later on validaton and testng of the ac-
quired knowledge.
In this context, the real investment or cost incurred by the SMEs
includes the price they pay for the know-how they wish to acquire:
the Intellectual Property Rights and knowledge developed during
the project. Part of the occurred costs is actually covered by EC
through this programme, using the following funding model:
Research and technological development actvites: maximum
of 50 % of the eligible costs. However, for SMEs, non-proft
public bodies, secondary and higher educaton establishments
and research organisatons: a maximum of 75 %.
Demonstraton actvites: maximum of 50%
Management and other actvites: maximum of 100%
These types of projects require partcipants from the following
SME partcipants: At least three independent SMEs, estab-
lished in three diferent Member States or associated coun-
RTD performers: At least two RTD performers which must be
independent from any other partcipant and which can come
from any country. Examples of RTD performers are universi-
tes, research organisatons and industrial companies, includ-
ing research performing SMEs.
In additon, other enterprises and end-users may partcipate by
making a partcular contributon to the project. They must also be
independent from any other partcipant.
The size of the consortum should typically be between fve and
10 partcipants. The overall budget of the project should typically
range from EUR 0.5 million to EUR 1.5 million and the duraton of
the project should normally be between one and two years.
Before setng con-
sortum make sure
you fully understand
Intellectual Prop-
erty Rights rules.
More on
Research for SME Associatons scheme
Research for SME Associatons covers the development of solutons which are common
to a number of SMEs in specifc industrial sectors or segments of the value chain through
research that cannot be addressed under Research for SMEs. Projects can, for example,
aim to develop or conform to the European norms and standards, and to meet regula-
tory requirements in areas such as health, safety and environmental protecton. Projects
must be driven by the SME associatons, which are given the opportunity to subcontract
research to RTD performers in order to acquire the necessary technological knowledge
for their members.
Types of actvites
Types of actvites are similar to those intended for individual SMEs, but instead of SMEs
the focus is on SMEs associatons.
Co-fnancing rates for this scheme are:
Research and technological development actvites: maximum of 50 % of the eligible
costs. However, for SMEs, non-proft public bodies, secondary and higher educaton
establishments, and research organisatons: a maximum of 75 %. (SME associatons,
which fulfl any of the above mentoned conditons, qualify for a higher funding rate)
Demonstraton actvites: maximum of 50%
Management and other actvites: maximum of 100%
These types of projects require partcipants from the following categories:
SME partcipants: At least three independent SME associatons/groupings, estab-
lished in three diferent Member States or associated countries or one European
SME associaton/grouping. SME associatons/groupings are legal persons, composed
mostly of and representng the interests of SMEs (e.g. industrial associatons, natonal
or regional industrial associatons and chambers of industry and commerce).
RTD performers: At least two RTD performers which must be independent from any
other partcipant and which can come from any country. Examples of RTD performers
are universites, research organisatons and industrial companies, including research
performing SMEs.
The size of the consortum should typically be between 10 and 15 partcipants. In addi-
ton, the SME end-users group should be limited to 2 to 5 members. The overall budget of
the project should typically range between 1.5 million to 4.0 million and the duraton
of the project should normally be between 2 and 3 years. If a project deviates from these
recommendatons a justfcaton is required.
Project example-Capacites
FP7 Specifc programme: Capacites
Research theme: Research for the beneft of SMEs
Project name: A novel system for the treatment of milk based on the combinaton of
ultrasounds and pulsed electric feld technologies
This project will build on the research and will build prototype system on thermosoni-
caton (TS) combined with pulsed electric feld (PEF). It will be tested and validated in
milk producton facilites. A key innovaton of the SmartMILK project will centre on op-
tmising the combinaton of TS and PEF, whereby TS can assist the treatment technol-
ogy resultng in a lesser degree of thermal damage in milk, thereby retaining more of
the organoleptcally and nutritonally favourable characteristcs of the fresh product,
while potentally achieving similar or superior shelf life to the conventonal treatment.
Project website: htp://
Budget Total Cost: 1,524,647 EUR
EU Contributon: 1,146,043 EUR
Other partners:
3.1.4 Types of funding schemes
Funding of a grant applicaton under the FP7 programme can be implemented under dif-
ferent set of rules defned under something which is called funding scheme. All of these
schemes have its own rules, but we will here present only frst type of funding schemes, as
they have most importance for SMEs. Each of the call for proposal set the type of funding
a) Collaboratve Projects (CP) scheme represent support for research projects carried
out by consorta with partcipants from diferent countries, aiming at developing new
knowledge, new technology, products, demonstraton actvites or common resources
for research. The size, scope and internal organisaton of projects can vary from feld
to feld and from topic to topic. Projects can range from small or medium-scale focused
research actons to large scale integratng projects for achieving a defned objectve. Proj-
ects should also target special groups such as SMEs and other smaller actors.
Developing new knowledge, new technology, products, includ-
ing scientfc coordinaton. Demonstraton actvites or common
resources for research.
Cooperaton, Capacites
Minimum condi-
At least 3 independent legal enttes, each of which is estab-
lished in 3 diferent Member States (MS) or associated country
Target audience Research insttutes, universites, industry, SMEs.
Size and resources
The number of partcipants and volume of resources should
be compatble with overall objectve and manageability of the
whole endeavour. A distncton between diferent forms of
collaboratve projects, based on budgetary thresholds, may be
made on a call-by-call basis. Projects can range from small or
medium-scale focused research actons to large-scale integrat-
ing projects for achieving a defned objectve. Any such limits
will be applied as eligibility criteria and will be specifed in the
call text.
Duraton 2460 months, no formal minimum duraton
Research, demonstraton, management of the consortum,
other actvites such as disseminaton, training
Form of funding
Based on eligible costs or other forms of grants as specifed in
the work programme
b) Networks of Excellence (NoE) support actvites implemented by a number of research
organisatons integratng their actvites in a given feld, carried out by research teams in
the framework of longer term cooperaton. The implementaton of this Joint Programme
of Actvites will require a formal commitment of the organisatons integratng part of
their resources and their actvites.
Durable integraton of the partcipants research actvites/
capacites with a view to creatng a European virtual centre of
research in a dedicate feld.
Cooperaton, Capacites
Minimum condi-
At least 3 independent legal enttes, each of which is estab-
lished in 3 diferent MS or AC
Target audience Research insttutes, universites and companies
Size and resources
Once the minimum conditons have been satsfed, a range be-
tween 3 and 7 partcipants would seem to be optmal for a NoE.
Duraton 4860 months
Joint programme of actvites (JPA):
Combinaton and complementary use of resources of
the partcipants such as mutual access to infrastructure,
equipment, material, data and knowledge; exchanges of
researchers, managers and technicians; redesign of the
research portolios and the research priorites, and real-
locaton of the resources in a way to allow increase of the
number and the quality of the results produced, while
optmising the use of the partcipants capacites.
Management of the consortum and where appropriate,
training, disseminaton and communicaton actvites
Form of funding
Based on eligible costs or other forms of grants as specifed in
the work programme
c) Coordinaton and Support Actons (CSA) represents support for actvites aimed at
coordinatng or supportng research actvites and policies (networking, exchanges, trans-
natonal access to research infrastructures, studies, conferences, etc.). These actons may
also be implemented without calls for proposals. Under Coordinaton and Support Ac-
tons we have two types of actvites funded: coordinaton and supportng.
c1) Coordinaton and Support Actons: Coordinatng (CSACA)
No funding of actual work on the research, development or
demonstraton actvites;
Focusing of the scheme is to support coordinaton of research
actvites and policies
Cooperaton, People, Ideas, and Capacites
Minimum condi-
At least 3 independent legal enttes, each of which is estab-
lished in 3 diferent MS or AC
Target audience
Research organisatons; universites; industry, including SMEs;
research programme managers and owners (ERA-NET and Re-
search Infrastructure actons)
Size and resources
The size, scope and internal organisaton of coordinaton actons
and support actons can vary from research theme to research
theme and from topic to topic.
Duraton Few months 48 months
Networking, coordinaton and disseminaton actvites. Common
type of actvites are:
the organisaton of events including conferences, meetngs,
workshops or seminars, related studies, exchanges of personnel,
exchange and disseminaton of good practces, and, if neces-
sary, the defniton, organisaton and management of joint or
common initatves, together with management of the acton.
Form of funding
Based on eligible costs or other forms of grants as specifed in
the work programme
c2) Coordinaton and Support Actons: Supportng (CSASA)
No funding of actual work on the research, development or
demonstraton actvites;
Normally focused on one specifc actvity and ofen one spe-
cifc event
Cooperaton, People, Ideas, and Capacites
Minimum condi-
At least one legal entty
Target audience
Research organisatons; universites; industry, including SMEs;
research programme managers and owners (ERA-NET and
Research Infrastructure actons)
Size and resources
The size, scope and internal organisaton of coordinaton ac-
tons and support actons can vary from research theme to
research theme and from topic to topic
Duraton Few months 48 months
monitoring and assessment; conferences; seminars; work-
shops; working or expert groups or
individual expert appointment leters; studies; fact fnd-
ing; monitoring; strategy development; high level scientfc
awards and compettons; operatonal support; data access
and disseminaton, informaton and communicaton actvites;
management actvites; specifc services actvites related to
research infrastructures, such as for example transnatonal
access; preparatory technical work, including feasibility stud-
ies for the development of new infrastructures; contributon
to the constructon of new infrastructures; cooperaton with
other European research schemes; or a combinaton of these.
Form of funding
Based on eligible costs or other forms of grants as specifed in
the work programme
Calls for 2013
All calls for FP7 programme can be found on the webpage of the
Partcipant portal on the address
3.1.5 Common financial rules for FP7 Programme
Benefciaries of EU funds under FP7 programme may charge eligible direct and indirect
costs. Direct costs are those costs directly related to the project, which can be clearly
identfed and justfed by the accountng rules and principles of the benefciary. Overhead
costs (also referred to as Indirect costs) are those costs which are not directly related
to the project, not identfed as direct costs and which do not include any costs already
directly charged to the project. They are determined in accordance with the accountng
principles of the benefciary but must be related to the project, subject to audit trail and
be real.
Eligible costs are actual costs occurred during duraton of project in accordance with its
usual accountng and management principles and recorded in accounts of benefciary. Un-
der the actual costs benefciaries are expressing also average personnel costs which must
be consistent with the management principles and accountng practces and they do not
signifcantly difer from the actual personnel costs, identfed according to a methodology
approved by the Commission.
Examples of eligible direct costs are:
Actual personnel costs
Equipment/ Consumables
Business trips
Examples of indirect costs:
Costs for general administraton and management;
Ofce or laboratory space, including rent or depreciaton of buildings and equipment
and all related expenditures such as water, electricity; maintenance; insurance and
safety costs
Communicaton expenses, network connecton charges, postal charges and ofce sup-
Depreciaton of common ofce equipment such as PCs, laptops, ofce sofware;
Various consumables
Non eligible costs are:
identfable indirect taxes including VAT
interest owed,
provisions for possible future losses or charges,
exchange losses, cost related to return on capital,
costs declared or incurred, or reimbursed in respect of another EU funded projects,
(avoiding double funding),
debt and debt service charges, excessive or reckless expenditure
Reimbursement rate for projects funded under FP7 programme depend on the type of
funding scheme. However it is important to consult relevant call for proposals for exact
rules and eligibility of costs.
Reimbursement rates according to funding schemes and type of actvites for SMEs are
the following:
Type of actvites/
Type of funding scheme
Research and techno-
logical development
of the consor-
tum actvites
Network of excellence
75% (***)
Collaboratve project
75% (***)
50% 100%
Coordinaton and support
100% (****)
(*) Research and technological development includes operatonal actvites directly re-
lated to the protecton of foreground and coordinaton of research actvites.
(**) Other actvites means any specifc actvity covered by Annex I.
(***) For benefciaries that are non-proft public bodies, secondary and higher educaton
establishments, research organisatons and SMEs
(****) The reimbursement of indirect eligible costs, in the case of coordinaton and sup-
port actons, may reach a maximum 7% of the direct eligible costs, excluding the direct
eligible costs for subcontractng and the costs of reimbursement of resources made avail-
able by third partes which are not used on the premises of the benefciary.
3.2.1. About the programme (objectives and components)
The Compettveness and Innovaton Framework Programme (CIP) focuses on supportng
small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the area of energy efciency and renew-
able energy sources, environmental technologies, entrepreneurship and a beter use of
informaton and communicaton technology (ICT).
The CIP provides the following types of support:
Beter access to fnance through the fnancial instruments
Services to companies through the centres under the Enterprise Europe Network
Grants to pilot and market replicaton projects in the area of ICT or eco-innovaton
Grants for policy makers for networking and exchange of best practces on innovaton
Support to the elaboraton of studies to analyse latest trends in SMEs or innovaton
policies in EU Member States or diferent industrial sectors at European or global level
The CIP, with an overall budget of 3,621 million, covers 2007-2013 period and comprises
three operatonal sub-programmes aimed at contributng to the compettveness of en-
terprises and their innovatve capacity in their own areas:
1. The Entrepreneurship and Innovaton Programme (EIP) focusing on SMEs
2. The Informaton Communicaton Technologies Policy Support Programme (ICT-PSP)
to support the adopton of ICTs in businesses, administratons and public sector ser-
3. The Intelligent Energy Europe Programme (IEE) to support the use, disseminaton and
exchange of related knowledge and know-how for improving energy sustainability
CIP indicatve budget overview for 2007 - 2013 ( mio)
Entrepreneurship and Innovaton Programme
of which eco-innovaton 430
of which fnancial instruments 1,130
of which Enterprise Europe Network 338
ICT Policy Support Programme (ICT-PSP) 728
Intelligent Energy Europe Programme (IEE) 727
TOTAL 3,621
All three operatonal sub-programmes of CIP are managed by the European Commission,
which is assisted by separate commitees consistng of Member States representatves.
Each operatonal programme has a separate annual work programme which needs to be
adopted by the European Commission afer receiving a favourable opinion of the respec-
tve commitee. Work programmes are public and available on the websites of the three
CIP programmes. Besides work programmes, the EC also adopts annually the support mea-
sures, such as analysis, studies, conferences and communicaton, which are not covered
by the annual work programmes. By consultng the work programmes and the support
measures potental benefciaries can have a clear idea about the actons covered by the
CIP every year before the calls are published.
Compettveness and
Innovaton Framework
Programme (CIP)
Entrepreneurship and
Innovaton Programme
Informaton and Com-
municaton Technologies
Policy Support Pro-
Intelligent Energy
Programme (IEE)*
Access to fnance for SMEs
Creaton of an environment
favourable to SME coopera-
Innovaton in enterprises
The eco-innovaton
Entrepreneurship and in-
novaton culture
Enterprise and innovaton-
related economic and
administratve reform
ICT for smart cites
Digital content, open
data and creatvity
ICT for health, ageing
well and inclusion
Innovatve government
and public services
Trusted eServices and
other actons
*IEE is not ofcially open to Serbia
3.2.2 Country criteria
The CIP is open for the partcipaton of EEA countries (EU countries
plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) and the following non-EU-
member countries:
Entrepreneurship and Innovaton Programme (EIP): Croata,
the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Tur-
key and Serbia fully partcipate in the EIP; Israel and Albania
partcipate in certain parts.
ICT Policy Support Programme (ICT-PSP): Croata, Montenegro,
Turkey and Serbia.
Intelligent Energy Europe Programme (IEE): the former Yugo-
slav Republic of Macedonia, and Croata.
The calls for proposals are published on the
CIP website htp://
There is no specifc deadline for publicaton of proposals. The web-
site of each CIP programme also host a list of projects funded so far.
Eligible SMEs under terms that are defned for CIP by the Euro-
pean Commission are those which employ less than 250 persons
and which have either an annual turnover not exceeding 50 million
euro, or an annual balance sheet total not exceeding 43 million.
3.2.3 CIP Subprogrammes The Entrepreneurship and Innovaton
programme (EIP)
The Entrepreneurship and Innovaton programme (EIP) is the larg-
est sub-programme of CIP with a budget of 2.17 billion for 2007-
2013. Serbia joined EIP at the end of 2008. Current 2012 is the ffh
year of Serbian partcipaton in this Programme with 820,000
worth annual contributon. EIP 2013 Work Programme stll being
in its draf stage, we will illustrate the scope of EIP interventons by
focusing on the previous Work Programme for 2012.
NCP for CIP-EIP in
Serbia is
Ministry of
Finance and
Contacts can be
found on CIP Serbia
EIP 2012 Work Programme aims to achieve its objectves given in the CIP legal base (De-
cision No. 1639/2006/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 October
2006, establishing a Compettveness and Innovaton Framework Programme 2007-2013)
through the following actons:
Access to fnance for SMEs through CIP fnancial instruments and investment in innova-
ton actvites with 181.6 million (including 39 million for eco-innovaton), which target
SMEs needs for fnancing at various stages of development and support investments in
technological development, innovaton and eco-innovaton, technology transfer and the
cross border expansion of business actvites. More informaton are available on page 38.
Creaton of an environment favourable to SME cooperaton with 63.3 million supports
fnancing of the contracts with partners of the Enterprise Europe Network ( 47.9 million)
and the animaton of this network ( 3.2 million), actons to enhance a favourable environ-
ment for SMEs ( 4.2 million), the compettveness and sustainability in European tourism
(6 million), and SME and Craf Enterprises Partcipaton in European Standardisaton (2
Innovaton in enterprises acton worth 33.8 million supports the following: key technolo-
gies and e-skills (14.5 million), measures broadening the concept of innovaton, e.g. de-
sign initatves and social innovaton (7.5 million), innovaton partnerships on raw materi-
als and on water (3.1 million), innovaton analysis and promoton, such as the Innovaton
Union Scoreboard and a European service innovaton centre (6.5 million), and promoton
of electric vehicles technologies ( 2.3 million).
The eco-innovaton acton worth 39 million supports innovatve products, processes
and services that are not fully marketed due to residual risks and aim to reduce envi-
ronmental impacts, prevent polluton or achieve a more efcient and responsible use
of natural resources. Out of total budget, 35 million are foreseen for the frst applica-
ton and market replicaton projects, 3 million for the Sustainable Industry Low Carbon
Scheme (SILC) and 1 million for an EU Environmental Technology Verifcaton (ETV) Pilot
Entrepreneurship and innovaton culture acton with 11.2 million budget is directed
towards promotng entrepreneurship ( 10.2 million), such as Erasmus for Entrepreneurs
and the European SME Week, and the promoton of Corporate Social Responsibility (1
Enterprise and innovaton-related economic and administratve reform worth 6.3 mil-
lion supports the implementaton of the Small Business Act for Europe (SBA) (4 million),
such as the SME Performance Review and the monitoring and exchange of good practces,
as well as internatonal cooperaton in the feld of enterprise policy (1.7 million) and ad-
ministratve burden studies (0.6 million).
Evaluation criteria
As for the selecton and award criteria, each proposal will be evaluated on the basis of cri-
teria specifed in the respectve call for proposals. Essentally, selecton criteria are based
on the following:
(a) fnancial capacity to complete the proposed operaton;
(b) stable and sufcient sources of fnance to ensure the contnuity of the organisaton
throughout the project and to play a part in fnancing it;
(c) operatonal (technical and management) capacity to complete the operaton;
(d) capacity to manage actvites corresponding to the size of the project for which a
grant is requested;
(e) adequate professional qualifcatons and experience of the team responsible for the
An evaluaton of the quality of proposals, including the proposed budget, will be based on
the following award criteria:
(a) relevance of the actons proposed in view of the objectves established in the call;
(b) quality of the proposed actons;
(c) impact on target audience;
(d) budget and cost-efectveness.
Eco-innovation initiative under EIP component
Eco-innovaton initatve is a part of the EIP component. It supports
environment friendly ideas for innovatve products, services and
processes commercially ready to use for business and industry. Its
not only helping EU to meet its environmental objectves but also
to boost economic growth.
Eco-innovaton strives to reduce environmental impact and make
beter use of resources in the following areas:
Materials recycling and recycling processes;
Sustainable building products;
Food and drink sector;
Water efciency, treatment and distributon;
Greening business.
The EU aims to maximise the impact of Eco-innovaton in a way
that the best Eco-innovaton projects can be replicated across the
EU. It is important to emphasise that Eco-innovaton projects are
not research projects, but those whose ideas are developed, fea-
sible and viable on the market in the long-term.
SMEs play a major role in this regard which is why priority is given
to their projects. Funding is made available in form of grants.
Co-fnancing rates
The fnancial contributon under CIP eco-innovaton takes the form
of a grant of-setng part of the eligible costs of the project, under
the following maximum rate:
50 % if the beneftng company is a medium enterprise;
60% if the beneftng company is a small enterprise.
If the project involves industrial or commercial actvites, the rules
governing the funding from CIP follow the Community guidelines
for State aid for environmental protecton. This includes in partcu-
Costs eligible for funding should correspond to the extra in-
vestment costs necessary to achieve a level of protecton
higher than the level required by the Community standards,
and should be directly related to the innovatve technique or
method proposed.
Eligible costs must be calculated net of any operatng benefts
and costs incurred during the frst fve years of the life of the
If the project receives funding from other public sources of funding, their contributon
should be deducted from the maximum rate indicated above, which applies to the sum of
all public funding.
If the project does not involve industrial or commercial actvites, the total cost of the
project may be considered eligible, with the exceptons listed below:
land purchase or any other related costs;
studies not specifcally addressing the objectve stated in the fnanced
investments in major infrastructure or investments of a non-innovatve nature,
including actvites already confrmed on an industrial scale;
research and technological development actvites;
land remediaton costs, which are subject to the polluter-pays principle;
any cost incurred for acton which benefts from aid under other Community fnancial
Eco-innovaton has been open for Serbia since 2009 with no successful projects so far. The
initatve is promoted by Enterprise Europe Network in Serbia (see page 43 for more infor-
maton). The biggest problems for applicants thus far can be summarized in the following:
lack of European value-added;
poor budget/business plan preparaton
lack of adequate partners from other European countries and
lack of projects/product ideas stemming from public-private partnerships/academic
insttutons and spin-of/spin-out companies
Project example - Eco-innovaton
CIP - Entrepreneurship and Innovaton Programme (EIP)
Project type: Market Replicaton Project
Project name: Used tyresvalorisaton as lightweight fller for embankments
The project aimed at contributng to reducton of the impact of tyres wastes treat-
ment using scraped tyres as fller for road embankments. The frst step of the project
was the design of the embankment, substtutng the traditonal parameters of design
for natural soil for those needed for the calculaton and design with synthetc fller.
Project website: htp://
Budget Total Cost: 1.29MEUR
EU Contributon: 0.58MEUR
Other partners:
Due to low level of interest of Serbian banks to take an ac-
tve role in EU supported fnancial instruments, EU backed loans
are available in Serbia only through one fnancial intermediary
- aanska banka a.d. Loans are extended with a purpose to
enhance micro-enterprises access to fnance, with partcular
focus on entrepreneurs startng up their business. Eligible bor-
rowers are entrepreneurs and micro enterprises which employ
fewer than 10 persons and whose annual turnover and/or an-
nual balance sheet total does not exceed EUR 2 million. Loans
can go up to 25,000 with a minimum maturity of 12 months
and a minimum grace period of up to 12 months. Loans for fxed
assets are provided without additonal collateral other than se-
curity over the asset which is being acquired through the loan
and without any contributon, while loans for working capital
require no additonal collateral and have an increasing maxi-
mum maturity from 3 to 5 years.
Access to finance
The main funding schemes under the CIP available to Serbian SMEs
are the following:
Community fnancial instruments
The fnancial instruments, managed by the European Investment
Fund (EIF) on behalf of the European Commission, aim to lower
market gaps in the supply of debt and equity fnance to SMEs.
These instruments are implemented solely through fnancial inter-
mediaries or specialised funds (htp://
The fnancial instruments which target the needs of SMEs at vari-
ous stages of their life-cycle (the seed, start-up, expansion and
business transfer phases) are the following:
EU backed
in Serbia
for SMEs
High Growth and
Innovatve SME
Facility - GIF1
Provides venture capital for innovatve
SMEs for their early stage investments.
High Growth and
Innovatve SME
Facility - GIF2
Provides capital for innovatve SMEs in their
expansion stage investment.
SME Guarantee
Facility - SMEG
Guarantees loans to SMEs, including micro-
credit and mezzanine fnance. The guaran-
tees are given to fnancial intermediaries
who provide the fnance to SMEs.
Calls for 2013
EU Programme name: Compettveness and Innovaton Framework
Programme (CIP)

Subprogramme: Entrepreneurship and Innovaton Programme/Eco-innovaton inita-
The last call of the eco-innovaton initatve with a foreseen budget of approximately
EUR 40 million is expected to be launched in May 2013 and to be closed in September
Call will be published on this page:

Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs under EIP component
CIP cross-border exchange programme Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs aims at enhanc-
ing entrepreneurship, developing the internatonal outlook and compettveness of Euro-
pean SMEs and fostering potental start-up entrepreneurs and newly-established micro
and small enterprises. This programme is to help new entrepreneurs enrich their experi-
ence, deepen their knowledge and expand their network by spending periods of tme of 1
to 6 months in enterprises run by experienced entrepreneurs in other EU Member States
and in other countries partcipatng in the Compettveness and Innovaton Programme.
As part of their registraton, new entrepreneurs and host entrepreneurs have to choose
an Intermediary Organisaton (IO) that is ofcially appointed by the European Commission
to handle applicatons, establish exchanges and provide guidance and support. Serbian
eligible insttutons applied (some by forming consorta) to become IOs for the implemen-
taton of Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs for the frst tme in 2012.
Currently, applicatons are stll in the evaluatng process. Regardless of whether Serbian
bids for IOs get accepted or rejected, Serbian new entrepreneurs (NEs) and host entre-
preneurs (HEs) will be able to apply for partcipaton. In case there are no approved IOs in
Serbia, NEs and HEs can apply to other countries with established structures on the list of
local contact point which can be found on the ofcial programme website
htp:// ICT Policy Support Programme (ICT
The second pillar of CIP, the ICT Policy Support Programme (ICT
PSP), with an overall budget of 730 million over 7 years, is the
major fnancial instrument used at the EU level for stmulatng sus-
tainable and inclusive growth by stmulatng the wider uptake and
best use of innovatve digital technologies and content by citzens,
governments and businesses, in partcular SMEs. Serbia joined this
programme in 2010 with an annual contributon of 272,733.
The ICT-PSP has as its objectves: to develop the Single Europe-
an Informaton Space and strengthen the market for ICT and ICT
based products and services; to stmulate innovaton through in-
vestment in ICT and their wider adopton; and to develop an inclu-
sive informaton society and more efcient and efectve services
in areas of public interest.
More specifcally, the 2012 work programme focuses on 5 themes,
each of which has its own objectves:
ICT for smart cites. Total funding available for this theme
is 27 M and it is intended to fund projects under the three
objectves: smart urban digital services for energy efciency;
cooperatve transport systems for smart mobility; open Inno-
vaton for Internet-enabled services and next generaton ac-
cess (NGA) services in smart cites.
Digital content, open data and creatvity. The total funding
available for this theme is 41 M, encompassing three objec-
tves: Europeana and creatvity; open data and open access to
content; eLearning.
ICT for health, ageing well and inclusion. The total funding
available for this theme is 24 M and actons will be funded
under the following objectves: wide deployment of integrated
care services; towards open and personalised solutons for ac-
tve and independent living; digital capacity and skills; fall pre-
venton network for older persons; large scale deployment of
telehealth services for chronic conditons management; adop-
ton, taking up and testng of standards and specifcatons for
eHealth interoperability; community building on actve and
healthy ageing.
PSP in Serbia is
Ministry of Foreign
and Internal Trade
Digital Agenda
+381 (011) 2020 081
Innovatve government and public services. The total available funding for this
theme is 20 M, encompassing three objectves: basic cross sector services; exten-
sion of eCodex (on eJustce); Extension of HeERO (on eCall).
Trusted eServices and other actons. The total EU funding available for this theme
is 15 M and it is intended to fund projects under the following three objectves:
cybersecurity with a partcular focus on fghtng botnets; mobile cloud for business
applicatons; satellite contributon to 100% EU broadband coverage.
These themes and actons are supported by a limited number of high impact pilot or best
practce projects, as well as thematc networks. The projects are selected through a call
for proposals, defne the following:
In additon, support is given through calls for tender for studies, analysis, benchmarking
actvites, conferences and events that help monitor and promote the development of the
Digital Agenda.
Project example - ICT PSP
CIP - Entrepreneurship and Innovaton Programme (EIP)
Informaton Communicaton Technologies Policy Support Programme
Project type: Pilot Acton
Project name: Central and South European Language Resources
The project intends to enhance, upgrade, standardise and cross-link a wide variety of
language resources and tools and make them available, thus contributng to an open
European linguistc infrastructure. The project will make available a comprehensive
set of language resources and tools, covering the Hungarian, Polish, Croatan, Serbian,
Bulgarian and Slovak languages.
Project website: htp://
Budget Total Cost: 4.16 MEUR; EU Contributon: 2.08 MEUR
Project coordinator: Hungarian Academy of Sciences, HU
Other partners:
Insttute of Computer Science Polish Academy of Sciences, PL
University of d, PL
University of Zagreb, HR
University of Belgrade, RS
Pupin Insttute, RS
Insttute for Bulgarian Language, BG
Slovak Academy of Sciences, SK



instrument Intelligent Energy Europe
The Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE) with a budget of 730 million for 2007-2013 is a sub-
programme of CIP for the promoton of energy efciency and use of renewable energy
sources. The sub-programme is aiming towards a secure, clean and sustainable energy for
Europe, by at the same tme enhancing European compettveness.
The Intelligent Energy Europe programme objectves are as follows: to promote energy
efciency and stmulate the ratonal use of energy sources; to promote the use of new
and renewable energy sources and to encourage energy diversifcaton; to promote en-
ergy efciency and the use of new and renewable energy sources in the feld of transport.
This component is not available to Serbia.
Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) is a network of business support organizatons from
more than 50 countries connected through databases. EEN, co-fnanced through the CIP
has been launched in 2008 by the Commissions Directorate-General for Enterprise and
Industry. The EEN provides integrated business and innovaton support services to help
make enterprises more compettve. It provides enterprises with up-to-date informaton
on European directves and regulatons, public sector contract opportunites, business
opportunites, funding, and research and development initatves.
EEN services are tailored to SMEs and comprise the following:
Going internatonal
Technology transfer
Access to fnance
Research funding
Advice on EU law and standards
Intellectual property and patents
Speak up on EU law
For more informaton please visit
and Serbian portal
Enterprise Europe Network in Serbia
informs you through the Newsleter about all events within
the Network. In the EEN Newsleter you can fnd informaton
about foreign companies which are interested in fnding Ser-
bian partners and willing to establish business cooperaton.
The Republic of Serbias Natonal Agency for Regional Development (NARD) coordinates
the EU project Enterprise Europe Network (EEN), which is jointly implemented with the
partners listed below:
Belgrade Mihailo Pupin Insttute
Belgrade Serbian Investment and Export Promo-
ton Agency
Belgrade Natonal Agency for Regional Develop-
Belgrade University of Belgrade
Belgrade Serbian Chamber of Commerce
Nis University of Nis
Novi Sad University of Novi Sad
Afer you have identfed the desired Call for proposal you need to
read carefully the Informaton Package for the Call you have ex-
pressed the interest for. The package is consisted of the Call fche,
Work Programme and Guide for Applicants (depending on what
type of actvity you choose to apply for - Types are defned in the
Call fche).
Once you have thoroughly introduced yourself with these informa-
ton you can begin the process of preparing the proposal. Propos-
als are submited through the Partcipants portal.
The Partcipant Portal is an Internet portal for the partcipants to
the 7th Framework Programme (FP7) and the Compettveness and
Innovaton Programme (CIP).
The Submission system allows electronic submission of proposals,
via the web. The system helps you in selectng the Funding scheme,
managing the list of partcipants and contact details, communicat-
ing with partners on the proposal, uploading the necessary fles
and flling the administratve forms. Once the proposal is com-
pleted, it can be submited multple tmes if revisions are needed
before the call deadline.
Partcipant Portal
for CIP and FP7
First it is important to register on the ECAS (European Commission Authentcaton Service)
Here you will insert basic informaton about your organizaton/yourself. Afer completng
registraton you will obtain login informaton necessary for login on the Partcipant Portal.
Afer registraton it is necessary to obtain the Partcipant Identfcaton Code (PIC) which is
a 9 digits unique identfer for every validated legal entty. Each partcipant in the proposal
(member of the consortum) needs to have its own PIC number. Follow the registraton
and validaton process from the following page
Once you have obtained the necessary registraton, it is of utmost importance that you
read thoroughly the User manuals for the usage of the Portal.
Once you have completed step 2 you can start preparing your proposal. Proposals are
usually consisted of two parts: Part A and Part B (sometmes part C as the Budget is in-
Part A
The Part of a proposal is dealing with administratve data, contact details, summary of
the proposal, summary of the budget and all other identfers necessary to determine
your eligibility.
Part B
Part B is the heart of the proposal and difers from call to call. This part of the proposal
explains the work to be carried out and the roles and capacites of the partcipants in the
consortum. This part is uploaded to the Submission system as a PDF fle.
We will present here simplifed contents of Part B: one for one FP7 project and one for CIP.
Type of funding scheme: Research for SMEs
Secton 1 (15 pages, plus the tables)
1. Scientfc and/or technological excellence, relevant to the topics/actvites addressed
by the call
a. Soundness of concept and quality of objectves
b. Innovatve character in relaton to the state-of-the-art
c. Contributon to advancement of knowledge/technological progress
d. Quality and efectveness of Scientfc/Technological methodology and associ-
ated work plan (following type of actvites)
Research, technological development and innovaton actvites
Demonstraton actvites
Other actvites
Work package list and deliverables list (must be interlinked)
Summary of staf efort (linked with work packages and essental for budget design)
List of milestones (including tming and means of verifcaton)
Secton 2 (around 10 pages and the table)
2. Quality of the Consortum as a whole
a. Descripton of project management structure and procedures
b. Descripton of the consortum
c. Appropriate allocaton and justfcaton of the resources to be commited
d: Indicatve breakdown of the ofer from the RTD performers to the SME partci-
Secton 3: (10 pages plus table)
3. Impact. The potental impact through the development, disseminaton and use of
project results
a. Contributon, at the European and/or internatonal level, to the expected impacts
listed in the work programme under the relevant actvity
b. Appropriateness of measures envisaged for the disseminaton and/or exploita-
ton of project results, and management of intellectual property
Project results and management of intellectual property
Disseminaton and/or exploitaton of project results
Project Results (including knowledge) to be acquired by the SME partcipants
Secton 4: (no limit)
4. Ethical issues
Describe any ethics issues that may arise in the project. In partcular, you should explain
the beneft and burden of the experiments and the efects it may have on the research
partcipants. All countries where research will be undertaken should be identfed.
Secton 5: (one page)
5. Consideraton of gender aspects
Providing indicaton of what kind of actons would be undertaken during the course of the
project to promote gender equality in the project, or in the feld of research.
EXAMPLE: PART B-CIP Eco-innovaton
Secton 1 (1 page)
1. Summary of the project
Specifc Objectves
Descripton of the proposed soluton and summary of the work programme
Major outputs and results (including main result indicators)
Secton 2 (4 pages)
Descripton of the technology, product or process including its innovaton aspects
Descripton of any preparatory research, existng prototype or previous tests in real-
life (and their results)
Summary of quantfed environmental impacts
Similar or comparable solutons on the market, existng compettors
Descripton of possible technical and economic risks
Issues of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), existng, requested or planned patents
A fowchart related to your innovatve soluton (process, material, product) including
a general mass and energy balance
Secton 3 (3 pages)
Short-term and potental market size for uptake
Identfed market barriers to the proposed soluton
Market demand and/or results of market analyses
Legislatve/policy frameworks in partcipatng countries/EU and how they afect the
implementaton of your soluton.
Secton 4: (2 pages)
Marketng strategy/expected return on investment/business plan
Transferability and replicaton
Target groups and key actors
Exploitaton and business opportunites of the project during and afer the project
Secton 5: (2 pages per bullet point)
Objectves Results Impacts of the Acton
Environmental benefts and resource efciency in a life-cycle approach (when evaluat-
ing the net environmental benefts, please consider the entre life cycle of the soluton
proposed (e.g. resources, producton, use, and disposal)
Economic sustainability (including cost-benefts)
Objectves Results Impacts of the Acton
Secton 6: (half page per partcipant)
Ratonale for the Compositon of the Consortum
Secton 7 Co-fnancing Sources
Secton 8 European Added Value
EU dimension of the market barriers and environmental challenges and how they will
be tackled
Level of European cooperaton in the project
Secton 9 (Introducton to Work programme 2 pages, Work Packages 2-4 pages per WP)
Ratonale and structure of your work programme divided up in Work Packages (mainly
project phases)
Diagram summarising and illustratng the logic of your work programme
Work Packages
Part C: Detailed budget


Introduction into the
New Financial
Framework 2014-2020
Section 4
Horizon 2020
On 29
June 2011, the European Commission published its proposal for the next Multan-
nual Financial Framework (MFF) 2014-2020. It proposes the fnancial basis for the period
2014-2020 and sets the frame for the follow-up structure of all current EU programmes, as
well as the entre EU budget. Negotatons between the Council, the European Parliament
and the Member States have started on the basis of this proposal. The fnal agreement
should be reached by the end of 2012, early 2013. It is expected that relevant regulatons
will be adopted during 2013, while implementaton of diferent fnancial instrument will
start during 2014. The EC has proposed several instruments under the MFF 2014-2020
which will represent contnuaton or new EU Programmes, including those relevant for
First, the Horizon 2020 - the Common Strategic Framework for Research and Innovaton
(CSF) will be created in order to streamline three existng initatves and make them more
SME-friendly and open to new partcipants: the 7th Framework Programme (FP7), the in-
novaton part of the Compettveness and Innovaton Framework Programme (CIP) and the
European Insttute for Innovaton and Technology (EIT).
The CSF will have a total budget of 80 billion and will promote actvites covering the en-
tre spectrum from research to market structured around three distnct blocks, in line with
the Europe 2020 priorites:
Creatng industrial leadership and compettve frameworks aiming to support and
promote business research and innovaton in enabling technologies; services and
emerging sectors with a strong focus on leveraging private sector investment in R&D;
address SME-specifc problems and providing EU wide support for innovaton in SMEs
with high growth potental.
Excellence in the science base emphasising stronger support for fronter research;
future and emerging technologies; skills, training and career development of research-
ers; and networking of, access to and development of priority research infrastructures;
Tackling societal challenges - focusing on integratng innovaton actons, cross-discipli-
nary approaches, and socio-economic and humanites research;
More informaton on the Horizon 2020
can be found on:
Under the priority Industrial leadership with the budget of
17.9 billion aim will be to make Europe a more atractve locaton
for businesses, large and small, to invest and set the research and
innovaton agenda. Three key elements will support this goal:
1. Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies will support
the development of technologies underpinning innovaton across a
range of sectors, including ICT and space. Horizon 2020 will have a
strong focus on developing European industrial capabilites in Key
Enabling Technologies (KETs) with a budget of 5.89 billion. These
Micro- and nano-electronics; photonics
Advanced materials
Advanced manufacturing and processing
2. Access to Risk Finance. Under Horizon 2020, a total amount of
3.5 billion is budgeted for fnancial instrument facilites, and ac-
companying measures, for research and innovaton. At least one-
third of this amount will be dedicated to SMEs. Two fnancing facili-
tes will be available:
A debt facility providing loans, guarantees and other forms
of debt fnance to enttes of all forms and sizes, including re-
search and innovaton-driven SMEs
An equity facility providing fnance for early- and growth-stage
investments, with a partcular focus on early-stage SMEs with
the potental to carry out innovaton and grow rapidly.
Their aim will be to support the achievement of the research and
innovaton objectves of all sectors and policy areas crucial for tack-
ling societal challenges, enhancing innovaton and fostering sus-
tainable growth. They will be implemented via a mandate to, or
a partnership with, the European Investment Bank Group and/or
other internatonal fnancial insttutons and natonal intermediar-
3. Innovaton in SMEs. The new dedicated SME instrument will be
designed to provide easy access with simple rules and procedures.
The new instrument will encourage SMEs to put forward their most
innovatve ideas with an EU dimension. However it will be also used
across all societal challenges and industrial technologies. The new
instrument will integrate the specifc SME measures of FP7 in one
comprehensive, simple and easily accessible scheme.
It covers the possibility to outsource research and development critcal to the innovaton
projects of non-research intensive SMEs, currently supported under Research for the
Beneft of SMEs. Support will be provided in three diferent stages covering the whole
innovaton cycle(feasibility part, research and development with the emphasis on dem-
onstraton and market replicaton and fnally commercialisaton phase which will be sup-
ported indirectly through simplifed access to debt and equity fnancial instruments).
Under the priority Excellent Science, 3.1 billion will be allocated to Future and Emerg-
ing Technologies (FET) which supports collaboratve research across scientfc and engi-
neering disciplines with a clear fnal goal or purpose. Researchers may be investgatng
the foundatons for radically new technologies, or working towards a breakthrough, which
could transfer new ideas from science into technology. Under Horizon 2020, the Commis-
sion proposes to make FET an integral part of this objectve and open it up to collaboratve
projects in any technological area (for example material science or health).
Companies are also expected to play a major role in the third key objectve of Horizon
2020, Societal challenges, which has a dedicated budget of 31.7 billion. For each of
the six challenges a whole innovaton cycle approach will be developed, with a greater
emphasis on close to the market actvites such as demonstraton and pilotng.
Compettveness and SMEs Programme COSME will be introduced as a successor to the
non-innovaton part of the CIP. The proposed budget is 2.5 billion. Main target of the
Programme will be SMEs, Entrepreneurs, Business Support Organisatons, regional and
natonal Administratons. The Programme will focus on promotng entrepreneurship and
more dynamic and internatonally-compettve SMEs, through the following measures:
1. Access to fnance: fnancial instruments for growth - including an equity facility for
growth-phase investment, providing commercially-oriented reimbursable equity fnancing
primarily in the form of venture capital (VC) through fnancial intermediaries to SMEs and a
loan facility, providing direct or other risk sharing arrangements with fnancial intermediar-
ies to cover loans for SMEs. The facility will generate a high leverage efect and would pro-
vide the cross-border lending or mult-country lending that could not easily be achieved
through facilites at natonal level.
2. Improving the compettveness and sustainability of EU industry supportng:
Actvites to improve European compettveness by improving the economic and regu-
latory environment at European level through benchmarking, the exchange of best
practces and sectoral initatves;
Developing SME policy and promotng SME compettveness in line with the goals of
the Small Business Act (SBA) through reinforcing the Think Small Principle in policy
making, identfying and exchanging best practces in order to contribute to the imple-
mentaton of the SBA, maintaining a single entry point to EU policies the Small Busi-
ness Portal and support to SMEs to exploit the potental of the Single market;
Tourism, by providing reliable informaton on trends in tourism demand at European
level; promotng ICT uptake by tourism enterprises; combatng tourism seasonality;
promotng sustainable tourism products and destnatons; deploying a skills and com-
petences framework for employees and employers in the sector; facilitatng exchange
of best practces and partnership creaton;
New business concepts for sustainable, user-driven design-based goods focusing on
the commercial use of relevant concepts and ideas in the textles, footwear and sport
and other consumer goods sectors;
3. Access to markets through provision of growth-oriented business support services via
the Enterprise Europe Network, SME business support in markets outside the EU in order
to equip SMEs from the EU with appropriate skills and knowledge of the third country
regulatory framework and Internatonal industrial cooperaton to reduce diferences in
regulatory and business environments between the EU and its main trading partners and
the countries in the European Neighbourhood;
4. Promoton of Entrepreneurship which will encompass the simplifcaton of adminis-
tratve procedures and the development of entrepreneurial skills and attudes, especially
among new entrepreneurs, young people and women, as well as complement the Erasmus
for Entrepreneurs exchange programme.
SMEs are a fundamental part of the economic fabric in developing countries, and they play
a crucial role in furthering growth, innovaton and prosperity.
However, the SMEs vulnerabilites to face the fnancial markets have well emerged with
the recent fnancial-economic global crisis that have further constrained access to fnan-
cial sources, having a global negatve impact on business actvity, producton, demand of
goods and services and employment. Moreover, due to the feebler economic tssue, the
shock was greater, and the lending slowing down was in the case of SMEs, sharper. Es-
pecially more innovatve SMEs were hit harder as being more vulnerable due to their el-
evated actvity risk and weaker fnancial structure.
In accessing the EU Programmes (and implementng IPA tenders) the SMEs should see an
opportunity to grow and expand and prepare for future EU funding opportunites. The
best case is Croata where post-accession funds will be around 10 tmes greater than pre-
accession. In additon, partcipaton in implementaton of diferent projects with interna-
tonal partners can boost some other business opportunites and development actvites.
More informaton on the COSME
can be found on:
Assessment of EU funded innovaton and research projects in Serbia, J. Kappenmann,
Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia - Bureau for the Cooperaton with the
EU, Vojvodina ICT Cluster, supported by Deutsche Gesellschaf fr Internatonale Zusam-
menarbeit (GIZ) GmbH Program for Private Sector Development in Serbia ACCESS, 2012
CIP Financial Instruments, EC Publicatons Ofce
EFTA Bulletn, Guide to EU Programmes (2007-2013), 2007
Factsheet on Industrial partcipaton in Horizon, European Commission, 2011
Factsheet: Rules under Horizon 2020, European Commission, 2011
Factsheet: SMEs in Horizon 2020, European Commission, 2011
Finance for Europes Entrepreneurs, European Union and European Investment Fund, 2012
FP7 in Brief - How to get involved in the EU 7th Framework Programme for Research: a
pocket guide for newcomers, European Commission, 2007
Guide to EU Programmes (2007-2013), EFTA Bulletn, 2007
Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance, European Movement, 2011
Manual for private sector on EU pre-accession assistance: public procurement procedures,
Republic of Serbia, Government, European Integraton Ofce, 2011
New Practcal Guide to EU Funding Opportunites for Research and Innovaton, Seventh
Framework Programme, CIP and EU Cohesion Policy, 2011
Situaton Analysis - Background on the Eco-innovaton programme in Serbia highlightng
possible improvements to the support for SMEs, Group of authors for Deutsche Gesells-
chaf fr Internatonale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) Assistance to the Compettveness and
Compatbility for the EU of Serbian SME(ACCESS) Programme
SME defniton - User guide and model declaraton, EC Publicatons Ofce
Support the Natonal Agency for Regional Development and EEN partners in Serbia in build-
ing their capacites for the preparaton of project proposals under the CIP Eco-innovaton
programme, Technical report, GIZ - Assistance to the Compettveness and Compatbility
for the EU of Serbian SME (ACCESS) Programme
CIP Frequently asked questons and answers
CIP Reference documents
CIP Success Stories
Community Research and Development Informaton Service (CORDIS)
Eco-innovaton User Guide
EIP Work programme 2012
Enterprise Europe Network
Final Evaluaton of the Compettveness and Innovaton Framework Programme
Horizon 2020
Regional dimension of innovaton
The ACCESS is a programme implemented by the German Technical Cooperaton (GIZ) on
behalf of the German Ministry for Economic Cooperaton and Development (BMZ). It aims
to further Serbias economic development and facilitate the countrys future membership
in the European Union (EU) by supportng the implementaton of the Serbian Natonal
Strategy for the Development of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises and Entrepreneur-
ship, as well as the Natonal Strategy for EU Accession.

The Program is realised by the GIZ in collaboraton with the Ministry of Finance and Econ-
omy, as well as Serbian business organisatons. Through ACCESSs assistance to Serbian
support intermediaries, small and medium-sized companies of select sectors and regions
are being empowered to make beter use of their producton, employment, and growth
potentals, and to fnd new markets both in the region of South East Europe and the EU.

Specifcally, ACCESS aims to:
Support the development of sound policy environments that enable open markets,
private sector investment and gender equitable access to factors of producton and
Promote efectve insttutons and services to enable both women and men to acquire,
protect and use the assets they need to take advantage of emerging market and trade
Strengthen organisatons enabling them to partcipate efectvely in diferent markets,
reduce transacton costs, acquire productvityenhancing technologies and efciently
use informaton on domestc, regional and internatonal markets.
Support the development of a sound quality infrastructure in order to comply with
product standards and quality control to meet EU market demands and reach higher
value markets.
Assist in the development of the public sectors role to make beter use of EU support
programmes and increase the absorpton capacity of the private sector. In that line
also assist the development of their role as a provider of market facilitatng services
and monitoring systems.
Belgrade Ofce
Makenzijeva 24/5
11000 Beograd
Tel: + 381 11 24 00 371
Fax:+ 381 11 24 00 370
Project leader:
Tobias Stolz
LAZOVI, Mirjana
EU Funding opportunites for SMEs in
Serbia : 2013 and beyond / Mirjana Lazovi,
Andrija Pejovi. - Belgrade : #European
Project Center #EPC, 2012 (Belgrade : ugura
print). - [5], 58 str. : graf. prikazi,
tabele ; 25 cm
Tira 1.000. - Str. [3]: Foreword / Tobias
Stolz. - Bibliografja: str. 56-57.
ISBN 978-86-84309-33-6
1. Pejovi, Andrija []
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