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DonQ Air

PROJECT TITLE: DonQ Air - Promoting RTD în aeronautic SMEs of Poland, Romania, and Turkey

Coordinator: IPPT (IFTR) - Poland

Partners:

  • The Romanian Space Agency - ROSA
  • CARSA — Spain
  • TUBITAK — Turkey

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Project Director:

Description:

The coordination of research activities at European level is one of the main aims of the European research program, as well as the participation of SMEs in this program, participation which until now is not satisfactory. In response to this problem, Don Q Air intends to promote the European programs to the aeronautical SMEs in Poland, Romania and Turkey and to improve their participation in these programs.

The target group is represented by companies or clusters of companies having sufficient experience in international cooperation and the necessary research capacity, and who are interested co cooperate in European projects.
The method: The DonQ method was developed by the Spanish partner in the project, CARSA, and has been already successfully implemented in several European regions. This method consists of four steps:

  • analysis of potential and barriers in the way of innovation
  • selection and development of clusters of SMEs
  • technological diagnosis and training for the participation in FP7
  • dissemination of success stories

Project objectives:

  • conducting FP7 trainings for 170 SMEs
  • development of audit and tutoring activities for 50 SMEs
  • identifying 30 project ideas for participation in subsequent appeals
  • 15 project proposals
  • the participation of 10 SMEs in 5 proposals for FP7

Activities:

In 2008 the project activity was interrupted by mutual agreement between both partners and the project officer within the EC, due to the lack of call for aviation for which could be made proposals with the participation of SMEs. The following activities were accomplished:

  • Conducting training for participation in FP7 - 21.02.2008;
  • Sector Analysis in Poland, Romania and Turkey: Potentials and Constraints. Questionnaires
  • Newsletter, according to the implementation plan
  • The support of the Spanish partners in achieving the first phase of technological audits in Romania for aeronautical companies - the second part of the technological audits carried out under the project have been made to the following organisations: SIMULTEC, ARROSTAR Bacău, Advance Studies and Research Centre (ASRC), IAR Braşov (technical visit), METAV CD, Microelectronica SA

Publications:

Project webpage: DonQ Air