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This is an INFO-led EU-funded Project. The indemand-RCT Project has received funding from the European Union´s Horizon 2020 Research & Innovation Programme. It entails performing a Random Control Trial (RCT) to check the efficacy of a new innovation support model for SMEs (inDemand model, innovation driven by demand). It will be put into effect to meet the R&D, digitalisation and Covid-19 response needs identified by LARGE COMPANIES in the Region of Murcia. These companies’ challenges will be compared with inDemand support (co-creation + business support) versus the research of the SMEs to the needs identified without that support.. The project will be carried out in Murcia but the results will be widely disseminated to other regions of Europe.


The main objective of the project will be to compare the inDemand model with Business Co-Creation and Support with the inDemand method without these support services.



Taking into account the differential characteristics, the inDemand model with co-creation and business support is expected to be more successful than the standalone inDemand model. However, this needs to be demonstrated by performing a scientific study comparing both approaches. The results will be analysed and conclusions will be drawn as a means of assessing the trial. This is the aim of the inDemand RCT project.



  • INFO: Project coordinator and funder
  • IDETRA: Technical Secretariat
  • FFISS: Francisco Javier López, an expert in applying RCT methodology
  • EASME: the inDemand RCT will be provided with guidance by EASME and NESTA in order to ensure that the RCT methodology setup is as robust as possible. EASME (Executive Agency for SMEs) was established by the European Commission to manage numerous EU programmes on its behalf. These projects fall under the framework of support for SMEs and innovation, environment, climate action, energy and maritime affairs.

NESTA is an innovation foundation based in the United Kingdom. The organisation works through a combination of programmes, investment, policies and research, in addition to training for associations with the aim of driving innovation across a wide range of industries.

  • LARGE COMPANIES that launched the challenges based on their R&D, digitalisation and Covid-19 response needs.
  • SMEs that will provide solutions to those needs.


The project will last 36 months and the main activities are as follows:

  • WP1: Perfection of RCT controls (months 1 to 6)
  • WP2: Management of the call to participate (months 6 to 20)
  • WP3: Implementation of activities and impact measurement (months 21 to 36)
  • WP4: Dissemination and development (months 1 to 36)
  • WP5: Project management (months 1 to 36)


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