Interim evaluation of the participation and performance of SMEs in FP7
The Seventh Framework Programme for Research, Technological development and Demonstration activities (hereinafter FP7)1 contains two main initiatives in favour of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs)
Cooperation specific programme of FP7;
Two Research for the benefit of SMEs schemes under the Capacities specific Programme: Research for SMEs and Research for SME associations.
The overall objective of this evaluation was twofold:
to assess the relevance, efficiency and effectiveness of the two initiatives;
to assess the impacts on the SMEs participating in the two initiatives and on society, including the impacts on economic performance, European Added Value (EAV), behavioural additionality and innovation.
Where it is relevant - the two initiatives will be compared. In addition, recommendations will be developed how the two initiatives, as well as future priorities and implementations of EU Research and Innovation support to SMEs, can be improved.