Germany Israel call for projects
The Israel Innovation Authority and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) will provide access to public funding for joint projects provided by Israel Innovation Authority and by BMWi’s ZIM program (Central Innovation Program for SMEs), respectively. Minimum requirement concerning the project consortium is the participation of at least one company of each of the participating countries.
The Israel Innovation Authority and BMWi (supported by the EUREKA-Office, Bonn, and the ZIM project management agency, AiF Projekt GmbH) will provide all necessary assistance to project partners during the project proposal, evaluation and monitoring phases.
In addition, both the Israel Innovation Authority and 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.
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 Israeli 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.
Participants from Germany
Each German project partner submits an individual ZIM application to AiF Projekt GmbH. Every German SME, in accordance with the relevant EU regulations, as well as medium-sized companies with less than 500 employees (full-time equivalents), which carry out R&D for the development of innovative products, processes or technical services, are eligible to apply.
Other medium-sized companies with less than 1,000 employees are eligible to apply for funding if they cooperate with at least one SME in accordance with EU regulations and whose project is being funded. Research and Technology Organizations are eligible to apply as cooperation partners of eligible companies.
Support is rendered in the form of a conditional grant amounting up to 60% of the project costs, which are restricted to 450,000 € per industrial partner.
The final approval is made by the ZIM project management agency, AiF Projekt GmbH. It is possible to begin a research project at the applicant’s own risk after receiving a confirmation of the receipt of the funding application from AiF Projekt GmbH.
Detailed criteria for submitting applications and the ZIM application form can be found on the ZIM website www.zim.de/kooperationsprojekte (in German); you may also contact AiF Projekt GmbH directly as described below. The application must comply with the regulations of the ZIM guideline and be written in German.
The proposal form is available on www.zim.de/formularcenter
Participants from Israel
An Israeli R&D performing company which initiates a single or multi-year program that will provide know- how, processes or methods for the manufacture of a new product, application, technology-based service or process is eligible to apply. The product must have a sizeable potential for export sales. Research institutes or other participants may apply as a subcontractor to a company.
The support is in the form of a conditional grant amounting generally up to 50% (+ regional incentives for companies located in "development zone ") of the eligible R&D budget. Further details regarding grants and payment of royalties are available at the Israel Innovation Authority web site: https://innovationisrael.org.il/