Call for proposals for joint industrial research and development (R&D) projects between Germany and Canada
Project outline deadline for advance feedback (optional): May 16, 2018
Full application deadline: July 27, 2018
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 for Economic Affairs 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 project proposal, evaluation and monitoring phase.
2. Application process
Project partners are required to jointly present an industrial R&D project application, according to the following procedures:
Launch date: April 3, 2018
For applicants seeking advance feedback on the Project Sketch (Germany) or NRC IRAP Project Outline (Canada), submission date for these items: May 16, 2018
Full Application Deadline: July 27, 2018
Expected decisions on national funding: approximately 3 months after submission.
Eligible project participants from Germany and Canada will finance their costs from their respective national funding schemes (in Germany ZIM, in Canada by NRC IRAP) and complementarily from their own resources. Funding proposals for ZIM and NRC IRAP will follow the review and acceptance of the joint project application.
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 aforementioned requirements can apply to the present call for proposals in accordance with the national laws, rules, regulations and procedures in effect, including the European Framework for State aid for research and development and innovation. (2014/C 198/01)
2.4 Submission guidelines
Important: Each interested partner must contact their local funding agency as soon as possible, before submitting the joint project application.
By the call for proposals Full Application Deadline, project participants must submit the following:
Upon request, an International Consortium Agreement Template can be provided as a guideline for preparation of the Cooperation Agreement. The above documents number 1 and 3 are to be submitted by the deadline electronically to both firstname.lastname@example.org and IRAP.International.Forms-Formulaires.international.PARI@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca.
2.4.1 Funding Submissions for Canadian Companies
Canadian SMEs may receive up to 50% of their part of eligible project costs through NRC IRAP.
22.214.171.124 Canadian eligibility criteria:
126.96.36.199 Canadian application process:
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 IRAP.International.PARI@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca. The documents will be sent via email.
2.4.2 Funding 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.
Timeline to each project proposal application:
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