Call for joint industrial R&D projects Germany/Canada


The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) and the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi) will provide access to public funding for joint projects through the BMWi’s ZIM program (Central Innovation Program for SMEs) in Germany, and through the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) in Canada. NRC-IRAP and AiF Projekt GmbH (Project management agency for the BMWi) will provide all necessary assistance to project partners during the project proposal, evaluation and monitoring phase.

Project results will have to contribute to the development of commercial products, processes and / or technical services. Projects must comply with the following requirements:

  • The consortium has to include at least 2 independent enterprises, one from Canada and one from Germany which contribute considerably to the project. Participation of research institutes and other companies are welcome as additional participants or subcontractors according to each country’s funding regulations.
  • The project should have an obvious advantage and added value resulting from the cooperation between the participants from the two jurisdictions (e.g. increased innovation capability, commercial leads, access to R&D infrastructure, new fields of application, etc.).
  • Project duration should not exceed 2 years. An extension of 1 year could be accepted by both countries if sufficiently justified.

Deadline to apply: November 30, 2016. Expected date for decisions: December 21, 2016

More details, documents and forms:
Canada: http://www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/eng/about/global/proposals/canada_germany.html
Germany: http://www.zim-bmwi.de/internationale-fue-kooperationen/ausschreibungen