Canada-Austria Call for Proposals for Joint R&D Projects under EUREKA

Within the cooperation practices existing between Canada and Austria in the fields of industrial and technological research and development (hereinafter called “R&D Cooperation”) in the framework of the Eureka program, in which both countries are active members, participants from both countries are invited to submit joint project proposals for Eureka Network Projects.

1. Call description

Canada and Austria are announcing the 1st Call for Proposals for joint R&D projects, focusing on developing innovative products and applications in all technological and application areas. Applicants are expected to develop ready-to-market solutions or projects which have strong market potential for Canada and Austria. The bilateral call uses the EUREKA Network process, a proven international partnering platform of which both Canada and Austria are members.

2. National Authorities

Respective National Authorities responsible for this call are as follows:

  • The Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) is the national funding agency for industrial research and development in Austria. As a "one-stop shop" offering a diversified and targeted program portfolio, the FFG gives Austrian businesses and research facilities quick and uncomplicated access to research funding.
  • The National Research Council of Canada’s Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP) is Canada's premier innovation assistance program for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

These organizations will provide access to public funding for labelled joint projects for eligible participants. The support will be given to each partner by its respective National Authority in accordance with national laws, rules, regulations and procedures in effect, on a non-exchange of funds basis, and subject to budgetary availability in each country.

3. Scope

This call invites projects in ALL thematic areas, reflecting the bottom-up approach of the Eureka Network projects.

4. Eligibility criteria

In order to apply to the present call, partners must meet the following qualifications:

  • The partners should include at least one Canadian and one Austrian (for profit) company. Participation of research institutes/universities is welcome as subcontractors according to each country’s funding regulations. The Austrian and Canadian partners must express their will to cooperate, on an equal basis, in the development of a new product, industrial process or service.
  • The product, process or service must be innovative and there must be a technological risk involved.
  • The project must be equally significant for both partners.
  • The project should have an obvious advantage and added value resulting from the technological cooperation between the participants from the two countries (e.g. increased knowledge base, commercial leads, access to R&D infrastructure etc.).
  • Prior to obtaining the EUREKA label, partners are required to have previously signed a consortium agreement on the commercialization of the product, process or service once the phase of research and development has been completed which includes the ownership and use of know-how, and Inter Partes Review (IPR) settlements.
  • Projects must be focussed on technologies for civilian use (non-militray).

Any partner whose cooperative R&D project is consistent with the aforesaid criteria can apply to the present call in accordance with the national laws, rules, regulations and procedures in effect in each country.

5. Submission and approval process

Submission and approval procedures consist of one phase.

Partners will be asked to submit a project outline via the EUREKA Project Application FormThe completed electronic form must be submitted simultaneously to FFG and the NRC IRAP.

The forms have to be legally signed by all participating companies.

The signatures must be scanned and sent together with the form as an integral part of the application. The forms must be completed in English, signed by both project partners and sent to the program managers (see contact details).

  • In Austria: The EUREKA Project Application Form and the signatures must be scanned and sent together as an integral part of the application to: eureka@ffg.at by December 18, 2017. The partners of the consortium should also fill in the national full proposal by December 18, 2017. The National proposal should describe in detail only the work of the Austrian partner by using eCall
  • In Canada: 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. The EUREKA Project Application Form can be requested from Andrew Bauder at Andrew.Bauder@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca. The documents will be sent via email.

Each country will fund its eligible participants according to its national procedures and funding rules laws, rules and regulations:

6. Dates

Opening of the Call: September 21, 2017
Deadline for EUREKA Application in Canada and Austria: December 18, 2017
Deadline for national full proposal in Austria: December 18, 2017
Consensus Meeting of Funding Agencies: March 9, 2018
EUREKA Label: March 10, 2018
EUREKA Endorsement: June 14, 2018

7. Funding details

National funding for approved project proposals will be considered under the normal national funding schemes for the respective programs. There is no additional budget allocated to this call for projects.

In Austria:
All research centers can be funded as subcontractors only. In addition to the EUREKA project form, the Austrian participant has to submit a separate national full proposal to the General Program (Basisprogramm) via e-Call at the FFG webpage. The evaluation of the Austrian project part is carried out by internal experts. The project must fulfill the national criteria (“Basisprogramm-Leitfaden”). There is no dedicated budget for this call. Funding in Austria is provided on an annual basis only, therefore follow-on applications must be submitted for the max duration of 3 years. The funding provided by FFG are grants:

  • max. 60% of the eligible costs for small companies
  • max. 50% of the eligible costs for medium-sized companies, and
  • max. 40% for the large companies

Detailed information on national rules and procedures

In Canada:
Canadian eligibility criteria:

  • Be incorporated, profit-oriented small and medium-sized enterprise (SME), with 500 or fewer full-time equivalent employees, registered in Canada;
  • Be ready and have the capacity to collaborate with the Austrian partner on an industrial R&D project;
  • Be intended to grow and generate profits through the development and commercialization of innovative, technology-driven, new or improved products, services, or processes.

Canadian SMEs may receive up to 50% of their part of eligible project costs through NRC-IRAP.

8. Contacts for details

Participants are strongly encouraged to contact their national project coordinators before submitting the documents in order to check the eligibility of their project idea and consortium.

Funding at this extent will be provided only to projects positively evaluated by both public funding agencies: The NRC IRAP and FFG.

Austria
Irina Slosar
FFG Austrian Research Promotion Agency
EUREKA / European and International Programmes
Sensengasse 1, A-1090 Vienna
Tel.: +43 (0) 57755 – 4901
Email: irina.slosar@ffg.at

Canada
Mr. Andrew Bauder
NRC IRAP Industrial Research Assistance Program
Tel.: +1-905-849-7441
Email: Andrew.Bauder@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca
www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca

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