The budget for the Seventh Framework Programme is over 50 billion Euro, much higher than the previous programme. The administrative procedures have been simplified (electronic proposal submission and company registration online) and the number of participationg countries enlarged. Ten thematic areas that will be financed and 30 technology platforms have been defined by the EU. A large scope of new opportunuities to finance projetcs.
The Italian companies should however not participate in the programme with the sole aim of recieving funds explains Aleardo Furlani, CEO of INNOVA SpA. Companies shoud be driven by the desire to develop a good idea and to create collaborations with other companies and universities as well as construct competences to monitor calls and maintain relationships with other private and public companies.