PLATON was an innovative ETI project, which aimed to initiate and enhance the participation of innovative SMEs and mainly of motivated SME Groupings in future (FP7) and actual (FP6) European research activities in the areas of economic, political, social sciences and humanities (CITIZENS priority).
To achieve its aim the project demonstrated to SMEs / SME Groupings from the EU-27 the importance and benefits that such research results have in their competitiveness, innovation performance and long-term viability. The project implemented innovative actions such as:
- Advanced Tutorials,
- ‘Strategic Guidance’ services,
- Research Action Plans,
- Networking with EU-15 research leaders and EC services.
The project also focused on creating awareness and enhancing the participation of SMEs / SME Grouping to FP6/FP7 research projects. Project activities focused particularly on assisting SMEs/SME Groupings to (a) take advantage of research results in the targeted areas and (b) play an active role in relevant research activities, so as to respond better and proactively to their changing environment.
Overall, 21 events were implemented, while more than 200 SMEs and SME Groupings were directly benefit (in depth guidance) from the project activities. To maximise its impact the project was supported by a web-portal including a user-oriented database to facilitate, networking and providing valuable info. PLATON tasks were fulfilled by a multidisciplinary consortium consisted of 6 European partners from respective European countries.