Multilateral call for advanced materials projects

From 17 January 2020
to 30 June 2020 (20:00 CEST)
This call is closed

Participants are invited to submit applied research and innovation project proposals in the field of advanced materials applied to the following thematic domains:

  • Semiconductors and display
  • Secondary batteries and sensor technology, including energy storage
  • Carbon industry and chemistry, including lightweight materials, composites, recycle of plastics, nano materials and plastic materials
  • Machinery, robots, and metal industry

Participating Countries

  • Spain
  • Denmark
  • Canada
  • Turkey
  • Czech Republic
  • Austria
  • Germany
  • South Korea
  • Hungary
  • United Kingdom
  • Malta
  • Luxembourg
  • Belgium (Wallonia)
  • Belgium (Flanders)
  • Belgium (Brussels)

Timetable

  • Opening of the call: January 2020
  • Deadline for Eureka applications: 30 June 2020 (CET 18:00)
  • Communication of evaluation results: 23th October 2020
  • Signing of the Consortium Agreement & project start: December 2020

Eligibility criteria

In order to apply to the present call, the partners must meet the following qualifications:

  • Your consortium must include at least two independent legal entities from at least two Eureka countries. The participation of research institutes/universities is welcome according to each country’s funding regulations.
  • The project partners must express their willingness to cooperate, on a win-win/fair basis in the development of a new product, industrial process or service.
  • The product, process or service must be innovative and there must be a technological risk involved.
  • The project must have a civilian purpose.
  • The project should benefit all involved partners in a well-balanced consortium.
  • The project should have an obvious advantage and added value resulting from the technologic cooperation between the participants (e.g. increased knowledge base, commercial leads, access to R&D infrastructure etc.).
  • A signed CA 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. The consortium agreement should at least include the ownership and use of know-how and IPR settlements.
  • The duration of the project may not exceed 36 months.
  • Any partner whose collaborative industrial research and innovation project is consistent with the aforementioned criteria can apply to the present call in accordance with their own 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 regulations. Applicants are strongly advised, prior to submitting the application, to contact their funding body (for detailed information see per funding agency) to discuss their project idea and check the eligibility of the project.
  • Partners from other Eureka countries or countries outside of Eureka can also participate, but funding must be secured within the deadlines for the call.

Submission and approval procedures

In order to apply for this call the following documents are mandatory:

The project consortium should fill out the project description in the ‘Eureka Project Form’ (an electronic form available in this link. The form must be completed in English. 

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.

Annex 1 – Additional project information

Additionally, the project consortium has to fill out and submit Annex 1 with additional project information not included in the application portal.

Annex 2 – Project budget per partner

The template for the budget must be used.

Annex 3 - GANTT diagram

There is no formal format for the GANTT diagram, but the individual WP, milestones and partners must be clearly visible in the GANTT format used.

The completed Eureka application form and its signatures, Annex 1, budget and the GANTT diagram should be sent to MaterialsKoreaCall2020@eurekanetwork.org with subject Materials multilateral Call 2020. Eureka application should be made before 30th June 2020, 18:00 CET at the latest.

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

Funding details

Funding will only be provided to labelled projects that are positively evaluated by all participating funding bodies.

Funding of project partners is subjected to budgetary availability and national funding conditions stipulated by each funding body.

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 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.

The funding bodies named below will provide access to public investment 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.

  • South Korea (KIAT): grants of up to 500M Korean Won per year
  • Austria (FFG): flexible grants
  • Belgium - Flanders (Vlaio): flexible grants
  • Belgium - Wallonia (SPW-Research): flexible grants or loans 
  • Canada (NRC IRAP): flexible grants
  • Czech Republic (MEYS): grants of up to 150,000 euro per year
  • Denmark (IFD): grants of up to 300,000 euro per partner or of up to 500,000 euro per project 
  • Germany (BMBF): grants of up to 750,000 euro per project
  • Hungary (NRDI Office): grants of up to approx. 225,000 euro 
  • Luxembourg (Ministry of Economy): flexible grants
  • Malta (Malta Enterprise):flexible mix grant-tax credits
  • Spain (CDTI): flexible mix loans-grants
  • United Kingdom (Innovate UK): grants of up to 350,000 pounds
  • Turkey (TÜBÄ°TAK): flexible grants

These budgets are indicative. You must consult you national funding body for more details. 

Evaluation

Applications will be evaluated nationally based on the Eureka application including the annexes and national application forms if required. The national evaluations will subsequently be coordinated by the relevant national funding agencies.

The basis for the national 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.

The relevant national funding agencies will coordinate their evaluations based on the Eureka project assessment methodology. After a common list of funded and non-funded projects has been agreed, Eureka will inform the applicants about the results.

Common Eureka assessment criteria

Impact

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

Excellence

  • What is the degree of innovation (commitment on state-of-the-art and the technological maturity and risk)
  • How is the new knowledge going to be used?
  • Is the project challenging scientifically, technically and for the partners?
  • Are the technical achievability & risk conveniently addressed

Quality & Efficiency

  • How is the quality of the consortium? (Well-balanced partnership, technological managerial and financial capacity of each partner)
  • Is there an added value through the international co-operation?
  • Are the project management & planning realistic and clearly defined? (methodology and planning approach, milestones and deliverables)
  • Is the cost structure reasonable? (cost and financial commitment of each participant)

Overall Perception

  • Pros and cons of the application
  • Is the project recommend for public investment? (Yes or No)

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