Spain and Germany are announcing this 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 Spain and Germany.
The announcement invites partners to present EUREKA joint industrial R&D projects until 20.12.2017.
Expected project results will have to contribute to the development of commercial products, applications and / or technology-based services. The project proposals have to comply with the following guidelines:
- The partners should include at least one Spanish and one German commercial company though participation of research institutes/universities is welcome as additional participants or subcontractors according to each country’s funding regulations.
- Companies and/or academia from other countries may also participate. These partners’ participation follows EUREKA participation and financing rules and procedures and the funding regulations of these partners’ countries of origin.
- The project should have an obvious advantage and added value resulting from the cooperation between the participants from the two countries (e.g. increased knowledge base, commercial leads, access to R&D infrastructure, new fields of application, etc.).
- The project should demonstrate the contribution of the participants from both countries
Any partner whose cooperative R&D project is consistent with the aforesaid criteria can apply to the present announcement in accordance with the national Laws, Rules, Regulations and Procedures in effect.
Submission and application process
The completed EUREKA Project Application Form for the whole consortium should be submitted electronically by the applicants to their national EUREKA Contact Offices: the EUREKA-Bureau in Germany and CDTI-E.P.E. in Spain (addresses see at the end of this document). The form has to be legally signed by all participating companies. The signatures must be scanned and sent electronically together with the EUREKA form. EUREKA status is only granted when the financing of all project partners has been secured. Proposals shall be submitted until submission deadline 20.12.2017.
Furthermore all partners have to submit their national applications according to national procedures. Consultation with the national funding organizations prior to official application is strongly advised! (See national contact information at the end of the document).
Each country will decide upon funding according to its own rules. Funding conditions and eligibility criteria vary between participating countries. Main aspects of the national funding criteria are briefly explained below:
The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) in Germany will provide access to public funding for joint selected projects. BMWi (supported by the EUREKA-Office and the AiF Projekt GmbH) will provide all necessary assistance to project partners during the project proposal, evaluation and monitoring phases. In addition, the EUREKA-Office will facilitate the EUREKA application process and acquisition of the EUREKA label for accepted proposals and will accompany the progress of the respective EUREKA projects.
All German SMEs with up to 500 employees (or consortia of such enterprises) which perform R&D to develop an innovative product, process or technological service – also in cooperation with a research institution/ university – have the right to apply. There are no restrictions to specific technologies or branches. More detailed criteria can be found on the ZIM web site . The application has to be in line with the ZIM regulation, e.g. it has to be in the German language. The support is in the form of a conditional grant amounting up to 55% of the project costs, which are restricted to 380,000 € per industrial partner.
It is possible to begin a research project at own risk after receiving a confirmation of the receipt of the funding application from AiF Projekt GmbH. We recommend contacting the AiF Projekt GmbH before the application to clarify open questions and to hand in a project sketch max. 6 weeks before deadline. German research institutes/universities are accepted as additional partners according to the rules available on the ZIM web site. Deadline for the submission of the ZIM-application forms is 02.03.2018.
Don't hesitate to download the proposal form
CDTI-E.P.E. will finance industrial research and/or technological development activities of Spanish companies. Universities and research centers can be funded as subcontractors. In Spain, funding conditions for Spanish partners may vary depending on the nature of the project and the beneficiaries. For more information
Spanish tasks in the project can only start after submitting the funding application to CDTI-E.P.E.. Funding application to CDTI-E.P.E. must be submitted by the Spanish partner within a period of one month after the labelling of the proposal.