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Call for project in AI and Quantum technologies (10 countries)
Deadline: Jul 1, 2019  
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 High Performance Computing
 Artificial Intelligence

Call description

Within the EUREKA initiative, the call is based on mutual consent between the participating funding bodies:

  •  FFG (Austria),
  • VLAIO, Innoviris & SPW-EER (Belgium) 
  • NRC IRAP (Canada),
  • IFD (Denmark),
  • ISERD (Israel),
  • CDTI (Spain),
  • Innosuisse (Switzerland),
  • KIAT (South Korea),
  • Tübitak (Turkey),
  •  Innovate UK (UK).

Special focus

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

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Quantum Technology/Quantum sensing 

Eligibility criteria

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

  • The consortium should include at least two (for profit) independent companies from two of the participating 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 consortium agreement is mandatory before the actual start of the project. 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 (see below) 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:

  • EUREKA Project Form
    The project consortium should fill out the project description in the ‘EUREKA Project Form’ . The form must be completed in English.

For this call specific instruction for filling out the 'EUREKA Project Form’ is available (see Section 8 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 7)

  • Annex 1 – Additional Project Infomation

Additionally, the project consortium has to fill out and submit Annex 1  with additional project information not included in the official EUREKA Project Form.

  • 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, Annex 1, budget, GANTT diagramme and document with signatures should be sent to ai.quantum.call@eurekanetwork.org with subject: AI&QT multi-lateral call 2019 before 1. July 2019, 17:00 (CET) at the latest. The email subject line should read: “AI&QT multi-lateral call 2019.

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 (see below for detailed information per funding agency). 

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 (see annex 4). After a common list of funded and non-funded projects has been agreed the EUREKA Association will inform the applicants about the results. 

Funding details

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.

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. 

Austria

Type if finance: Soft loan

Allocated budget: €1 mio. (flexible)

Max funding per projects: Flexible

Belgium

Flanders

Type if finance: Grant 

Allocated budget: unlimited

Max funding per projects: Flexible

Brussels

Type if finance: Grant

Allocated budget: €1 mio. (flexible)

Max funding per projects: Flexible

Wallonia

Type if finance: Grant

Allocated budget: €1 mio. (flexible)

Max funding per projects: Flexible

Canada

Type if finance: Grant

Allocated budget: unlimited

Max funding per projects: Flexible

Denmark

Type if finance: Grant

Allocated budget: €1 mio. (flexible)

Max funding per projects: €400.000

Israel

Type if finance: Grant

Allocated budget: €1 mio. (flexible)

Max funding per projects: Flexible

Spain

Type if finance: Soft loan

Allocated budget: unlimited

Max funding per projects: Flexible

Switzerland

Type if finance: Grant

Allocated budget: unlimited

Max funding per projects: CHF 1 Mio.(app. €880.000)

South Korea

Type if finance: Grant

Allocated budget: €1 mio. (flexible)

Max funding per projects: 500 Mil Korean  Won / year (app €390.000)

Turkey

Type if finance: Grant

Allocated budget: unlimited

Max funding per projects: Flexible

United Kingdom

Type if finance: Grant

Allocated budget: €1 mio. (flexible)

Max funding per projects: €400.000

NB: The budgets in the table is indicative. You must consult you national Funding Agency for further details.

Funding conditions and rules per National funding body

Austria

Specific National/ Regional rules

Only companies are eligible to apply for funding, universities and research organisations can be subcontractors of an Austrian company in the consortium.

Each Austrian company should submit national application separately and simultaneously with the EUREKA application (until 1 July 2019).  National funding programme for this call is Basisprogramm. In the national application all work of the applicant (only) should be explained in detail.  

Eligible costs and funding rates

Eligible are direct costs related to research project: personnel, overhead, materials, etc. All details you can find at the website

Additional documents required

Complete Basisprogramm application 

Belgium

Flanders

Specific Regional rules

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

Eligible costs and funding rates

In Belgium-Flanders the funding % for companies depends on the type of activities in the project, the size of the company and the participation of at least one SME : between 25% to maximum 60 %

Additional documents required

In addition to the centrally submitted EUREKA Project Application Form, partners from Flanders need to submit an application to VLAIO by the 01.07/2019 at 17:00, including a project plan and budget. We invite Flemish partners need to contact us for a pre-check of their project ideas.

Wallonia

Specific National/ Regional rules

A Walloon application form must be submitted (see below); 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.

Eligible costs and funding rates

Funding rates are depending of the type of research (Industrial research or Experimental development) and of the type of partnership. Funding rates vary between 35% to 60% for large companies and from 50% to 80% form SMEs. Universities and Colleges funding rate is 100% and 75% for research centers.

Additional documents required

In addition to the centrally submitted EUREKA Project Application Form, partners from Wallonia need to submit an application to SPW-EER by the 01.07.2019 at 17:00. We strongly advice Walloon partners to contact us for a pre-check of their project ideas. More info can be found in the Walloon EUREKA webpage.

Brussels

Specific National/ Regional rules

In order to be eligible for Innoviris support you must develop all or part of your activities in the Brussels-Capital Region and present an innovative R&D project that is likely to have a favourable impact on the economy, employment or sustainable development in the Brussels-Capital Region. Brussels research centres must collaborate with at least one Brussels industrial partner and no partner may bear more than 70% of the cost of the project.

Eligible costs and funding rates

Funding rates in Brussels depend on project type (Industrial research vs Experimental development), company size (SME and large) and collaboration.

Funding rates vary between 25% to 80% for companies. Universities and research institutes are 100% funded.

Additional documents required

In addition to the centrally submitted EUREKA Project Application Form, partners from Brussels need to submit an application to Innoviris by the 01.07.2019 at 17:00. We advise Brussels partners to contact us for a pre-check of their project ideas. More info can be found on the Innoviris website

Canada

Specific National/ Regional rules

In order to be considered for possible NRC IRAP funding, the basic eligibility criteria are:

  • be a small and medium-sized enterprise in Canada, incorporated and profit-oriented;
  • have 500 or fewer full-time equivalent employees; and
  • have the objective to grow and generate profits through development and commercialization of innovative, technology-driven new or improved products, services, or processes in Canada.

See https://www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/eng/irap/services/financial_assistance.html .

Eligible costs and funding rates

Up to 50% of Total Project Cost, which is calculated as Salaries (for eligible personnel) + Overhead (55% of Salaries) + Contractor Costs, for eligible project activities.  Funding details are to be discussed with one of NRC IRAP Industrial Technology Advisors located across Canada.

Additional documents required

National application to be submitted once the project has been selected by the Call.  Complementary information may be required such as annual and interim financial statements.

Denmark

Specific National/ Regional rules

IFD can invest in projects with a clear societal value and/or economic value in Denmark. IFD invest in applied research and experimental development. 

Eligible costs and funding rates

The Danish part of the consortium must include a commercial partner, but universities, research institutes and other types of partners can also be financed by IFD if Danish commercial partners participate.  For eligibility and general terms and conditions, please refer to “The General Terms and Conditions for International Projects”. IFD can invest in projects at TRL 3-9. The general maximum investment rates for Danish partners are summarized in the table below. IFD has special funding rules for de minimis funding.

 

Additional documents required

If funded, each Danish partner must individually register and upload the EUREKA application using IFDs national e-grant portal. The deadline for registration on e-grant is 2 weeks after the Call deadline.

Israel

Specific National/ Regional rules

Israel will offers 3 funding schemes for the call

  • #1 - Industrial companies (SME’s, Large Enterprises etc.). In this  scheme Universities, Research Institutes can participate as subcontractors, according to OCS guidelines or through non-OCS funding source.
  • #2 - Academic institutions may submit a collaboration project with another academic partner 
  • #3 – Collaboration between Industry and Academia from Israel with a consortia of academia and industry from the partnering countries

Eligible costs and funding rates

  • #1 - Up to 60% of approved budget for Israeli Industrial partners.
  • #2 – Up to 66% of approved budget for Israeli Industrial partners 
  • #3 – Up to 85% of approved budget for Israeli academia, up until 440,000NIS per year

Additional documents required

  • #1 -  https://my.innovationisrael.org.il/ 
  • #2 + #3 https://innovationisrael.org.il/en/program/promoting-applied-research-academia

Spain

Specific National/ Regional rules

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

Eligible costs and funding rates

Funding conditions for Spanish partners may vary depending on the nature of the project and the beneficiaries. The features of the main funding tool for EUREKA projects in Spain is available here: https://www.cdti.es/index.asp?MP=100&MS=802&MN=2

Additional documents required

Each company must complete and submit the funding application to CDTI within 20 days after receiving the communication of eligibility. Funding decision is expected within 3 months after submitting an eligible funding application.

It is mandatory that project activities do not start before submitting the funding applications to CDTI. For further information, please contact CDTI.

Switzerland

Specific National/ Regional rules

Only consortia consisting of at least 1 Swiss company and 1 Swiss University or Research Organisation, sharing the project costs 50:50 can apply for funding. Academic partners are funded 100%. Companies self-fund their participation and pay 10% of the funding contribution to the Swiss Research Organisation. In return they are entitled to non-exclusively exploit the project results in their business domain.

Eligible costs and funding rates

Salaries, consumables, international travel, equipment depreciation.
Swiss universities are funded 100%.
Swiss companies self-fund their participation.
A self-funded participation of Swiss companies without participation of a funded Research Organisation is possible

Additional documents required

National funding application: https://www.innosuisse.ch/inno/en/home/start-your-innovation-project/innovationsprojekte.html

South Korea

Specific National/ Regional rules

KIAT will finance industrial research and/or technological development activities of Korean companies, universities and research centers.

A private enterprise which has been in operation for more than 1 year and which received corporate R&D center accreditation by the Korean government should be included in the Korean consortium.

Eligible costs and funding rates

Project cost is comprised of government contributions and civilian dues (cash and in-kind). The amount of government contributions will vary depending on the type of executing organizations and project in accordance with Article 24 (Funding criteria) and Article 25 (Civilian dues) of the Common Operational Regulations for the Industrial Technology Innovation Programs in Korea. (see: www.k-pass.kr)

A party that participates in a project shall carry out its project using the government contributions allocated to it, and for-profit organizations shall individual bear the cash portion of civilian dues. 

Large company:

  • Share of government contributions in executing organization’s project budget: 33% or less

  • Share of cash in executing organization’s civilian dues: 60 or more

Mid-tier company:

  • Share of government contributions in executing organization’s project budget: 50% or less

  • Share of cash in executing organization’s civilian dues: 50 or more 

SME:

  • Share of government contributions in executing organization’s project budget: 67% or less

  • Share of cash in executing organization’s civilian dues: 40 or more

Other

  • Share of government contributions in executing organization’s project budget: 100% or less

  • Share of cash in executing organization’s civilian dues: to be borne if necessary

Additional documents required

The Korean consortium should submit its national application form until 28th of June on the k-pass system (online), before the EUREKA application until 1st of July.

See : www.k-pass.kr or www.kiat.or.kr > 2019년 산업기술국제협력 국제공동기술개발사업 공고

National submission on the k-pass system is mandatory for the project to get public funding. 

Turkey

Specific National/ Regional rules

All companies which were established in accordance with Turkish law can apply for funding for their international projects. There is no budget limit for international projects and they can be funded by TUBITAK without any restriction in project duration. Only companies participating in international projects are funded within this program but universities and research centers can be funded as subcontractors. Turkish applicants must complete their national application before 1st of July.

Eligible costs and funding rates

Companies receive certain percentage of their eligible costs as a grant in this call. There is no maximum or minimum limit to the budget of project. The percentage is 60% for large companies and 75% for SMEs.

Additional documents required

For further information about financing of Turkish participants please directly contact with TÜBİTAK. Detailed information can also be reached from here.

United Kingdom

Specific National/ Regional rules

To be eligible for funding your collaboration must a UK business of any size

The international partner or partners must be separate, non-linked legal entities from the UK partners.

Eligible costs and funding rates

For UK participants we have allocated up to £1 million to fund innovation projects in this competition.

For industrial research projects, businesses can receive funding for eligible project costs of:

  • 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

The research organisations in your consortium can share up to 30% of the total eligible project costs.  If your consortium contains more than one research organisation, this maximum will be shared between them.

Any subcontracting costs must not exceed 20% of total project costs.

Additional documents required

Applications submitted to this competition have 2 parts:

  1. The EUREKA project application form.
  2. The Innovate UK application form, along with the required supporting documentation.

This competition uses Innovate UK’s document-based process for application submission which requires an online registration. If there are several UK partners, you must nominate one organisation to lead the UK application. The nominated lead must register to submit the application and required documentation to Innovate UK.



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