Funding programmes

Asturias: IDEPA’s program for ERA-NET schemes will fund industrial research and experimental development projects involving effective international collaboration. Maximum aid intensities up to 80-40% according to the size of the applicant and type of project. Only companies (regardless of size) are eligible. R&T Centers & University are welcome as subcontractors. Minimum budget required for the regional companies: 150.000€; average grant 100.000€. Duration of the project will be 18-24 months.
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Basque Country: The aim of the GAITEK Programme is to make companies more competitive by means of promoting projects including R&D&I activities to develop new products. The beneficiaries of the programme are companies(universities and research centres may participate as subcontractors). The funds provided by GAITEK are grants: up to 50% of the accepted eligible costs for SMEs and up to 40% for large companies. Maximum contribution: 250 000 € per partner per year. Eligible costs are: personnel costs (researchers, technicians and support staff employed only for the research activity), costs for external assessment and equivalent services (e.g. subcontracting highly specialised parts of the project), costs for subcontracting Basque Science, Technology and Innovation Network (RVCTI) Agents, operating costs (costs for materials, supplies, trips, etc. derived from the research) and costs of instruments and equipment (paid off over the whole project duration). More information

Catalonia: Small, medium and large companies can be funded. Private research centres, universities and other public research entities registered in Catalonia can participate as subcontractors. Technically and financially feasible R&D projects in the field of manufacturing with an impact increase in the R&D company activities are eligible. Personnel costs, external collaborations for R&D activities related to the project, equipment (where applicable), IPR activities (for SMEs only), other costs such as travelling and management costs are eligible. Funding is provided as a grant. Eligible expenses for the Catalan part of the MANUNET project from 150 000€ with a maximum aid of 200.000€ (2 years- long projects). Large companies: Maximum of 50% of the costs of research activities and 25% of the costs of development activities can be funded. Medium companies: Maximum of 60% of the costs of research activities and 35% of the costs of development activities can be funded. Small companies: Maximum of 70% of the costs of research activities and 45% of the costs of development activities can be funded. More information

Finland: Tekes’ R&D funding programme is for enterprises who are willing to develop and grow. With Tekes funding, an enterprise can research and develop products and techniques, services and new business concepts, operating modes and management, and implement pilot projects and testing environments needed for development. The aim is to substantially accelerate the growth and internationalization of the most promising small enterprises. More information

Germany: Focused on topics concerning innovative production equipment, machines, tools and improved production process chains. Enterprises, SME and research institutes can be funded according to the rules of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research [BMBF) in the Framework programme "Research for Tomorrow's Production - PROmorgen". http://www.bmbf.de/en/686.php; http://www.produktionsforschung.de/international/eranet/index.htm

Iceland: The Technology Development Fund constitutes a significant part of the formal organisation of the Science and Technology Policy Council in Iceland. The fund’s role is to support R&D perceived as important for fulfilling government objectives regarding technological development and innovation, leading to a regeneration and improved competitive situation of Icelandic industry. More information

Israel: Only industrial partners are eligible for funding. Proposals must include a single or multi-year programme that will provide know how, processes or methods for the manufacture of a new product or the significant improvement of an existing product, or a new process or a significant improvement in an existing process. The product must have a sizeable potential for sales. The support is in the form of a conditional grant amounting up to 50% of the total approved R&D budget. Israeli participants of projects approved by MANUNET will be required to submit a proposal to the R&D fund and will be funded based accordingly on the national rules. More information

Lower Austria: Companies, research centres and universities financed. RD projects up to 50% funding. Industrial research up to 25%. Experimental development for SMEs possibilities for additional 10%. Grant or loan, depending on the type of organisation. www.noel.gv.at; www.athenoe.at

Luxembourg: The FNR (National Research Fund Luxembourg) supports public research projects. Through its INTER Programme “Promotion of international cooperation” the FNR wants to promote international scientific cooperation, to create synergies between research centres within and outside Luxembourg, to achieve a critical mass in certain fields, to take a better approach to the resolution of certain transnational issues, to increase the visibility and competitiveness of research in Luxembourg. The programme is supporting international R&D projects, where public research institutions in Luxembourg are eligible to get funding from FNR. Companies based in Luxembourg can participate as partners with own financial means or apply for financial support at the Ministry of Economy in Luxembourg. More information

Nord-Pas de Calais: 3 regional programs can be used, depending on the nature of the beneficiary : Cluster policy program (for universities, RTOs and laboratories), Regional Funds for Innovation (for companies up to 2000 employees) and Collaborative R&D program (for companies over 2000 employees). Large companies can only be funded if they are in a partnership with at least one SME from Nord-Pas de Calais and one research organisation or university located in a MANUNET region/country. More information

Romania: The program finances joint experimental research and technological development projects, having as results products, technologies and innovative services aimed at solving and implementing solutions to complex socio-economic problems of national priority. More information

Slovakia: VEGA is the scientific agency –internal grant system- of the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic and the Slovak Academy of Science. Only universities financed. Companies and research centres only in cooperation with universities. 15 000 - 20 000 € grant per project per year. More information

Switzerland: “CTI”, the national innovation promotion programme, enforces the market oriented innovation process, the introduction of practice oriented qualifications for researchers in universities and the improvement of cooperation between academia and industry. CTI projects should strongly support a market need initiated and oriented knowledge and technology transfer. The CTI programme supports bottom up generated innovation projects of all sort of disciplines. CTI projects need to have an industry involvement of at least 50%. Only public, non-win oriented research institutes are funded 100%. Industry partners like SMEs are taking part self-financed. www.kti.admin.ch; www.sbfi.admin.ch

Turkey: International Industrial R&D Projects Funding Programme; SMEs and large companies settled in Turkey can submit project proposals. Universities and research institutes are not eligible, but can benefit from the programme as subcontractors. Grant rate is 60% for large companies and 75% for SMEs. Personnel, travel, equipment, software, subcontractor (consultancy and other services), material costs are eligible. Application to TUBITAK should be made simultaneously with MANUNET II full proposal submission. There is no project budget/duration limit for application. More information

Wallonia: SMEs and Large companies, academia and research centers can be funded. Maximum funding: 60-80% grant for SMEs, 40% grant for large companies, 100% grant for academia and 75% grant for research centres. Industrial research: minimum 40% of the Walloon project’s budget must be dedicated to the Walloon company(ies). Experimental development:  minimum 40% of the Walloon project’s budget must be dedicated to the Walloon company(ies) AND minimum 50% of the project’s budget must be dedicated to the Walloon partners OR at least 2 Walloon companies are partners in the consortium. Maximum projects length: 36 months. More information