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Perceived Barriers to Participation in R&D Programmes for SMEs Within the European Union

Gilmore, Audrey, Galbraith, Brendan and Mulvenna, Maurice (2013) Perceived Barriers to Participation in R&D Programmes for SMEs Within the European Union. Technology Analysis and Strategic Management, 25 (3). pp. 329-339. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1080/09537325.2013.764987


Small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have become increasingly important in our society as providers of employment opportunities and as key players for the well-being of local and regional communities. However, while there is a general recognition of the importance of the SME in many economies, it is also recognised that they face many barriers and difficulties in operating in competitive, dynamic environments where the need to be innovative is a constant driver. The dearth of innovative SMEs in Europe has been a perennial problem for policy makers for many years and the low participation of SMEs in European R&D funding mechanisms has led to calls to make funding programmes more ‘SME-friendly’. This paper draws on empirical research from a large-scale survey of 764 European SMEs. Preliminary findings show a range of internal and external barriers affecting the participation of SMEs in EU funding programmes.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Computing & Engineering
Ulster Business School > Department of Management and Leadership
Faculty of Computing & Engineering > School of Computing and Mathematics
Ulster Business School > Department of Business and Enterprise
Ulster Business School
Research Institutes and Groups:Business and Management Research Institute
ID Code:25060
Deposited By: Professor Maurice Mulvenna
Deposited On:26 Feb 2013 14:00
Last Modified:26 Feb 2013 14:00

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