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"Welcome to the ERC Autumn Newsletter .
Following the Summer break we are looking forward to some Exciting Developments and New Projects over the coming months, with our Conference and Event programme beginning to take shape and dates announced for 2015.

This Issue we focus on the Communities of Interest Project, an opportunity for 2 new Communities of Interest around specific Research topics which can contribute to the evidence base of SME Growth and Development.
Grant funding for Communities of Interest ~ Call for proposals~
As part of its role in facilitating SME research in the UK, the Enterprise Research Centre invites applications for funding for Communities of Interest around specific research topics which can contribute to the evidence base on SME growth and development.
Two grants of up to £4,000 each are available to fund research networking activity, workshops or seminars. Two Communities of Interest have already been established focussing on university-SME collaboration and open innovation

Applications for Community of Interest funding can be made by faculty in any UK university and should be submitted to ERC by 7th November 2014.
Successful bids will be announced by 5th December 2014.
Funded activity should take place between February and October 2015.
Funding is intended to support new research collaborations or networks which can contribute to the evidence base supporting SME growth and development in the UK. Proposals which are likely to contribute to promoting SME growth and development in the UK are particularly welcomed as are proposals that can demonstrate a strong profile of activity and potential outcomes or ones which include collaboration between research organisations, firms or business support organisations from across all parts of the UK. Applications may relate to any area but proposals on the following growth related themes are particularly welcome:

Social or community enterprise
Rural enterprise
Barriers or enablers of SME growth in emerging industries
Non-bank finance and SME growth
Supporting effective commercialisation
Third-age entrepreneurship and growth
Emerging business models for growth

If you require any more information on the Communities of Interest or would like to discuss an application informally please contact

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Communities of Interest ~ Inaugural Meeting ~
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‘Community of Interest on Open Innovation in SMEs ~ Conference~
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"Other News "
ERC features in Newly published BIS Research Strategy Paper
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"Dates for the Diary"

"ERC Conference Dates 2015"

ERC Academic Conference 
February 11th 2015,
Aston University , Birmingham

An opportunity for the academic and government analyst communities to focus on the latest research from ERC.

ERC Small Business Britain Conference

June 16th 2015
Venue TBC.

Annual Conference showcasing ERC research and stimulate informed policy debate.

 To Register your interest in these ERC  conferences , please click here