Canada – Germany joint industrial R&D projects - Call for proposals
Germany and Canada are pleased to announce a call for proposals for joint industrial R&D projects focusing on developing innovative products, processes, or technology-based services in all technological and application areas which have strong market potential.
The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) and the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi) will provide access to public funding for joint projects through the BMWi’s ZIM program (Central Innovation Program for SMEs) in Germany, and through the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) in Canada.
NRC-IRAP and AiF Projekt GmbH (Project management agency for the BMWi) will provide all necessary assistance to project partners during the project proposal, evaluation and monitoring phase.
2. Application process
Project partners are required to present a joint common proposal for an industrial R&D project, according to the following procedures:
Launch date: September 1, 2016
Deadline to apply: November 30, 2016
Expected date for decisions: December 21, 2016
Eligible project participants from Germany and Canada will finance their costs from the national funding schemes (in Germany ZIM, in Canada by NRC-IRAP) and complementarily from their own resources. Funding application review by ZIM and NRC-IRAP will begin following the review and acceptance of the joint common proposal.
Project results will have to contribute to the development of commercial products, processes and / or technical services. Projects must comply with the following requirements:
Any partner whose cooperative industrial R&D project is consistent with the aforesaid requirements can apply to the present call for proposals in accordance with the national laws, rules, regulations and procedures in effect.
2.4 Submission guidelines
IMPORTANT: Each interested partner must contact their local funding agency as soon as possible, before submitting a proposal.
Before the call for proposals deadline all participants must complete a short joint common proposal form (PDF, 647 KB) in English, legally signed by all partners participating in the project and a draft Cooperation Agreement (not yet signed) that regulates the terms of cooperation between all partners also in English.
The minimum requirements for the Cooperation Agreement are:
Upon request, an International Consortium Agreement Template can be provided as a guideline for preparation of the Cooperation Agreement. These two documents have to be submitted before the deadline electronically to both email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org. Simultaneously, all applicants must file national applications according to each programs respective rule.
2.4.1 Submissions for Canadian companies
Canadian SMEs may receive up to 50% of their part of eligible project costs through NRC-IRAP.
Canadian eligibility criteria:
Canadian application process:
Interested Canadian SMEs must contact their NRC-IRAP Industrial Technology Advisor (ITA). If not already an NRC-IRAP client, contact the NRC-IRAP office in your region (1-877-994-4727) to discuss eligibility. NRC-IRAP project proposal form, common guidelines and other required documents can be requested from Tim Jackson. The documents will be sent via email.
2.4.2 Submissions for German companies
Every German project partner files one individual ZIM application in paper form to AiF Projekt GmbH. All German SMEs, following the guidelines of the European Union definition which perform R&D to develop an innovative product, process or technological service – also in cooperation with research organisations – have the right to apply. More detailed criteria can be found on the ZIM website. The application has to be in line with the ZIM regulations, e.g. it has to be in German language.
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