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Newsletter November 2017

  • General Information
  • Open: 21st call - Deadline 28 March 2018
  • Partnering Event: Aachen 31 January 2018
  • Elevator Pitch Sessions & Face-to-Face Meetings
  • Impressions: Last Partnering Event in Brussels
  • New partner Luxembourg
  • Support: Online Matchmaking
  • Subscribe: ZIM International Mailing
  • CORNET: 25th call for proposals about to open
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Dear Subscriber ,

Welcome to our fourth Newsletter in 2017 and thank you for your interest in IraSME.

Main topics for this newsletter are the upcoming 21st call for joint project proposals and the next Partnering Event in Aachen at RWTH on 31 January 2018. We would also like to draw your attention to our supporting activities and hope you enjoy reading the Newsletter. If you do, please spread the word. However, if you do not benefit from this information or receive this email without having subscribed, please follow the link at the end of this mail and this will be the last IraSME Newsletter for you.

If you have any comments or questions you can reply to this email directly.

Best regards,
Your IraSME Team

General Information

IraSME (International research activities by SMEs) is a network of ministries and funding agencies which are owners or managers of national and regional funding programmes for cooperative research projects between Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs). Research and Technology Organisations (RTOs) can be additional partners or subcontractors in most of those programmes. Against the background of growing competition in global markets, IraSME supports SMEs in their transnational innovation activities, helps them acquiring technological know-how, extending their networks and bridging the gap between research and innovation. Current network partners are Austria, Belgium (Wallonia and Flanders), Czech Republic, the region Hauts-de-France, Germany, Luxembourg and Russia.

Open Call: 21st call with deadline 28 March 2018

The current 21st IraSME call for joint proposal applications is open till 28 March 2018 - noon.  Funding parties involved: Austria, Belgium (Wallonia and Flanders), Czech Republic, Germany, Luxembourg and Russia. The region Hauts-de-France could not secure budget for this call, however we expect that they will be participating again in the 22nd call. All countries and regions are published with their national programme portraits on our network website. Please visit www.ira-sme.net for the latest updates.

Applications can only be handed in via the electronic submission system on the IraSME website by using a personal upload box. If you are interested in the call and connected procedures, we strongly recommend to get in touch with the IraSME coordination office and your corresponding national funding agency as soon as possible.

New IraSME call starting each spring & fall

The following IraSME call will start directly after our Partnering Event in Berlin early June 2018 and so far we expect most network partners to participate. The scheduled deadline for this call will be end of September 2018. We encourage you to participate with your innovative projects. Make sure that applications are prepared well in advance. Take advantage of our free consultation services via email and phone in order to get most questions answered before applying. Further assistance for application is provided in the section "How to build a project" on the website.

Previous call activities

The 20th IraSME call for proposals ended on 27 September 2017. We received 14 applications, taking into account that Austria was not participating this call. All projects but one have passed the eligibility check and are currently evaluated. The results of this call will be communicated to the applicants by mid-January 2018. For further figures on the previous calls visit: www.ira-sme.net/calls/statistics/.

Upcoming Partnering Event in Aachen - 31 January 2018

IraSME organises at least two partnering events per year in cooperation with our partner programme CORNET. Participation is free of charge and guests are welcome to join the event. The next Partnering Event will take place on 31 January 2018 at RWTH Aachen  in cooperation with the WZL institute and our regional partner ZENIT.
The main focus is on the running joint calls for proposals in IraSME and CORNET. Besides, the event will include Elevator Pitch Sessions for your project ideas or organisation profiles. Main target groups of the event are small and medium-sized enterprises (SME), as well as SME associations, universities and research & technology organizations (RTO) that are interested in building transnational cooperation projects.
The event will start at 10:00 am (registration from 09:30) and end around 04:00 pm. The fixed timetable will be made available close to the event with a newsletter and is constantly updated on our website. For further information on the event in Aachen please visit www.ira-sme.net

Registration: www.b2match.eu/irasme-cornet-aachen-2018

Elevator Pitch Session in Aachen

During the partnering event you have the possibility to present a project idea and search for partners with the right know-how or present your organisation and your technical expertise to find a project. You have 5 minutes for your presentation, so keep it short! The elevator pitch session will take place on 31 January 2018, starting 01:00 pm to 04:00 pm. If you want to give a presentation, please send it via E-Mail to the IraSME coordination office before 22 January 2018.

Slots for presentations are limited and we already have first bookings, so please secure your slot as early as possible. You may also hand in a rough idea first and then send us your final presentation after having reserved your slot.

In order to set up an agenda, it is necessary to include the following information in your email:
  • Your name and organisation
  • Title of your presentation
  • Short description of your presentation ("Organisation profile" or 150 letters about your project idea)
  • Field of technology of your presentation
  • Do you agree/disagree that your presentation is published online after the event?

Face-to-Face Meetings in Aachen

The Face-to-Face meetings will take place in parallel to the Partnering Event. When you register for the event, your profile will be available in the online Face-to-Face meeting tool provided by B2match to allow others to arrange Face-to-Face meetings with you at the event.

The booking tool for Face-to-Face meetings will be open from 02 January till 31 January 2018.

Registration: www.b2match.eu/irasme-cornet-aachen-2018

Impressions of our latest Partnering Event in Brussels

At our latest partnering event in Brussels on 19 October 2017, we welcomed almost 50 participants at the premises of our network partner VLAIO. The guests were able to receive information on the available funding mechanisms, listened to several elevator pitches by other institutions and use the pre-scheduled Face-to-Face meetings for separate discussions on potential collaborations and new project ideas.

Impressions and presentations for download: www.ira-sme.net/events/previous-events/

Extension of the IraSME network

We are excited to introduce the newest member in the IraSME network. Starting with the 21st call, you will have the possibility to apply for cooperation projects with partners from Luxembourg. Luxinnovation will be the responsible partner for the support and evaluation of Luxembourgian applications. A very cordial welcome!

Online Matchmaking Service

The online matchmaking tool on the IraSME website is still online and ready for your exploration. Just register on IraSME and take advantage of more than 600 cooperation profiles from various SMEs and RTOs from multiple areas of science and technology. As a registered user you may read through the profiles and contact potential project partners directly.

Please visit our homepage for further information.

ZIM International Cooperation

If you are interested in receiving more information on international cooperation possibilities in ZIM aside from IraSME, have a look at our flyer and sign up for our ZIM International Mailing.

Download Flyer (pdf) | Sign up for Mailing (link)

The 25th CORNET call for proposals will be open soon. Project submission is possible until 28 March 2018 - noon. Detailed information about the application procedure, participating countries and regions, budget, guidelines and templates are available on the CORNET website.

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