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Globalstars call Singapore

Call description

Within the Globalstars initiative of Eureka, based on mutual consent:

  • Singapore
  • United Kingdom,
  • Netherlands,
  • Denmark,
  • Belgium,
  • Spain,
  • Czech Republic and
  • Turkey,

 are launching a common call. Participants from Singapore and the respective Eureka member countries are invited to submit joint project proposals in the research and development of innovative products and applications with strong market potential.

Scope

The call for proposals will be an open call with focused attention upon:

  • Medical Technology
  • Smart Mobility and logistics
  • Advanced Manufacturing

Time Schedule:

International Announcement of the Call: 15th May 2019

National Announcements of the Call: Country Dependent

Deadline for Eureka Application: 26th September 2019

Consensus Meeting of funding agencies: Prior to 25th November 2019

Applicants Informed: 15th December 2019

Eureka label procedure and approval: December 2019 – January 2020

Eligibility criteria

Partners must meet the following qualifications:

  • The consortium should include at least two companies that are independent from each other, one company for Singapore and one company from one of the Eureka member countries participating in the call.
  • The project partners must express their will to cooperate on a win-win/fair basis in an R&D project leading to a new product, industrial process or service.
  • The product, process or service must be innovative, and there must be a technological risk involved for all involved partners.
  • The project must benefit all involved partners.
  • The project should have an obvious benefit and added value resulting from the technological cooperation between the participants from the different countries (e.g. increased knowledge base, commercial leads, access to R&D infrastructure etc.).
  • A signed consortium agreement is required upon approval, before the actual start of the project. It ought to include, amongst others, the ownership and use of know-how and IPR settlements
  • The maximum duration of a project may not exceed 36 months.
  • Proposals which are backed by actual customers for commercialisation will be favourably considered.
  • No individual organisation, or individual country, can claim more than 70% of the total eligible costs of a joint project.
  • Military projects are excluded.

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, on a non-exchange of funds basis, and subject to budgetary availability. The amount of funding available per project partner is subject to national rules and regulations.

Project partners are strongly advised, prior to submitting the application, to contact their national/regional Authority (see below) in order to check the eligibility of their project.

Partners from other Eureka countries or countries outside of Eureka can also participate, but they will not be funded by the participating funding bodies in this call. Subsequently, these partners have to secure their own funding within the deadlines for this call.

Eligibility Criteria for Singapore

Singapore will be supporting companies using the Enterprise Development Grant (EDG). To be eligible for EDG support, the applicant must fulfil ALL of the following:

  1. Be a business entity that is registered and physically present in Singapore, and;
  2. ≥ 30% local equity held directly or indirectly by Singaporean(s) / Singapore PR(s), determined by the ultimate individual ownership and;
  3. Be financially able* to see a project through completion. This is assessed by the following in their latest financial year:
    • Current ratio ≥ 1
    • Net equity position >0
  4. Any other criteria as described in the Enterprise Development Grant page.

You can read more about funding in Singapore on the business grant and the enterprise Singapore websites

Eligibility Criteria for Eureka members

Belgium

Flanders

For Flanders Innovation and Entrepreneurship (VLAIO), Belgium (Flanders region):

Flanders Innovation and Entrepreneurship (VLAIO) is the contact point for entrepreneurs in Flanders. We encourage and support innovation and entrepreneurship, and contribute to a favourable business climate. We help companies with the start-up of their activities, the growth and continuity of their business

In the VLAIO program only companies can apply for funding via subsidies. Flemish or foreign academic partners or research institutes can be funded by VLAIO if their expertise is crucial for the Flemish partner (company) and if they are subcontracted by this company

In Belgium-Flanders for this call we will only accept development projects (an innovative idea that can lead to successful business in the short term, but are there still some challenges to overcome in developing this innovation.)

Staff and other costs related to the development project can be funded with a 25 to 50% subsidy of the project budget, with a minimum budget equivalent to support of €25,000.

The maximum funding (subsidy) per project is 500.000 EUR.

The total budget for this call is 2 million EUR.

In addition to the centrally submitted Eureka Project Application Form, partners from Flanders need to submit an application to VLAIO, including a project plan and budget. We invite Flemish partners to contact us for a pre-check of their project ideas. The deadline for submission is the 26th of September 2019.

Additional information can be found on the VLAIO website

Wallonia
  • Minimum 40% of the Walloon budget must be allocated to an enterprise;
  • The project cannot receive double funding;
  • The beneficiary must have a stable financial situation;
  • The beneficiary must have Operational offices in the Walloon Region;
  • The project must add benefit to the regional economy;
  • Funding rates are depending of the type of research (Industrial research or Experimental development) and of the type of partnership.

All information on Regional rules

Czech Republic

Funding information to follow.

You can directly contact your national project coordinator

Denmark

Innovation Fund Denmark (IFD) can fund industrial research and experimental development according to the General Terms and Conditions for International Projects: Read here.

Maximum funding per Danish project partner is €300.000. If two or more Danish partners participate in one project the maximum funding for all partners is €500.000. The total call budget is approximately €1 m. We expect to be able to fund 2-3 projects. At least one of the Danish partners per project must be a private enterprise.

The funding rates for the various organisations and institutions can be seen in the table below:

Danish applicants must no later than two weeks after the deadline for submission the 26th September 2019 register in the national e-grant system. We invite Danish partners to contact us for a pre-check of their project ideas and for the financial assessment of the participating SMEs.

Netherlands

In the Netherlands programme, only R&D costs are eligible for funding. Enterprises and research institutes can apply for grant funding up to 50% depending on the type of organization and the type of activities:

  • Large companies: 35% for research activities, 25% for development activities
  • SMEs: 45% for research activities, 35% for development activities
  • Universities / research organisations: 50% for research activities, 25% for development activities

The maximum funding (grant) per project is 350.000 EUR. The total budget for this call is approximately 1 million EUR.

In addition to the centrally submitted EUREKA Project Application Form, partners from The Netherlands need to submit an application to RVO, including a detailed project plan and budget. The deadline for submission is the 26th of September 2019. We invite Dutch partners to contact us for a pre-check of their project ideas.

Additional information can be found on the RVO Globalstars webpage 

Spain

CDTI is a Public Business Entity which fosters the technological development and innovation of Spanish companies. It is the entity that acts as Eureka Office and National Funding Body.

CDTI will finance industrial research and/or technological development activities of Spanish companies. Universities and research centers can be funded as subcontractors.

The Spanish company will be funded according to the International Technological Cooperation Projects’ conditions identified on CDTI’s website. CDTI can only provide funding to Spanish companies subject to budget availability.

Spanish tasks in the project can only start after submitting the funding application to CDTI. For further information, please contact directly with CDTI.

Turkey

Funding information to follow.

You can directly contact your national project coordinator

United Kingdom

To be eligible for Innovate UK support, a UK applicant must:

  • be a UK based business, of any size
  • be a research organisations, public sector organisations or charity
  • collaborate with the Singaporean lead partner

The UK partners must:

  • nominate a UK lead partner who must be a UK business
  • include at least one UK-based micro, small or medium sized enterprise (SME)
  • have a minimum of 50% of the total UK cost of the project being incurred by SME’s
  • ensure the project’s maximum total grant to UK applicants is no larger than £350,000.

Innovate UK can fund a proportion of the industrial research project costs, this proportion depends on the size of your business:

  • up to 70% if you are a micro or small business
  • up to 60% if you are a medium-sized business
  • up to 50% if you are a large business

Research organisations, public sector organisations or charities can be partners on the project but cannot lead the UK consortium. The UK research organisations in your consortium can share up to 30 percent of the UK total eligible project costs. If your consortium has more than one UK research organisation, this maximum is shared between them.

Subcontracting is allowed up to a maximum 20% of the total eligible project costs of the UK partners.

Each UK partner must carry out the majority of their funded work within the UK.

Eligible project costs are defined in the general funding guidance. This competition provides state aid funding under the General Block Exemption Regulation.

Any UK business claiming funding must be eligible to receive state aid at point of award. It is your responsibility to make sure that your organisation is eligible to receive state aid. For further information please see the general guidance document.

Organisations from other countries

Organisations from other Eureka member states can participate provided:

  • they arrange their own funding
  • the project meets the eligibility participation criteria
  • respect the deadlines of the call

Submission

There are 4 stages to the submission and assessment process.

Stage 1: Eureka application

The coordinator of the international consortium must download and complete the Eureka project application form on behalf of the entire consortium. The completed electronic form, including the required annexes, should be sent to globalstars@eurekanetwork.org by 11:59pm Central European Summer Time with the following subject: Eureka Globalstars Singapore 2019.

  1. Eureka Project Form

The project consortium should fill out the project description in the ‘Eureka Project Form’ (an electronic form available on http://www.eurekanetwork.org/ eureka-project-application-form). The form must be completed in English.

For this call specific instruction for filling out the 'Eureka Project Form’ is available (see Section A of the call text). The project consortium is strongly advised to follow this instruction and describe all necessary elements in the form as requested. You can contact your Eureka national office to get support preparing the document (see below for detailed information per funding agency in section 4)

A separate version of the application form with all signatures of the project partners should be added as integral part of the application. 

   2. A Project plan

Additionally, the project consortium has to fill out the ‘Additional project info”. See Annex B of this call text.

Stage 2: National applications

Spanish and Turkish information will follow shortly!

In parallel to the submission of the Eureka project form, all project partners are required to submit a related funding application, if required, to their respective funding bodies, taking into account all relevant procedures and submission rules. Deadline for submission might differ between the participating funding bodies (see below for detailed information per funding agency)

Singaporean lead applicants must:

  • submit the EDG application on Business Grant Portal by 26 September 23:59 SGT along with the supporting documentation listed in the guidance for applicants.

Belgium

  • Flanders
    • Submit a full VLAIO project proposal online by 26 September 23:59 CET on deadline, along with the supporting documentation listed in the guidance for applicants
  • Wallonia
    • Submit a full SPW-Research project proposal online by 26th September 12:00 CET on deadline, along with the supporting documentation listed in the guidance for applicants

The Czech Republic information to follow

Danish participants in an application:

must individually register in our national e-grant portal and upload the application with annexes no later than two weeks after application deadline 26 September 2019.

Netherlands applicants must: 

submit an additional Netherlands application form by 26 September 17:00 CEST on the deadline to RVO, along with the supporting documentation listed in the guidance for applicants

Spanish applicants must

At the same time that the EUREKA project application is sent to the Globalstars mailbox by 26 September 23:59 CET, Spanish partners must submit a formal R&D international project application through CDTI’s website (https://sede.cdti.gob.es/) including the EUREKA application form and the draft consortium agreement. Participants are invited to contact CDTI before submitting the documents in order to check the eligibility of the project idea and consortium.

Turkish information to follow

United Kingdom lead applicants must

  • register to apply by 19th September 12:00 BST
  • submit the required Innovate UK application on the Innovation Funding Service by 26 September 22:59 BST along with the supporting documentation listed in the guidance for applicants

Stage 3: International and national evaluation

All applications are assessed against the eligibility criteria of the call before being put forward for the national assessments according to the national evaluation criteria.

  • Singaporean applications will be evaluated by a panel of internal and external evaluators
  • Belgium
    • Flanders applications will be evaluated by a panel of internal and external experts
    • Wallonia applications are being put forward to internal reviewers
  • Czech Republic information to follow
  • Danish applications will be evaluated by external Eureka experts and internal Scientific Officers.
  • Netherlands applications are being put forward to an internal reviewers panel
  • Spanish applications will be evaluated by a panel of internal evaluators.
  • Turkish information to follow
  • UK applications are being put forward for assessment by up to 5 external assessors who are experts in the innovation area identified in your application.

A multilateral consensus panel made up of Innovate UK, Enterprise Singapore and Netherlands Enterprise Agency, Flanders Innovation and Entrepreneurship (VLAIO), Service public de Wallonie (SPW-Research), Innovation Fund Denmark evaluators agree which projects to approve based on the assessors’ scores, using the Eureka project assessment methodology (see annex C). The basis for the evaluation is the general Eureka eligibility criteria, national eligibility criteria and evaluations, the Eureka application form with annexes and if required a national application form.

Successful projects are put forward for a Eureka label. After a common list of funded and non-funded projects has been agreed, the Eureka secretariat will inform applicants about the results.

Stage 4: national funding decision

Funding will only be provided to labelled projects that are positively evaluated by all participating funding bodies, taking the common ranking list into account. Funding of project partners is subjected to budgetary availability and national funding conditions stipulated by each funding body.

All project partners are notified of the funding decisions by their respective national funding bodies.

Any IPR arising from cooperative project activities under this call shall be regulated in a Consortium Agreement (CA) in accordance with the relevant laws of the countries participating in the project.

A signed CA on the execution of the project and commercialisation of the projects results is mandatory for selected projects and must be send to the relevant national funding agencies no later than 3 months after the results of the evaluation has been communicated. The project start can in any case not be prior to the approval of the signed CA.

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