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What can IraSME do for you?

Twice a year IraSME issues calls for proposals for transnational cooperative research projects between SMEs and RTOs with the objective to develop innovative products, processes or technical services. The calls follow a bottom-up approach, i.e. research topics are not pre-defined and can be decided by applicants themselves. Funding is made available through national and regional programmes. IraSME enables consortia of SMEs and RTOs (not mandatory) from at least two participating countries to work together in transnational projects.

What is an IraSME Project?

Projects can be funded if they fulfil the rules of the corresponding national/regional funding programmes.

Generally, IraSME Projects have to be research and development activities with significant technical risks to realise new or notably improve existing products, processes or technical services. The clearly describable project outcome has to show real market opportunities.

Consortia of IraSME Projects are as small as possible and as big as necessary. They consist of at least two SMEs from two different participating countries/regions with complementary technical expertise, which is needed to realise the project aim. Additional SMEs and RTOs who have technical skills that are needed for the projects can be funded. Partners from non-participating countries or partners that can not be funded in the national/regional programmes (e.g. large companies) can also participate in the project, if they can finance their part on their own or manage to get funded in another way.

Every partner in the consortium has to have a distinct part in the development (no redundancy) corresponding to his technical expertise.

What is not an IraSME Project?

Projects that only set up networks without a concrete technical development, the development of new standards, norms or labels, projects without technical risks, the pure transfer of existing technology to a new field of application without real technological challenges, and generally projects that have no concretely describable outcome and are supposed to only produce paper (except for new machines/processes to produce paper) are not funded in IraSME.

Why work in an IraSME project?

Participation in an IraSME project allows SMEs and RTOs to develop a new state of the art, build new partnerships, benefit from know-how and resources that might not be available in their country or region and get an insight into the market in other countries. IraSME features high success rates and short time to contract. The IraSME funding agencies support applicants in finding partners for their project ideas. Due to the low threshold for transnational cooperation, IraSME can also be a starting point for other transnational activities.

Unbureaucratic Support

As familiar national and regional funding programmes form the basis of support, collaboration with international partners in IraSME projects is unbureaucratic. Personal contact between applicants and funding agencies facilitates advice for proposal submission and flexible solutions to problems that might arise during a project. Ahead of a full application in IraSME, please contact our coordination office via e-mail or telephone! Applicants from Germany may write a short Sketch on their project and send it to AiF Projekt GmbH to get some non-binding feedback.

Application and Evaluation

The partners in a project file one common proposal form. The proposal describes the whole transnational project, which is made up of two or more national sub-projects. At the same time the partners file national/regional applications according to the corresponding programmes. The proposals are evaluated in a synchronised procedure by the involved funding agencies. After a project is approved for funding, each partner receives a grant from his national/regional funding agency.

Specific Questions

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What is the budget / funding for a project?

That depends completely on which countries and how many partners are involved as well as on who those partners are. You have to consult the information pages on the Countries / Regions involved. For a quick first overview you find a bilingual one page overview on the involved funding programme. The average funding per partner is around 160 k€ but varies strongly.

Who is eligible for funding?

That depends on the country / region the partner is from. Some members fund SMEs according to EU definition, some larger and some only smaller companies. Research organisations are generally only eligible if there is at least one eligible company from the same country / region. Some only fund research organisations as subcontractors others as partners. Consult the programme information and contact details of the funding agencies on Countries / Regions.

Is transfer of a technology to a new market fundable?

Normally not. IraSME only supports technical development work including significant technical risks. If you’re not sure contact your local funding agency: Countries / Regions

What do I have to submit and when?

On a transnational level you have to submit one common application form IraSME with the signed letters of intend of all partners (scanned) together with a draft consortium agreement (not yet signed but accepted by all partners) to at the Deadline before Noon Berlin Time. Simultaneously all partners submit their national funding applications according to their corresponding rules and regulations.

Is there an example draft consortium agreement?

No. We had one but made the experience that is just used without modification for the specific project and that is not what we want. The consortium agreement regulates rights and duties of all parties and is your most important document for the cooperation within the project and the usage and marketing of the results. It has to regulate:


identity of the partners,

contract period

IPR ownership, IPR use and exploitation of the results,

subcontracting to third parties,

contributions of each partner to the project,

confidentiality notes and freedom of publications rights,

duty for every partner to participate in a final report on the overall project,
which will be signed by all partners in the consortium.

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