On 13th March 2006, at the TUBITAK headquarters, the first workshop of EU 6th Framework Project EASIER in Turkey was organized by The Scientific & Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK), the Turkish Informatics Foundation (TBV), and TAGES.
On 13th March 2006, at the TUBITAK headquarters, the first workshop of the EU 6th Framework Programme Project EASIER in Turkey took place, organized by The Scientific & Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK), the Turkish Informatics Foundation (TBV), and TAGES.
For the workshop, a targeted group of ICT SMEs in the city of Ankara, selected from among the Top 500 IT firms, who had not previously participated in FP6, were invited. Twenty-five SMEs participated.
It was a one day program, which started off with a presentation of the EASIER project, which seeks to ease the process of finding projects, preparing project proposals, and finding partners for SMEs in EU R&D Programmes as FP6 and FP7 Programmes. It continued with information sessions on audits, the EU framework programmes, the Information & Communication Technologies (ICT) in FP7, STREP project proposal writing, and EASIER Project supports.
It also involved an exercise in project proposal preparation, in which participating groups shared and discussed project ideas. The Workshop ended with an evaluation, in which participants state their interests in future workshops on the writing of project costs, preparation of Consortium Agreements, Intellectual Property Rights and Patents, and European R&D Networks. The expectations of SMEs from the EASIER project were listed as a cooperation platform, a network for finding projects and project partners, and a source of information and assistance on further details on the FP7.
Future workshops are planned in Izmir in mid-April at the Izmir Innovation Relay Center (IRC Ege) and in May in Istanbul under the leadership of the Turkish Informatics Foundation (TBV). They again will focus on EASIER and will building upon theAnkara workshop and projects up-to-date.
Participants registered in the EASIER database, in which the ICT SMEs of the participating 12 European countries will also be registered, fostering potential project cooperation with the assistance of EASIER’s regional consultants.
25 ICT SMEs audited their requirements for participation in European projects, particularly in FP7, taking into account their current status, abilities, difficulties and expectations. The results of the analysis will be evaluated to better assist participation in