Success Cases: Public funding
Vivai Tor San Lorenzo
This case history is a clear example of how APRE manages the subject of public fundings;
in fact, it is a success story, where a small enterprise has learned more about EU
funding and consequently has been able to participate in European projects incrementing
A few days before the deadline of the FP6 2003 SME1 call, APRE was contacted by an
Italian Micro enterprise, named Vivai Tor San Lorenzo, working in the field of plants
research, in order to get assistance in checking their proposal, since they were not
aware of European funding, procedures for the participation in European projects and
modalities on how to write successful proposals.
APRE’s consultancy has been quite relevant for the success of the proposal presented by
Vivai Tor San Lorenzo; after having read the proposal, called "PRE-FORM", APRE provided
some useful suggestions as follows:
- a better definition of purposes and activities;
- reference to IPR matter;
- a better description of the scientific part;
- an accurated view of the workplan;
- a better layout.
After APRE’s assistance the enterprise submitted the proposal which was well evaluated
but unfortunately not financed at first stage; however, Mr Ciccarese, first researcher
of Vivai Tor San Lorenzo and responsible for the projects, decided to submit the proposal
once again in the second call with a new acronym “PRE-FOREST” considering the suggestions
of European evaluators.
This time the project was well evaluated and financed too. After the starting of the
negotiation phase, APRE was newly contacted in order to give further assistance on
administrative and contractual aspects, in particular for the financial and scientific parts.
As regards to the first part, APRE has provided assistance on how to fulfil the forms,
timesheets, activity plans and budget distribution, whilst, concerning the scientific part,
APRE was able to give advices on checking workpackages, their duration and content.
In Mr Ciccarese own words: "I’m absolutely satisfied with the assistance provided by APRE:
first of all for the complete availability of APRE’s staff in giving assistance through
face to face meetings and by phone and secondly also for the excellent advices on administrative
and contractual issues. I underline that the assistance was provided before the submission
of the proposal and also during its negotiation, giving us a concrete help. Not to be forgotten
the advices provided on all the financial aspects of the projects that have given us the chance
to understand better the system of European funding. Moreover I consider fundamental to highlight
the excellent team work that was established between us and APRE".
This case history clearly shows how APRE’s services are particularly addressed to Small and
Micro Enterprises (SmEs) in order to introduce them to the world of European fundings, thanks
to which SmEs are able to achieve their own innovation projects.
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