Lithuania 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 solutions ready for market or projects which have strong market potential, nevertheless the project has to include technological risks, research and experimental development.
This call invites projects in ALL thematic areas, reflecting the bottom-up approach of the Eureka Network projects.
In order to apply to the present call, partners must meet the following qualifications:
- The partners should include at least, one Lithuanian and one Austrian (for profit) company. Participation of research institutes/universities is welcome as subcontractors (Austria) according to each country’s funding regulations. In Lithuania the research institutes/universities are the main partners and participation of companies is compulsory.
- The Austrian and Lithuanian partners must express their will to cooperate, on an equal basis, in the development of a new product, industrial process or service. All involved partners should conduct research and experimental development activities and be able to commercialize the project-results after the project is finished.
- The product, process or service must be innovative and there must be a technological risk involved.
- 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 from the two countries (e.g. increased knowledge base, commercial leads, access to R&D infrastructure etc.).
- Partners are required, prior to obtaining the Eureka label, 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 IPR settlements (“Consortium Agreement”).
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
Submission and approval procedures consist of one phase.
Partners will be asked to submit a short project outline via the Eureka Project Application Form. The completed electronic form must be submitted until 01.10.2019 in Austria and in Lithuania according the published calls for EUREKA Applications.
The forms have to be legally signed by all participating organisations.
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.
In Austria: The Eureka Project Application Form and the signatures must be scanned and sent together as an integral part of the application to: firstname.lastname@example.org until 01.10.2019. The partners of the consortium should also fill in the national full proposal until 01.10.2019. The National proposal should describe in detail the work of the respective partner by using eCall
In Lithuania: EUREKA projects are funded from structural funds by calls. Access information about EUREKA calls and funding rules
Each country will fund its eligible participants according to its national procedures and funding rules laws, rules and regulations:
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.
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:
- 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,
Project applications must be submitted by research institutes/universities The participation of the Lithuanian company is compulsory. The project evaluation and funding rules can be found in rules of financing conditions for projects. The max. duration of the projects is 3 years. The grant amounts:
research institutes/universities – up to 100%
small SME – up to 80% for applied research and up to 60% for development
medium SME – up to 75% for applied research and up to 50% for development
large companies - up to 65% for applied research and up to 40% for development
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 public funding agencies: FFG and MITA.