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MAPO OBJECTIVES

The MAPO Consortium has defined an ambitious set of objectives and implements its strategy by using targeted measures and innovative tools.

The support action proposed by the MAPO Consortium aims at assisting European SMEs :
- in integrating ongoing Integrated Projects/Networks of Excellence and/or in building new technological partnerships
- in order to participate in European RTD projects oriented towards means of detection, treatment, warning and prevention of all types of marine pollution.

In order to reach their foreseen results, the MAPO partners, supervised by their Coordinator (the Technopôle Brest Iroise), are responsible for a various range of tasks, from best practices identification to SME audits and workshops organization.

 

The MAPO project is dedicated to strengthening SME capacities for technology strategy development through their integration into current IP/NoE and the preparation of the last calls for proposals of FP6 and calls of FP7.

This goal is supported by the following measures:

Identification of best practices: Continuous exchanges of complementary experiences between the partners involved in MAPO as well as exchanges with already developed or ongoing FP projects tackling the marine pollutions problems will enable to detect best practices, usable for all SMEs wishing to take part in European RTD projects.

Trans-national experts meetings: One-to-one audit meetings between a MAPO partner and a targeted SME will be organised all along the project so as to detect skills responding to identified needs of current IP/NoE or suitable for development of new RTD projects.

Training measures dedicated to SMEs: Special workshops and training sessions organized by the MAPO partners will not only focus on how to integrate Community RTD projects, but will also include guidance on project management, consortium agreements, protection of IPR (Intellectual Property Rights) and other related legal aspects. Significant efforts will be devoted to the training of Central and Eastern European partners (Indeed 3 partners are located in Central and Eastern Europe). In addition, a specific hot line will be proposed to all contacted SMEs aiming at taking part in a European RTD context.

Within the frame of the MAPO Project, 450 SMEs active in the field of marine pollutions should be audited. Moreover, 780 SMEs related to this sector should be informed of EU Projects opportunities.  MAPO will thus raise the awareness of  somewhat 1220 SMEs.
Each partner is in charge of a definite geographical area.

 

The MAPO project helps SMEs to gather the right partners for successful RTD co-operation and technological collaboration.

This goal is supported by the following measures:

A European map of SMEs: the MAPO partners make the list of SMEs skilled in the field of marine pollution, in order to build a European technological-driven cartography of the skills in this sector. This will help SMEs or project coordinators to identify relevant possible partners.

Large audience events: Besides individual meetings, MAPO partners organise specific trans-regional brokerage events in each MAPO country in order to introduce the European RTD programmes and to identify and launch first ideas of European projects to be developed. Those brokerage events involve plenary sessions, small thematic workshops and bilateral meetings. They are organised in each partner’s country but they gather SMEs and IP/NOE coordinators from the countries belonging to each partner’s influence area.
In addition, a major European conference, organised just before the launch of the first calls of the next FP (FP7), will bring together all the European decision-makers in the field of marine pollutions. Its aim is to gain a significant and wide audience.
Within both kinds of events, bilateral meetings will be arranged by the hosting partner on the basis of partner-profiles filled in by each participant, in order to facilitate the networking.

Use of internet and on-line resources: The MAPO website allows to introduce all SMEs profiles, new ideas of RTD project and NoE/IP requests, but also all news related to marine pollutions (last call from the EC, updated state-of-the-art in this field …). The website is coupled with a MAPO mailing list. Indeed, SMEs are often too busy with their daily business activities, and information or proposals for technological partnerships should be brought to them directly.

The final aim is to find SMEs replying to requests of 20-30 Integrated Projects and Networks of Excellence within the FP6 and to build about 30 new Consortia intending to submit a European research proposal on a topic related to marine pollution.

 

MAPO actions enhances SMEs ability for efficient and effective project management and technology implementation.

This goal is supported by the following measures:

Training measures: specific training measures provide information and assistance to SMEs intending to integrate ongoing Integrated Projects and Networks of Excellence or to develop new European projects. Technical issues are focused on, such as exploitation issues, legal & contractual issues as well as project management and co-ordination.

A permanent hotline: a specific hotline managed by all MAPO partners allows SMEs to be given useful indications, for example the list of institutional European contacts or the conditions of participation of FP6 and FP7 (next calls for proposal, usable instruments …).
The MAPO partners are also committed to providing assistance to SMEs on FP6 Intellectual Property Rights aspects
Problems relating to SMEs’ participation in FP projects are mainly linked to a lack of information of the latter, in particular regarding  contractual obligations and especially IPR (Intellectual Property Rights). Evidence of SMEs having problems with IPR emerged. Generally SMEs do not have the legal expertise to optimally protect and exploit their IPR. This may result in delays in results exploitation. To overcome these problems, SME sometimes sell their IPR to the other partners of the project.
The MAPO project plans to assist SME on IPR issues : the brokerage events organised by each MAPO partner and the European conference will notably gather particular experts and be held in collaboration with the IPR-helpdesk. IPR-helpdesk (http://www.ipr-helpdesk.org/index.htm) is a structure which helps and advises European companies in the field of IPR in the framework of FP6 (and perhaps FP7). The helpdesk’s services will be used for exemple in the case of SMEs calling MAPO hotline.

Targeting a wide public: The MAPO partners intend to have an impact and reach an audience beyond scientists and SMEs.
The MAPO project is oriented towards all European citizens since it deals with obstacles encountered by SMEs (improvement of their technologies, market access and gains of new market shares …) and European people (protection of European coasts, protection of marine ecosystems, cultural and natural heritages…).
The MAPO partners hope that Environment defence associations will be fully associated to the project so as to take into account expectations of European citizens, the aim being to provide, thanks to future European projects, an answer to most of their realistic requests. MAPO could therefore constitute an interesting tool for translating the demands of European citizens, particularly concerned with marine pollutions and future consequences.
Moreover, the MAPO projects will foster networking and thus the development of innovating solutions, which would have a positive economic impact.  


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