Participation in FP7 and CIP programmes can support SME’s in strengthening their competitiveness through:
- networking and relationship building with international partners
- access to centres of excellence
- knowledge transfer
- collaborative research and development and innovative projects
The Exploratory Award Scheme provides assistance in the form of a cash grant to help SME’s develop project proposals for submission to the European Commission's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) and the Competitiveness and Innovation Programme (CIP).