Household electricity consumption is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions. This has been compounded in recent years by increasing residential energy demand, due in part to larger homes, new appliances and more electrical equipment. All this has put a greater strain on energy infrastructures across the EU.


About the B2B LOCO Project:


Based on successful FP5&6 experiences of POLLOCO and CENTRAL LOCO projects, the revised and expanded concept of the B2B LOCO project is that enterprises collaborating with local market-oriented research units in an international network will enhance their performance and competitiveness through the participation in FP projects or exploitation of its most business practice-oriented results. more

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The GPRIX project identifies and disseminates good practices in the innovation support of SMEs. The project aims to improve the future innovation support of the EU. more

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The MAPEER SME project is supporting activities to create the background conditions in which Research, Development and Innovation (R&D&I) is welcomed, supported and nourished in European SMEs. more

Luisa-Marie Fritzsch

RAPPORT: Knowledge For Business Innovation in SMEs

About the RAPPORT Project:

SMEs’ strengths lie in their agility, imagination and customer interaction. However capitalizing on these strengths requires focused policy action to overcome the significant barriers they face either from inside or from outside. To be effective, these policies should be able to reach a large proportion of  SMEs and tailor their actions to the various types of SMEs and their particular needs. The RAPPORT project aspires to advance this cause. more

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The FP7 project SM-BIO-POWER empowers SMEs in biomedical engineering and medical technologies to participate in EU research.


About the Healthgrain-Project:

Cereal foods are major dietary sources of energy, carbohydrate and fibre. Studies are increasingly showing that intake of both whole grain and cereal dietary fibre are able to protect against rapidly increasing chronic diseases related to a sedentary lifestyle, such as cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. However, whereas current cereal processing methods have been optimised to deliver products made of refined grain, dietary recommendations stress the need to eat more carbohydrates, dietary fibre and whole grain foods. There is also an increasing demand from consumers for healthy, tasty and convenient foods containing more of the protective components of the grain. more

About the UseandDiffuse Project:
The main objective of the USEandDIFFUSE project is to enhance the dissemination and exploitation of research results and facilitate the exchange of best practices.
Therefore this project will focus for the most part on RTD projects implemented under the Framework Programmes with the involvement of small and medium sized enterprises (CRAFT projects, Collective Research projects, as well as STREPs and Integrated Projects in which SMEs play active roles as RTD performers and end users of results) and will aim to identify leading projects in terms of results exploitation and dissemination. In addition, best practice will be extracted and will provide a solid platform upon which ongoing and future projects can build in order to contribute to a European Research Area that has a true impact on the competitiveness of SMEs, the pillar of our European economy. more

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Many consumers are familiar with the European Commission’s recommendations for vitamins and minerals because such labels are in use since 1992 to declare the amounts of micronutrients in a food (e.g. 30% of the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) of Vitamin C in 100g food). Bute these nutrient recommendations also have wider food and nutrition policy impacts such as planning food supplies and assessing the nutritional adequacy of population groups. For these purposes most countries tend to use their own nationally derived values which can vary considerably. more

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HELENA identified that most diseases have their origin during childhood and adolescence. Although the connection between these non-communicable diseases and the adolescence process is almost unexplored.

The crucial changes in life during the adolescence strongly affect nutritional needs and habits. The HELENA project includes cross-sectional, crossover and pilot community intervention multi-centre studies as an integrated approach to approach connection between adolescence and causes of diseases. more

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