Canada-Korea 2020-2021 collaborative industrial research and development call for proposals

From: National Research Council Canada

1. Introduction

The governments of Canada and the Republic of Korea (Korea) are working together to foster and support collaborative industrial research and development (R&D) projects with a high potential for commercialization. This call for proposals is open to organizations from Canada and Korea who wish to form project consortia to perform collaborative projects focussed on developing innovative products, processes, or technology-based services in the advanced manufacturing, clean technologies, digital industries, and health/bio-sciences sectors.

2. Application deadlines

February 27, 2020

Canadian registration deadline

March 5, 2020

Canadian expression of interest deadline

June 15, 2020

International consortium project proposal deadline

3. Sectors of focus

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 Korean research and development-performing company
  2. The project partners that form the consortium must:
    • be capable of implementing the project including funding their respective share and
    • agree in advance on intellectual property rights and a commercialization strategy
  3. The collaborative 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 technological-based services with military or non-peaceful applications
  4. The collaborative 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 solutions for commercial needs and
    • an adequate balance and significance for all project partners, with no more than 75% of the project budget contributed by any organization or country

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

4.1 Canadian eligibility requirements

Canadian applicant(s) must also meet the following criteria.

  1. The Canadian SME must have a technology that is:
    • world-class, differentiated, and protectable, such as a unique or novel patentable technology that may alter the industry or market
      To note: preference will be given to existing commercialized technologies in Canada
  2. The Canadian SME must be committed to:
    • pursuing growth and profit by developing and commercializing innovative, technology-driven new or improved products, processes or technological-based services and
    • aggressive growth through global market expansion.
  3. The Canadian SME must be ready, and have the resources to:
    • make a serious new market entry push, generally measured by having more than 20 full‑time equivalent employees and $2 million CAD in annual revenue and
    • complete a collaborative project with international project partners

4.2 Korean eligibility requirements

Please consult the KIAT call for proposals announcement (in Korean only) for Korean eligibility requirements.

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.

NOTE: One country and/or project partner cannot represent more than 75% of the total project budget.

Additional country-specific funding parameters are outlined below:

5.1 Canadian funding

In Canada, this call for proposals is offered through the Canadian International Innovation Program (CIIP) - an international innovation R&D funding program offered by Global Affairs Canada in partnership with the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP). NRC IRAP is responsible for the delivery of this call for proposals and for the management of any resulting funding agreements.

Eligible Canadian SMEs may receive up to 50% reimbursement of eligible project costs up to a maximum total funding amount of $600,000 CAD over 12 to 36 months.

NOTE: Canadian SME applicants must be eligible for funding as NRC IRAP clients before they can be considered for funding through this call for proposals. For more information on NRC IRAP eligibility and becoming an NRC IRAP client, please contact NRC IRAP at 1-877-994-4727.

5.2 Korean funding

In Korea, this bilateral call for proposals is offered by the Korea Institute for Advancement of Technology (KIAT). KIAT is responsible for the delivery of this call for proposals and the management of any resulting funding agreements.

Eligible Korean companies may receive up to 33 to 67% reimbursement of eligible project costs up to a maximum total funding amount of 700,000,000 KRW over 12 to 36 months. Please consult the KIAT call for proposals announcement (in Korean only) for details about funding parameters.

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:

6.1 Canadian application process

The Canadian application process has four phases:

  1. Registration
  2. Expression of interest (EOI)
  3. International consortium project proposal (ICPP)
  4. National funding body proposal and funding agreement

Step 1: Registration phase
Each Canadian applicant must register electronically by using the REGISTER button at the bottom of this page and completing the online registration form which requests basic information about the applicant and their organization.

Registrations for this call for proposals will be reviewed by NRC IRAP who will contact applicants if further information is required. Qualifying applicants will proceed to the next phase and be invited to submit an expression of interest (EOI) form.

Step 2: Expression of interest phase
During this phase, while completing the expression of interest (EOI) form, each Canadian applicant is encouraged to contact their NRC IRAP representative to discuss their project idea and receive guidance on preparing their submission.

The applicant's NRC IRAP representative and the NRC IRAP International Office will review applications. Qualifying applicants will be invited to submit the more detailed international consortium project proposal (ICPP) in collaboration with their project partners.

Step 3: International consortium project proposal (ICPP) phase
During this phase, all project partners must work together to complete and submit an ICPP package to each implicated national funding body. The contents of the ICPP package are unique to each national funding body.

In this call for proposals, the Canadian ICPP application package consists of:

  1. an International consortium project proposal (ICPP) form, outlining the
    • project consortium
    • collaborative project
    • expected outcomes and
    • funding request
  2. a draft international consortium agreement containing descriptions of the:
    • roles and responsibilities of each consortium member
    • project management framework
    • financial plan
    • division of intellectual property rights and
    • confidentiality and publication agreements, and liability clauses

Canadian ICPP applications will be evaluated by NRC IRAP. Next, the amalgamated evaluation results will be shared between all implicated national funding bodies to jointly select the collaborative projects that will be invited to proceed to the final national funding body proposal and funding agreement stage.

Step 4: National funding body proposal and funding agreement phase
During the national funding body proposal and funding agreement phase, all eligible project partners work independently to complete funding proposals and sign legally binding funding agreements with their respective national funding body. Canadian applicants will work with their NRC IRAP representative to prepare an NRC IRAP funding proposal and contribution agreement.

6.2 Korean application process

For all information related to application stages, requirements, instructions, ICPP application packages, and national funding body proposals and funding agreements, please consult the KIAT call for proposals announcement (in Korean only).

7. Contacts

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

7.1 Canadian contact

Wei Ning
CIIP Korea National Program Coordinator
National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program
Wei.Ning@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca

7.2 Korean contact

Wonseok Shin
Researcher, International R&D Cooperation Team
Korea Institute for Advancement of Technology (KIAT)
wsshin1204@kiat.or.kr

8. Registration

To begin the application process, all interested Canadian applicants must register for this opportunity by clicking the REGISTER button below:

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