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  • Small and medium-sized enterprises aiming at growth and internationalisation and Strategic Centres for Science, Technology and Innovation received an even larger share of Tekes funding in 2010. Tekes invested EUR 233 million in SME projects and nearly EUR 100 million in the Strategic Centres for Science, Technology and Innovation.

  • Since the Technology Transfer Strengthening initiative was launched in April 2007, Enterprise Ireland has worked side by side with Irish Technology Transfer Offices in higher education institutes to develop a world-class system for transferring valuable intellectual property from research into industry.

  • In Cutting Edge (a magazine published by VINNOVA), an article can be found on a recent evaluation by the OECD that states that conditions in Sweden for creating regional economic growth are better than in many other countries.

  • VINNOVA has commisioned in-depth studies of the prioritisation mechanisms in the China, Japan, the US and within the EU’s Framework Programmes.

  • The 2010 Innovation Union Scoreboard has been published as successor of the previous European Innovation Scoreboard.

  • The League of European Research Universities (LERU) has published in February 2011 a note on Research Funding - Best national practices for simplification.

  • TTGV recently completed a Knowledge Sharing Programme with Korea Development Institute (KDI) with the topic "Models for National Technology and Innovation Capacity Development".

  • Technology Agency of the Czech Republic (TA CR) was established by the law No. 130/2002 and No. 110/2002. The primary objective of TA CR is a support of applied research, experimental development and innovation in the Czech Republic in compliance with the legal system of the Czech Republic as well as with legal norms of the European Union. The creation of TA CR is a part of fundamental R&D reform in the Czech Republic. One of key features of the reform is a redistribution of financial support from the national budget of the Czech Republic.

  • The US have updated their Innovation Strategy issued in September 2009 and now publish A Strategy for American Innovation.

  • The main objectives for the Research Council of Norway’s Chairmanship has been to achieve added value for the member agencies through the meetings and activities, and to continue the Strategy roll out as approved by the Board in December 2007. The RCN has taken a new initiative to engage member agencies in strategic discussions at the EWG meetings, focusing on one thematic area at each EWG meeting.

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