CORNET – international Collective Research for SMEs

Research and development plays a vital role in developing new markets for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). That is why the AiF is committed to several international activities as the representative of German SME interests in international research. Furthermore, the AiF F·T·K GmbH is coordinating the international initiative CORNET.


CORNET is a network of ministries and funding agencies that combine their existing funding schemes to increase the competitiveness of SMEs. In this way, CORNET supports funding organisations worldwide to introduce pilot actions and schemes for pre-competitive Collective Research.

Participation in a CORNET project allows SMEs, SME associations or groups and research organisations to build an international network and benefit from know-how and resources that might not be available in their own country or region. CORNET features high success rates and short time to contract. The CORNET partners support applicants in finding the right partners for their pre-competitive Collective Research projects.

Calls for Proposals

Twice a year CORNET issues Calls for Proposals for international Collective Research projects. The calls follow a bottom-up approach: every topic that supports SMEs in their innovation efforts is welcome.

The 28th CORNET Call for Proposals closed on 25 September 2019. Meanwhile, CORNET is organising a joint evaluation by international experts. The evaluation results will be communicated to applicants in April 2020.

The 29th CORNET Call for Proposals with closure date on 25 March 2020 has opened on 12 December 2019. It is also possible to submit joint project proposals with Turkish partners, since the Turkish Funding organisation TÜBITAK joined CORNET mid of 2019.

As a well-established international network, CORNET accomplishes an average success rate of 66 per cent. Please find further information about the application process, proposal templates and international partners on


Viktoria Cvetković (Network Coordination)
Phone  +49 221 37680-321

Felix Rotter (Projects and Proposals)
Phone  +49 221 37680-337

Almut Miebach (Public Relations)
Phone  +49 221 716101-45

Irina Bester (Public Relations) / Currently on parental leave
Phone  +49 221 716101-22