Brazil (São Paulo) Globalstars call for projects

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The call closes on 31 January 2023

The national funding bodies from Sweden and Spain (Germany: to be confirmed), and the regional research funding body the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) from the state of São Paulo, Brazil, have allocated funding for organisations collaborating on international R&D projects in the fields of smart cities and healthcare, with AI as enabling technology, and industry 4.0.

To note: Sweden is only supporting projects on AI in smart cities and healthcare. 

For this call for projects, an organisation can submit its R&D project application between 22 August 2022 and 31 January 2023. Each project consortium must include at least one organisation from São Paulo State in Brazil and one organisation from the participating Eureka countries Sweden or Spain (or from Germany, provided that Germany's participation in this call is confirmed). At least one company must be part of the consortium. Multilateral projects with at least one organisation from the São Paulo state in Brazil are also encouraged.

We advise you to keep checking this page for updates about Germany's participation in this call for projects.

Participating Countries/Regions

  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Germany
  • Brazil

Scope

This project call is for R&D projects within the following mandatory fields:

AI in smart cities

  • The city as a platform for data driven innovation
  • Digital twins for cities
  • AI for city management
  • AI for budget and investment management

Focusing on:

  • Water and air quality
  • Water and sewage management
  • Transport and logistics, mobility of people and goods
  • Citizen involvement – empowerment
  • Contribution to resource efficiency and CO2 reduction

AI in Health

  • Sensors, data from sensors (and analysis) in care, care rehab and prevention
  • New technology and new ways of working in care
  • Empowerment, increase control over one's health / prevention - combine lifelong learning with lifelong use of technology for empowerment / using technology as support in different ways during different phases of life
  • Methods for technology development, user involvement and implementation with companies (within digital health)
  • New methods for decision making aimed at boosting efficiency and accuracy for health specialists

Industry 4.0

ICT applications in the industrial context, including innovation in processes and products:

  • Decentralised production
  • Remote maintenance
  • Robotics
  • Digitalised control
  • Virtualisation
  • Industry 4.0 technologies for sustainable production

Your project should address at least one of the fields mentioned and demonstrate the potential to research and develop a product, process or service for commercialisation.

Timeframe

  • Call for projects announcement: July 2022
  • Call for projects opening: 22 August 2022
  • Deadline: 31 January 2023
  • Consensus meeting between funding agencies: April 2023
  • Funding decisions made and Eureka label given: from May 2023
  • Projects start: before October 2023

Funding information

Funding will only be provided to projects that receive a positive evaluation from all participating funding bodies. Funding of project partners is subject to budgetary availability and funding conditions of each funding body.

Any IPR arising from cooperative project activities within this Globalstars call shall be regulated in a Consortium Agreement in accordance with the relevant laws of Brazil and the involved Eureka countries. You must complete and sign a Consortium Agreement on the execution of your project and the commercialisation of the project results before the start of the project. The Consortium Agreement should include the ownership and use of know-how and IPR agreement. We recommend that you seek legal advice when drafting your Consortium Agreement.

The funding bodies participating in this call for projects will provide access to public funding for the selected projects. The support will be given to each partner by its respective funding body in accordance with their national laws, rules, regulations and procedures in effect, on a non-exchange of funds or soft loan basis, and subject to budgetary availability for each funding body:

  • Brazil (FAPESP): Grant of up to 250,000 euro per project (1.5 million euro total budget)
  • Sweden (Vinnova): Grant of up to 250,000 euro per project (500,000 euro total budget)
  • Germany (BMBF): t.b.c.
  • Spain (CDTI): Mix loan/grant (no budget limit)

These budgets are indicative. Contact your funding body for further details.

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Eligibility criteria

To apply to this call for projects, project partners must meet the following qualifications:

  • Your project idea must represent international cooperation in the form of a specific project.
  • The project must be directed at researching or developing an innovative product, process, or service with the goal of commercialisation.
  • The project must have a civilian purpose.
  • Your consortium must include at least two independent legal entities from a minimum of one Eureka participating country and one from the state of São Paulo in Brazil.
  • The project must include at least one Brazilian SME (up to 250 employees) with a branch established in São Paulo State in Brazil or a Brazilian company (of any size) associated, for the purposes of this project, with a research centre or university located in the state of São Paulo.
  • No single organisation or country can be responsible for more than 70% of the project budget.
  • The project should have an obvious advantage and added value resulting from the technological cooperation between the participants (e.g., increased knowledge base, commercial leads, access to R&D infrastructure, etc.).
  • A signed consortium agreement following national requirements is mandatory. The consortium agreement should include the ownership and use of know-how and IPR settlements (at least).
  • The duration of the project may not exceed 36 months.
  • Product, service or process implementation or market launch should happen no later than 24 months after project completion.

Any partner whose collaborative industrial research and innovation project is consistent with these criteria can apply to the present call in accordance with their national laws, rules, regulations and procedures in effect, on a non-exchange of funds basis, and subject to budgetary availability.

Each participating funding body may apply additional eligibility criteria based on their national or own regulations. Before submitting an application, check the relevant country sections in this call and contact your funding body to discuss your project idea and verify your organisation and project’s eligibility.

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Partners from other Eureka countries or countries outside of Eureka can also participate, but funding must be secured within the call for projects deadlines.

How to apply

Eureka application

All partners must complete an online project application (in English) using our project platform before 31 January 2023 at 18:00 CET. 

Read the form carefully, follow the guidelines and complete all necessary elements in the form as requested. 

Contact your funding body to receive support preparing the form. 

Main partner:

  • Creates an account on the Eureka application portal
  • Completes an application form on behalf of the whole consortium
  • Uploads a GANTT chart (pdf format) in the quality and efficiency of the implementation section
  • Uploads relevant annexes (if requested by funding bodies) at the bottom of the overview section on behalf of the partners
  • Invites other consortium partners to fill in a partner form
  • Reviews the consortium partners’ partner forms
  • Submits the final application

Consortium partners:

All partners (including the main partner) must complete and submit a partner form and a signed co-signature form. Partner forms and co-signature forms submitted by partners must be approved by the main partner.

National/regional applications

If your funding body requests, project participants must also submit a related funding application, taking into account all relevant funding body procedures and submission rules. Deadlines may differ for each funding body. 

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Evaluation

All applications are assessed against this call for projects' eligibility criteria before being put forward for national assessments according to national evaluation criteria.

The basis for national evaluations 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 labelled and non-labelled projects has been agreed, applicants will be informed about the results.

Your project application will be reviewed according to our Network projects evaluation methodology.

1. Impact

  • Is the market properly addressed (i.e., size, access and risks)?
  • Is the value creation properly addressed (i.e., employment opportunities and environmental and societal benefits)?
  • What are the competitive advantages of your project (i.e., strategic importance, enhanced capabilities and visibility)?
  • Are your commercialisation plans clear and realistic (i.e., return on investment, geographical and sectoral impact)?

2. Excellence

  • What is the degree of innovation? (i.e., is the proposed product, process or service state-of-the-art? Is there sufficient technological maturity and risk)?
  • How is the new knowledge going to be used?
  • Is your project scientifically and technically challenging for consortium partners?
  • Is the technical achievability and risk properly addressed?

3. Quality and efficiency of implementation

  • What is the quality of your consortium (i.e., balance of the partnership and technological, managerial and financial capabilities of each partner)?
  • Is there added value through international cooperation?
  • Is your project management and planning realistic and clearly defined (i.e., methodology, planning approach, milestones and deliverables)?
  • Is your cost structure reasonable (i.e., costs and financial commitment for each consortium partner)?

Overall perception

Experts will list the positive and negative points to your application and finally state whether they recommend your project for public investment.

Your funding body may carry out a further evaluation (performed by the national project coordinator and technical experts) according to national rules before allocating funds to successful applicants.

Monitoring and impact

You will be asked to provide information during the lifetime of you project to make sure the project has gone as expected. Additionally, you will have to provide information about the impact of your project once it has finished.

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