Call for innovative projects between Belgium (Flanders), Chile, France and Spain

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The call closes on 10 April 2024

The national funding bodies from Belgium (Flanders), Chile, France, and Spain have allocated funding for organisations collaborating on international R&D projects that target green technologies such as energy, water, farming forestry, pollution waste, transportation, circular economy and building construction.

You can submit your R&D project application for this call for Eureka Network projects between 28 November 2023 and 10 April 2024. Your project consortium must include at least two firms from two different countries participating in this call for projects.

Research institutes/universities and other organisations are welcome to participate in collaboration with companies (according to each country’s funding regulations).

Participating Countries/Regions

  • Belgium (Flanders)
  • Chile
  • France
  • Spain

Scope

This call will support R&D projects that target green technologies, including fields such as:

  • Energy
  • Water
  • Farming forestry
  • Pollution waste
  • Transportation
  • Circular economy
  • Building construction

    Timeframe

    • Call opens: 28 November 2023
    • Deadline: 10 April 2024
    • Feedback for project applications: Until 19 April 2024
    • National funding and Eureka label decision: From July 2024 onwards

    Funding

    The funding support will be given to each eligible partner by its own national or regional ministry or funding agency. Funding conditions and eligibility criteria may vary from country to country.

    Flanders, Belgium (VLAIO)

    VLAIO only accepts development projects (an innovative idea that can lead to a successful business in the short term, but that still face some challenges that need to be overcome in developing this innovation).

    Companies can receive funding for up to 60% of the eligible project costs, to a maximum of 500,000 euro per project. Staff and other costs can be funded with a 25% to 50% subsidy of the project budget, with a minimum budget of 25,000 euro.

    Only Flemish 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. In addition to the Eureka project application, partners from Flanders must submit an application to VLAIO, including a project plan and a budget for the Flemish partner (company) and if they are subcontracted by this company. 

    Flemish partners are advised to contact VLAIO to check their project ideas and get support from our team of VLAIO advisors. The deadline for submitting the VLAIO application is 26 April 2024 at 12:00 Brussels time.

    Read more detailed information on regional rules and procedures.

    Chile (Corfo)

    Corfo will check the eligibility of the Chilean applicants after receiving the international application. All Chilean companies must fulfil the requirements mentioned in the matching grant document “Crea y Valida” when submitting the international application.

    In addition to the international application, Chilean participants must submit a separate national funding application through Corfo’s website in Spanish. Dates regarding the opening and deadline of this phase will be communicated by Corfo in good time.

    Only companies that are 18 months old and that show proof of sales in the last 18 months at the time of the international application are eligible to receive funding from Corfo. Universities and research organisations are welcome to participate as company collaborators and can be funded as subcontractors only.

    Eligible Chilean partners that receive a positive technical evaluation from the public authorities involved in this call for projects will be funded through a matching grant (“Crea y Valida” programme). This grant supports the development of new or significantly improved products, processes and/or technology-based services, covering the phases of low-resolution prototype development to validation at an industrial and/or commercial scale.

    The matching grant covers up to 220 million Chilean pesos (approximately 233,000 euro) of project costs in total. The percentage covered varies depending on company size: 40% for large companies; 60% for medium-sized companies; and 80% for small companies. The project is expected to be developed within 24 months, extendable to 30 months. If the project involves biological cycles, an extension between 36-42 months is allowed.

    Additional documents or clarifications may be requested by Corfo.

    Partners involved in a joint project will be requested to provide information during the execution of the project to ensure that the project is being developed as expected. Additionally, partners will have to provide information on the impact of the project once it has ended.

    Detailed information on national rules and procedures: Corfo en Eureka

    France (Bpifrance)

    Target: All French companies with up to 2,000 employees can join this call for projects. Research centres or other types of actors can also join the consortium but as subcontractors. French partners may also participate on a self-funding basis.

    Eligible costs: Industrial research and experimental development (industrialisation and commercialisation costs are not eligible)

    Funding: Loan or reimbursable advance up to 80% of the R&D costs for SMEs and large companies with fewer than 2,000 FTEs, limited to three million euro. For deeptech projects, a mix between grant and reimbursable advance can be an alternative (Aide au Développement Deeptech).

    In any case, all the above information regarding French funding could be adapted to the company’s profile and project.

    1. Contact the international team in charge of the call for projects and your “Chargé.e d’affaires” to discuss the project through an online meeting.
    2. Submit the Eureka application and a draft of a consortium agreement before the Eureka deadline.
    3. Submit the national funding application no later than 24 April 2024 (the Chargé.e d’Affaires opens the funding application after the first meeting and Eureka deadline, so first contact is mandatory).
    4. When Bpidrance have evaluated your project and made a decision, submit your consortium agreement signed (sine qua non condition for funding validation).

    Spain (CDTI)

    CDTI will finance Spanish companies' industrial research and/or technological development activities. Universities and research centres could take part as subcontractors.

    In Spain, the participants have to submit a formal R&D international project aid application through CDTI’s website by the call for projects deadline, including the Eureka application (in English) and a draft consortium agreement (optional at this stage, but a consortium agreement must be signed and provided prior to obtaining the Eureka label endorsement).

    Additional documents in Spanish language, containing detailed information on the Spanish participants may be requested depending on the specific type of funding requested by the company. If the application is not submitted before the call for projects deadline, the international project could be rejected.

    CDTI will check the eligibility of the Spanish applicants after receiving the international application. If they are eligible, funding applications will be generated by CDTI for each Spanish company. Those funding applications must be completed and submitted by the Spanish companies. The deadline to reply is approximately one month after the call for projects deadline. If the funding applications are not submitted in time, the international project could be rejected.

    Funding conditions for Spanish partners may vary depending on the nature of the project and the beneficiaries.

    More information.

    A funding decision should be made within 5 months after submitting an eligible funding application.

    Project activities must not start before funding applications have been sent to CDTI. For further information, please contact CDTI.

    Eligibility

    Eureka has limited eligibility criteria for organisations participating in a Network project consortium:

    • 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 two Eureka countries.
    • No single organisation or country can be responsible for more than 70% of the project budget.

    This call for projects has additional criteria for organisations to be eligible to receive funding:

    • The project should demonstrate the contribution of all participants and the project must be significant to them. In this context, project partners must sign a consortium agreement clearly stating what each partner brings to the joint project, how activities will be distributed and how results and potential benefits will be shared.
    • Organisations from other countries can also participate, but they will not be funded by the ministries and funding agencies formally committed to this call.
    • A signed consortium agreement is required before the start of the project. It ought to include, amongst other things, the ownership and use of know-how and IPR settlements.
    • The maximum duration of a project may not exceed 36 months. Corfo national rules state the project should be developed within 24 months, but it can be extended to up to 30 months.

    Evaluation

    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)?
    1. 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?
    1. 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)?
    1. Overall perception

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

    Your national 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.

    Applying

    1. Contact your national funding body using the contact form on Eureka’s website to discuss your project idea, financial viability, eligibility and national procedures.
    2. Create an account on our application portal (one per consortium) and select the funding opportunity you want to apply to.
    3. Using the portal, complete one application form per consortium (in English) and invite other consortium partners to fill in a partner form.
    4. Upload a GANTT chart (one per consortium), a signed and completed co-signature form (which you can download from the platform) and any additional required annexes.
    5. Your application will be checked for completeness and eligibility before being reviewed using a standard evaluation procedure. If successful, your project will receive a Eureka label.
    6. Your national funding body may carry out a further evaluation (performed by your national contact and technical experts) according to national rules before allocating funds to successful applicants.
    7. The final step is to complete and sign a consortium agreement. We recommend that you seek legal advice when drafting your consortium agreement.

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