Saturday, 22 May 2010

Cefic launches new EU grant service


Cefic has just announced its new Grant-it service. The Grant-it initiative is designed to help Cefic member companies to navigate the maze of EU funding opportunities and increase participation by the chemical industry in EU research and innovation programmes.

In a video announcing the new Grant-it service Christian Jourquin, CEO of Solvay and Cefic president encouraged Cefic companies to access this free initiative to achieve the common goal of increasing the competitiveness of the chemical industry through innovation.

In a related editorial Dr. Wolfgang Pilschke,a member of the Bayer board, Cefic vice president and chair of Cefic's Research & Innovation Programme Council described Grant-it as a major step to help its members access EU innovation funds.

"Grant-it is a new service that will provide a single access to pre‐filtered information for the chemical industry," he said. "Clear and concise, this will cover all major European grants. It will help turn ideas into concrete projects."

Best funding
The scheme will allow companies to identify the best suited funding (for example FP reseach framework programmes, structural funds or SME related) according to their specific needs and profile. Grant-it can also give initial guidance and advice on consortium building for projects.

Although this free service is restricted to Cefic member companies, SusChem project consortia involving Cefic members can also seek advice through this initiative.

For more information on the Grant-it service contact Ger Spork, Innovation Manager at Cefic.

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