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Issue: April 2021 | No. 01 / 2021
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Content of this Issue:
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27th Call for Proposals Closed with a New Record

On 31 March 2021 the 27th IraSME call for transnational R&D projects closed with a record breaking submission of 44 project proposals. That is an all-time high!

Applicants of all participating countries/regions took the opportunity to form transnational consortia in order to set up their individual innovation projects, aiming at strengthening their companies’ innovation capacities and overall competitiveness. Besides the most common set-up of two IraSME countries/regions involved in one project, we have also received five tri-lateral project proposals, which in itself is a new record number as well.

The participating countries/regions of this call by order of their application numbers: Germany, Turkey, Austria, Russia, Wallonia (Belgium), Flanders (Belgium), Alberta (Canada), Luxembourg, and Brazil.

Topics or fields of technology chosen by our applicants range from bioinformatics, cyber security, AI, technical chemistry and geotechnics to composite fibre materials, robotics control systems, smart textiles, additive manufacturing, photonics, and many more. The proposals have been distributed among the network representatives, and the eligibility checks and evaluation process of the mandatory national applications have started. Results are expected to be communicated in July 2021.

The next IraSME call for proposals will open in early June with its closing date at 29 September 2021.

Upcoming Events:
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Innovate Together: Bottom-Up Initiatives in FR-BE-LU

The competitiveness clusters Materalia (FR), MecaTech (BE), Skywin (BE) and the Luxembourg Materials & Manufacturing Cluster by Luxinnovation (LU) are joining forces in order to promote technological collaborations between their members.

The objective is to boost the setting-up of R&D projects involving large companies, SMEs and RTOs from the respective ecosystems in the France-Belgium-Luxembourg Greater Region. Links will be made with relevant European and interregional funding opportunities (Horizon Europe, Eurostars, Eureka, IraSME…).

During this webinar, bottom-up calls enabling European collaborations between specific regions will be presented and a special focus will be put on IraSME, Eurostars and EIC accelerators for SME funding tools.

When and where: 29 April 2021 at 11 a.m. (CET) via Livestorm
Language: English
Information & Registration for Innovate Together
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Cleantech Beyond Borders: Luxembourg and Germany

The dynamic and innovation driven cleantech field proves that it is crucial to team up with highly knowledgeable partners in order to conduct ambitious innovation projects – partners who may be located outside your own country’s borders.

IraSME network members Luxinnovation and AiF Projekt GmbH on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) have teamed up with Cleantech Initiative Ostdeutschland (CIO, East German Cleantech Initiative) to organise a free virtual info session (18 May 2021) and pitching day (15 June 2021) targeted at cleantech companies based in Germany (SMEs) and Luxembourg which are interested in joint transnational innovation projects and looking for suitable R&D funding options as well as potential cooperation partners. German and Luxembourgian Research and technology organizations (RTOs) collaborating with SMEs are welcome to register as well.

R&D funding and support is accessible through the IraSME network’s calls for proposals. German partners apply for funding within BMWi’s Central Innovation Programme for SMEs (ZIM) and Luxembourgish partners receive assistance from Luxinnovation.

When and where:
18 May 2021 (info session) at 10 a.m. (CET) via InEvent
15 June 2021 (pitching day) at 10 a.m. (CET) via InEvent 
Language: German and English
Information & Registration for Cleantech Beyond Borders
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Innovation Day for SMEs 2021: Digital Edition (Germany)

The Innovation Day by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) is a yearly open air exhibition in Berlin which presents successful R&D projects funded through various of BMWi’s innovation support programmes. This year’s first ever entirely digital edition of this popular event will continue its tradition to showcase successful innovations and to provide an information platform for innovative SMEs.

On 17 June 2021, viewers and participants may take advantage of several online offers and activities, such as getting information on the wide spectrum of SME-targeted innovation funding programmes by BMWi, or participating at interactive webinars, meeting funding experts online at virtual information booths, and using innovative matchmaking tools to connect with potential project partners.

The agenda will also include a free webinar on international R&D collaborations within BMWi’s Central Innovation Programme for SMEs (ZIM), the funding programme which is available to German IraSME applicants.

When and where: 17 June 2021 online (platform t.b.a.)
Language: German
More Information (in German)
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IraSME Events

All of these events (past and present) are listed in the events section on the IraSME website: 

IraSME Partner Overview
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