Announcement of the 12th ETB Call

The 12th transnational call for proposals is open from October 4th, 2016 until January 31st, 2017.

Application procedure

Consortia coordinated by an SME and consisting of at least two enterprises belonging to two different countries participating in the 12th ETB Call - Austria, Belgium (represented by the region of Flanders), Finland, France (represented by the regions of Alsace, Champagne-Erdenne and Lorraine, Region Grand Est), Germany, Italy, and Russia - and coordinated by an SME can apply for ETB funding.

The application process is a one-step process with ETB Office as central communication point for all applicants. Proposals must be submitted exclusively using the online submission tool. Proposals submitted via E-mail, fax, paper copy will not be considered for evaluation.

The deadline for submitting the project proposals is January 31st 2017 at 15:00 CET. The applicants will be informed about the ETB funding recommendations by July 2017.

Please, study the Guidelines for 12th Call carefully before submitting a project proposal. In addition, we kindly advise you to contact your national contact point for further information, as each country/region may have additional national requirements. If you have general questions concerning the application process or eligibility of your consortium, please contact ETB Office.

Eligibility and Evaluation

The eligibility of proposals will be checked by the ETB consortium. The consortium will check the compliance with the ETB and national eligibility criteria, which are published in the 12th ETB Call Guidelines on the ETB website from October, 2016. All consortium partners must prove sufficient financial stability to conduct the project properly. National agencies/ministries will check the financial status of their countries/regions’ partner. Eligible proposals will be evaluated by an international panel of evaluators. The evaluation criteria fall into four equally important categories: 1) technological/scientific innovation, 2) economic and social perspective, 3) consortium and project management, and 4) resources.

ETB Additional funding schemes

Some ETB partners provide additional funding instruments that might be complementary to the ETB funding and thus can support the project building. These are mostly applicable before and during the project building phase.

The following two categories can be considered.

Vouchering schemes: Vouchers intend to build links between public and private knowledge providers (Universities, Research organizations and private or public research bodies) and SMEs. Innovation Vouchers assist a company to explore a business opportunity or problem with a registered knowledge provider.

Feasibility studies: SMEs that are considering a specific project may require further assessment of the technical and financial feasibility before deciding to proceed or not. Feasibility studies aim to prove the technical viability and profitability of a project.

Availability of these schemes in the ETB funding programs

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International cooperation requires a solid IPR management1 in order to protect project background and foreground. IPR management costs are eligible costs in most national programs. It is important to know whether IPR management costs are an integral part oft he project proposal in advance.

Please contact your national ETB contact in ordert o learn more about the above schemes and whether and how they apply to your ETB project.

1 A comprehensive website on IPR issues including direct information and links to specialized sites is found on the ERA-LEARN website.