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UK success story: ARM says EU funding to thank for much of its early ground breaking research

If you have any doubts about what Europe’s Framework 7 (FP7) programmed can do for you, take a look at this new ICT KTN video introduced by Peter Walters UK ICT National Contact Poinjt which features the EU funding R&D success stories of ARM, one of the UK’s leading ICT businesses, together with up-and-coming SME’s. Peter Walters

The UK Government is keen to get more organisations involved in European based collaborative research and to take advantage of the €1.455 Billion Euros available, for ICT alone, from the Commission. 

To that effect, the ICT KTN spoke to four very different ICT businesses making the case for collaboration as an engine for innovation and commercial success.Ian Philips

Microsemi is a SME based in south Wales, specialising in tech miniaturisations such camera pills. Its Business and Technology Development Manager, Martin McHugh, has nothing but respect for FP7: he believes that European funding allowed the business to transition from analogue wired to cutting edge medical devices in a short period of time. He also points out that European peer review and the scrutiny of renowned research organisations reassured the firm that they were heading in the right direction.

Ian Broster, a founder and Director of Rapita Systems is also a fan of FP7. The company specialises in software verification for planes and cars. He believes that FP7 was instrumental in allowing the company to confidently invest in R&D and to grow in ways that would not have 

been possible without funding.

Similar views are expressed by Dave Carter of Manchester City Council’s Digital DeDave Cartervelopment agency. The agency specialises in digital innovation, particularly home smart management systemssuch as smart meters. Carter says that FP7 enabled the agency to take research out of the lab and put it into real homes benefiting hundred of consumers and, ultimately, he believes, the UK. 

But one of the UK’s most successful firms, ARM, responsible for 95% of the world’s CPU’s, wouldn’t have any use for a programme like a FP7, would it? Think again. Not only did the company take advantage of FP7 funding as a way of enhancing its research in its early days, but it continues to use the programme to form partnerships and to connect with potential clients, as Principle Staff Engineer, Ian Phillips, makes clear.

ARM is a success story you simply can't ignore and proof that, if you have the commitment, European funding success is not just a pipe dream. If you do have that commitment, join our FP7 ICT group and the support is free. If you don’t, take a look at the video, it may just inspire you.

ICT KTN is running Master Classes and information days to promote the benefits of FP7 collaboration, as part of an innovation strategy to build the UK's participation. A new ICT KTN group, FP7 EU Collaboration and Innovation has been designed to assist organisations new to the process and to provide easy access to key information whether you: 

• Are new to EU R&D funding, or an FP7 pro. 

• Need a guide through CORDIS

• Would like clarification

• Are trying to find partners

• Need help with consortium agreement templates

 
 
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