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  Mr. Jean-David Malo
Head of Unit, SMEs, Financial Instruments and State Aids
Jean-David Malo studied in the Institut National Supérieur des Sciences Economiques et Commerciales (Paris) and the University of California (Berkeley). He started his career as Head of internal control management in the Comité Professionnel de la Distribution de Carburants in France before joining ARMINES, a body managing contractual research and innovation for French engineering schools, where he created, developed and managed the European Affairs Directorate. He joined the EC in 2001. In the DG for Research, he participated actively to a number of developments on the design of funding instruments, rules for participation, funding schemes, etc, both for FP6 and FP7. From 2003 to 2006, he was the assistant of Director Robert-Jan SMITS. Between 2006 and 2010 he headed the unit in charge of the regional aspects of FP7, ie. the "Regions of Knowledge" and "Research Potential" programmes. Since 2011 he has taken the current role, Head of Unit, RTD-B03.



  European Commission Directorate of Research and Innovation
Brussels, Belgium

The ‘SMEs, Financial Instruments and State Aids’ unit of the Directorate General for Research and Innovation aims to increase private finance and close market gaps in investing in research and innovation by expanding the scope and scale of existing EU innovative financial instruments (like the Risk-Sharing Finance Facility) and by developing new ones in the fields of debt (including guarantees) and equity financing, notably in the context of Horizon 2020. The unit also covers areas such as the EU state aid framework, tax incentive schemes and philanthropic funding. Since 2014, the unit is also covering the SMEs dimension of Horizon 2020, including EUROSTARS II and the design and coordination of the SME Instrument and the Fast Track to Innovation pilot.


 Organisation Activities
Activity: a public or innovation support agency active in
Technology Sectors: ict / life sciences
Geographic: belgium


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