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Danube region call for projects

Call description

Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary and Romania are announcing the 2nd Call EUREKA Danube 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 all involved participants

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

Deadline for EUREKA Application: 31 March 2017
Deadline for national full proposal: 31 March 2017
EUREKA Label: 27-30 June 2017

 

Eligibility criteria

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

  • The project should include at least two independent companies (for profit) from at least two different countries. Participation of research institutes/universities is welcome as subcontractor of the company or partner according to each country’s funding regulations.
    • In Hungary, the public financed institutions need an industrial partner in order to be eligible.
    • In Germany, SMEs only can apply for funding, participation of large companies should be self-financed. Research organizations and universities may apply on partner level.
    • In Croatia, SME only can apply for funding while scientific institutions are outsourced.
    • In Romania, SME only can apply for funding. Participation of Romanian research institutes and universities is welcome as partners and shall get funds from the main contractor.
  • All 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 the technological risk is accepted. Projects in Technology Readiness Level 5 are best suitable for funding, or experimental development as defined in Frascati Manual. 
  • The project must be equally significant for all partners.
  •  The project should have an obvious advantage and added value resulting from the technological cooperation between the participants in all countries (e.g. increased knowledge base, commercial leads, access to R&D infrastructure etc.).
  • Prior to obtaining the Eureka label partners are required to present a draft of 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 IPR settlements)
  • Both National and EUREKA application are submitted until the 31 of March 2017. (for application in Germany, please see Application section below).

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.

 

Submission and approval procedures 

EUREKA Application

Partners will be asked to submit the Eureka Project Application Form and the national application form on.

The completed Eureka Project Application Form must be submitted danube2017@eurekanetwork.org  by 31 March 2017.

The form has 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 all project partners.

For Application in Germany: Partners from Germany are required to include the following information in addition to the EUREKA Project Application Form:

  • A project description (as a separate pdf-file) along the following structure:
    • Economic and social impact of the project results
    • Achievement of a critical mass and better use of limited resources in fields of mutual interest
    • Mutual access to cross-border and European value chains

Please contact DLR-PT for further information regarding the funding criteria.

Project consortia selected for the full application (part 2 – see below) will be informed about necessary further steps in due time.

National Application

On 31 March 2017 all project-partners should submit also the national funding application as follows:

In AUSTRIA: The partners of the consortium should also fill in the national full proposal until. The National proposal should describe in detail the work of the Austrian partner by using eCall 

In CROATIA SME need to send full national proposal. Elements of full national proposal are explained in the Manual for Program EUREKA on this link

In CZECH REPUBLIC the national application will be published on 15.2.2017 at the website www.msmt.cz

In GERMANY: After handling all necessary documentation for part 1, applicants will hand in their national funding application only upon request. The DLR Project Management Agency will contact applicants in this regard in due time.

In HUNGARY the partners of the consortium should also fill in the national full proposal until. The National full proposal should describe in detail the work of the Hungarian partner by using a special support programme that co-finances the Hungarian EUREKA project participants (EUREKA_16):  information in Hungarian,  information in English

In ROMANIA the partners of the consortium should fill in the full project proposal and should send the signatures of all participants in the consortium. The full proposal should describe in detail the work of the Romanian partner by using the Eureka Application Form

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

 

Funding details

National funding to 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 companies registered in Austria are eligible for funding, universities and 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, only if the partner country also provides project-funding:

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

Detailed information on national rules and procedures  

In Croatia

SMEs registered in Croatia are eligible for funding, universities and research centers can be funded as subcontractors only. In addition to the EUREKA project form the Croatian participant has to submit a separate national full proposal (EUREKA Business plan with required documentation). All info is in the Manual for EUREKA program on HAMAG-BICRO web pages.

The evaluation of the Croatian project part is carried out by internal and external experts. There is no dedicated budget for this call. Funding is grant, max 50% of the eligible costs for SMEs.

In Czech Republic 

  • The funding in Czech republic will be provided by Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports under national programme INTER-EXCELLENCE- INTER-EUREKA.
  • Our companies are eligible for submitting the proposal as SME´s, large companies and can be joined universities and research organizations. (recommended applied research)
  • MEYS will fund R&D projects in form of grants: up to 50% of eligible of the Czech project costs, limited up to 150 000 EUR per year (4 mil. CZK).
  • The evaluation procedure is organized after submitting completed application. Generated the “National Green List” with candidates to be labelled. Project Label is necessary condition to be project granted.
  • max. 50% of the eligible costs for SME´s
  • max. 30%for large companies

In Germany

Funding rate for partners from Germany: up to 50% of eligible costs for SMEs, up to 100% for research institutes and universities. The maximum funding for the German partner(s) amounts to 250,000 Euros; maximum project duration is 3 years.

Project consortia with partners from the Czech Republic are kindly asked to consider submitting their proposal in an upcoming bilateral EUREKA call between Germany and Czech Republic instead, which will be published shortly. Please contact the DLR Project Management Agency for further information.

For the full proposal (only upon request), please consider the national rules and procedures which can be found here: („Zuwendungen auf Kostenbasis“ (AZK) for SMEs, „Zuwendungen auf Ausgabenbasis“ (AZA) for universities and research institutions)

In Hungary

The common Danube Region Call has no dedicated budget, it will be financed from the Hungarian national EUREKA call (EUREKA_16). EUREKA_16 has a special budget of cca. 1,3 million euro for the late 2016 – early 2017 period. Danube Region proposals can be submitted with a 31 March 2017 cut-off date. The application is accepted also in case of EUREKA project proposals and not only with endorsed projects, however the contracts will be concluded with the National Research, Development and Innovation Office as Funding Agency only if the project gets the EUREKA label. The evaluation procedure lasts 2-3 months with the involvement of independent technical and economic experts. In the support programme application of SMEs, large companies, universities and research institutions are accepted, however the public financed institutions need an industrial partner in order to be eligible. The funding provided by NRDI Office are grants:

  • max. 80% of the eligible costs for small companies
  • max. 75% of the eligible costs for medium-sized companies
  • max. 50% of the eligible costs for large companies and
  • 100% of the eligible costs for universities and research organisations.

(Universities and Research Organisations are eligible for participation and funding only with industrial partners.)

Detailed information on national rules and procedures: http://nkfih.gov.hu/palyazatok/hazai-kfi-palyazatok/nkfia-palyazatok/palyazati-felhivasok/2016/eureka-16    

In Romania

The national evaluation procedure lasts 2 months with the involvement of independent technical and economic experts. In the support programme application of SMEs, large companies, universities and research institutions are accepted, however the public financed institutions need an industrial partner in order to be eligible.

There is no dedicated budget for this call. Funding in Romania 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 UEFISCDI are grants:

  • max. 70% of the eligible costs for small companies
  • max. 60% of the eligible costs for medium-sized companies and
  • max. 50% for large companies

The Danube Eureka Projects shall follow the national rules and procedures as for Eureka Network Projects.

Detailed information on national rules and procedures:  http://uefiscdi.gov.ro/articole/4405/Pachet-de-informatii.html

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

Funding at this extent will be provided only to projects positively evaluated by all involved national public agencies.

 

Partner Search

For project and partner search please use the websitehttps://www.b2match.eu/eureka-danube/

The EUREKA Danube Region Brokerage Platform 2017 offers research contacts with industry and research organizations looking for potential partners in the following countries: Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, and Romania. This platform is bridging the distance between countries and offering you the opportunity to find partners for EUREKA-Danube Region Call projects. 

Joining this virtual platform will give you easy access to scientists and enterprises across borders. You are invited to present your organisation and expertise and to offer project collaboration as partner or as coordinator. Please fill in the profile and deliver short but meaningful information on your business and research focus, be aware that this profile will represent your organisation and research capabilities abroad.

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