The network IraSME

IraSME is a network of ministries and funding agencies which are owners or managers of national and regional funding programs for cooperative research projects between small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and in participation of research and technology organisations (RTOs). IraSME supports SMEs in their transnational innovation activities, helps them to acquire technological know-how, extend their networks and bridge the gap between research and innovation.

Aim of the network

  • Calls for proposals for transnational research projects are issued twice a year
  • Objective to develop innovative products, processes or technical services
  • Bottom-up approach, i.e. research topics are not pre-defined
  • Funding is made available through national/regional programs
  • Unbureaucratic support of the consortia and advise for proposal submission

Funding conditions

  • Projects can be funded if they fulfil the rules of national/regional funding programs.
  •  R&D activities with significant technical risks to realise new or improve significantly existing products, processes or technical services.
  • Consortia 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 RTOs with technical skills that are needed for the projects can be funded.
  • Every partner in the consortium has to have a distinct part in the development (no redundancy) corresponding to his technical expertise.

Application and Evaluation

  • The partners in a project file one common proposal application form, which describes the whole transnational project.
  • At the same time the partners file national/regional applications according to the corresponding programs.
  • The proposals are evaluated in a synchronised procedure by the involved funding agencies.
  • After a project is approved for funding, each partner receives budget from his respective funding agency.

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