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INTRASME (Innovative Transport SME Action) Project

The INTRASME project kicked off in October 2012 and will last for a 24 month period.  This project is part funded by the European Commission through the 7th Framework Programme.

 

The INTRASME project is coordinated by Coventry University Enterprises Ltd, bringing together the expertise of a number of European partners (RSA, WUT, IDTECHEX, IFEVS, EBN, MIRA, IBC). INTRASME aims to enable European Small and Medium Size Enterprise (SMEs) to more rapidly develop and implement products and services in the low carbon transportation and smart mobility sectors.

 

OBJECTIVES

  • Identify the barriers transport SMEs meet accessing EU R&D programmes and provide guidance to help businesses transform results into products and services.
  • Develop a package of guidance, case studies and support on-line to enable SMEs to take advantage of new market opportunities in technologies.
  • Establish networks in and between EU regions through SME opportunity workshops to strengthen entrepreneurship and integration in supply chains

INTRASME will target a sub-set of EU R&D projects with significant involvement of SMEs in the low carbon transportation and smart mobility sectors. Exploitation plans will be developed for these projects, as well as guidelines for other projects. Support mechanisms will be developed and opportunities identified allowing SMEs to rapidly bring their innovations to market in the low carbon transportation and smart mobility sectors. Innovation Networks will be established to create a fervent environment for entrepreneurship and innovation in those European regions where innovation links are weak.

 

The INTRASME project will focus on:

  • electric land vehicles,
  • electric water vehicles,
  • light aircraft and
  • smart mobility sectors

These identified areas are rapidly growing and in need of high levels of innovation and – due to the lower level of complexity - offer great opportunities to SMES as they require new supply chain models. INTRASME activities will be piloted in the West Midlands, UK, Piedmont, Italy, Warsaw, Poland, and Northern and Eastern regions of Bulgaria. These identified regions are developing innovation links but have significant identified barriers for innovative SMEs. It is anticipated that this will generate a cluster of heterogeneous EU regions in which SMEs and R&D centres could collaborate to define and implement quicker and sustainable routes to market.

 

Small and Medium Size Enterprise (SME) engagement will play an exceptionally vital role in the successful delivery of this project.  You are invited to take part and contribute to the project through interviews, case studies, events and workshop that they plan to hold over the coming months.  Should you be interested in getting involved in the project please contact: info@intrasme.eu

 

Further information can be found here

 

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