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Background

The European funding programmes for research and innovation – “FP7” for the 2007-2013 period, “Horizon 2020” for the 2014-2020 period – efficiently support the efforts of research and innovation organisations in Europe (and beyond, since they are also open to non-European organisations). Given its research-innovation-markets positioning and its mission to operate internationally, Sigma Orionis has logically become, over the years, increasingly involved in these programmes.

Services

  • Identification of relevant research programmes and calls for proposals
  • Training in European research projects (set-up, management, dissemination and exploitation, financial aspects)
  • Evaluation of potential proposals (pre-evaluation, recommended areas for improvement)
  • Project partners search and contacts with European institutions
  • Proposal development (coordination with partners, drafting of the formal proposal)
  • Project management tools and procedures (formal support or coordination of the project)

Clients and success stories

  • Sigma Orionis is particularly proud to appear in the Top 5 of successful European SMEs in the highly competitive FP7 calls for proposals, participating in 36 projects during the 2007-2013 period, one third of which were/are coordinated by Sigma Orionis, and to be N°1 of successful European SMEs in the highly competitve Horizon 2020 calls for proposals (as of Sept. 2015), coordinating or participating in 16 projects to date.
  • In recent years, the company has helped many research organisations (large corporations, SMEs, research centres, NGOs) from Europe and the rest of the world to take advantage of European research programmes.
  • For over 15 years, Sigma Orionis has successfully contributed strengthening cooperation with Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia (particularly China, South East Asia, Japan and Korea) within the framework of the FP6, FP7, and Horizon 2020 programmes.
  • Since the 1990’s, Sigma Orionis’ employees have regularly worked as experts (in the fields of information and communication technologies or international cooperation) to evaluate proposals and review projects on behalf of the European Commission or of national agencies of the European Union.


Background

With a market context changing increasingly quickly, a research project requires reliable and up to date information about its technical, regulatory and competitive environment, together with accurate identification of the demand or potential impact of innovative products and services developed through the project. This knowledge influences the effectiveness of a project’s ‘research-innovation-markets’ process, whether it occurs under a EU-funded research programme or not. Sigma Orionis offers a wide range of services in this area.

Services

  • Technological assessment (comparative evaluation, development potential)
  • Functional specification for products and services (based on technological innovations)
  • Market research (demand, competition, potential market, positioning strategies)
  • Technology, regulatory and competitive watch
  • Socio-economic studies and societal impact analyses
  • Foresight studies focusing on technological and/or societal aspects (trends, scenarios, possible strategies)

Clients and success stories

  • Between 1990 and 2005, Sigma Orionis was one of the world leaders in the field of studies and research relating to the emerging areas of smart homes and buildings, home gateways and technologies for the elderly and the disabled.
  • From 2007 to 2011, Sigma Orionis coordinated the PARADISO project, involving the Club of Rome and supported by the European Commission, which investigated the parallel developments of our societies and of information and communication technologies over the coming decades.
  • In the early 2000s, Sigma Orionis acted as the secretariat of the PLCforum for several years, an association of leading European energy utilities and power line communication technology providers, and supported their concerted approach through its studies, research and consultancies.
  • Since the early 2000s, Sigma Orionis has performed a lot of studies and research on behalf of European companies and research centres wanting to position themselves on the African and Asian markets in the field of information and communication technologies.


Background

The developments of a research project must be highly visible in order to increase its exploitation potential or to satisfy a commendable desire for knowledge sharing (a systematic objective of EU-funded projects). Of course, this objective should not be achieved at the expense of the need for confidentiality inherent in any innovative project. In addition, it is vital that the project’s exploitation potential is accurately assessed and that the business models on which the innovative products or services are to be based are reliably analysed. Sigma Orionis’ main services in terms of dissemination and exploitation are presented below.

Services

  • Development of communication and dissemination strategies (objectives, tools, indicators)
  • Creation of communication tools (corporate image, website and social networks, documentation)
  • Coordination of project dissemination and exploitation activities
  • Organisation of meetings (seminars, conferences, exhibitions, forums, working groups)
  • The study, drafting and regular updating of project exploitation plans
  • Detailed analysis of possible business models and assistance in writing business plans

Clients and success stories

  • Sigma Orionis has been or still is responsible for the dissemination and exploitation activities of over 25 FP7 and Horizon 2020 projects and in 2010 received an award from the European Commission for the quality of these activities (conducted in the BeyWatch FP7 project).
  • Over the last ten years, Sigma Orionis has successfully organised more than 200 events in over 40 countries, dedicated to S&T cooperation (conferences, seminars, exhibitions, forums, working groups, etc.) which have been attended by around 20 000 delegates (more details here)
  • Since 2010, Sigma Orionis has developed tools and methodologies that have been used to define and implement effective social media strategies that are tailored to research projects
  • Sigma Orionis has successfully managed the “exploitation – business model” phase for over 10 major research projects in the last seven years.


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