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Canada-Germany 2021-22 collaborative industrial research and development call for proposals (NRC IRAP-ZIM Call 9)

From: National Research Council Canada

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1. Call description

Working together, the Government of Canada and the Government of Germany aim to foster and support collaborative industrial research and development (R&D) projects with high potential for commercialization. This call for proposals is open to companies from Canada and Germany who wish to perform joint R&D leading to technology commercialization focussed on developing innovative products, processes or technology-based services in all technological and application areas which have strong market potential.

The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) will provide access to public funding for joint projects through the BMWi's ZIM program (Central Innovation Program for SMEs) in Germany, and through the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP) in Canada.

NRC IRAP and AiF Projekt GmbH (the project management agency for BMWi) will provide all necessary assistance to project partners during the project proposal, evaluation and monitoring phases.

2. Application deadlines

September 10, 2021 Canadian registration deadline
September 24, 2021 Canadian expression of interest deadline
September 24, 2021 German optional project sketch deadline
December 15, 2021 International consortium project proposal deadline

3. Sectors of focus

This call for proposals is open to projects in all sectors that are civilian in nature.

4. Eligibility requirements

To be considered for funding, applicants must form a project consortium and develop a collaborative R&D project that meets the following criteria:

  1. The project consortium must include at least:
    • 1 incorporated Canadian small or medium-sized enterprise (SME), defined as a for-profit company with 500 or fewer full-time equivalent employees, and
    • 1 eligible German R&D-performing SME, defined as a for-profit company with less than 1,000 employees
  2. The project partners that form the consortium must:
    • be capable of implementing the project including funding their respective share
    • agree in advance on intellectual property rights and a commercialization strategy, and
    • not be related in terms of corporate ownership
  3. The project must focus on co-developing a product, process or technology-based service that:
    • is highly innovative
    • has significant commercial potential
    • has outcomes that can be realized within 3 years of completion of the project, and
    • does not involve R&D related to products, processes or technology-based services with military or non-peaceful applications
  4. The project must demonstrate:
    • the unique scientific and technological contribution that each organization brings to the project
    • an obvious advantage and added value for each project partner resulting from the collaboration, such as an increased knowledge base, an access to R&D infrastructure or new fields of application or a solutions for commercial needs, and
    • an adequate balance and significance for all project partners, defined as no more than 70% of the project work effort may be contributed by any one organization in a 2-partner project, and no more than 50% of the project work effort may be contributed by 1 organization in any project with more than 2 partners

In addition to the above eligibility requirements, each applicant must meet their country-specific requirements, outlined below:

5. Funding

Eligible project participants in collaborative projects selected through this call for proposals may receive funding from their respective national funding body. Funds will be provided in accordance with the applicable laws, regulations, rules and procedures established by the relevant national funding body, country, jurisdiction and/or program.

Non-eligible project participants (e.g. universities, research institutes, etc., and other companies) are welcome to participate on a self-funded basis or as sub-contractors to funded participants, according to each country's funding regulations.

Additional country-specific funding parameters are outlined below:

6. Application process

Application processes and evaluations will be performed independently by each national funding body in accordance with their national and institutional laws and regulations. Once each national funding body has evaluated the submitted applications, a final joint project selection will be performed.

Each applicant must submit all required documents to their respective national funding body and meet its due diligence process requirements.

Not meeting these requirements may cause the collaborative project application to be considered incomplete or ineligible and render the entire project consortium ineligible for funding through this call for proposals.

Information on respective application processes follows below:

7. Contacts

For questions, concerns, or for more information, please contact the appropriate call for proposals representative listed below:

Canadian Contact
Andrew Bauder
NRC IRAP Germany National Program Coordinator
National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program

German Contact
Georg Nagel
Director International Cooperation
AiF Projekt GmbH

8. Register