ZIM – 9th call for joint research and development projects between small and medium-sized companies between Germany and Canada | cooperation-international

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Canada and Germany publish a call for tenders for joint research and development projects (R&D projects) to develop innovative products, processes or technical services from all areas of technology and application. The applicants are expected to develop market-ready solutions for products, services or processes that have great market potential.

The German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and the Canadian National Research Council (NRC) provide access to public funding for selected joint German-Canadian projects through the Central Innovation Program for SMEs (ZIM) and the Research Assistance Program of the Canadian National Research Council (NRC-IRAP). The minimum requirement for a project consortium is the participation of at least one SME from Germany and Canada. Other companies and, in Germany, research institutions are also welcome. In Germany, funding takes place within the framework of the ZIM.

The BMWi (supported by the AiF Projekt GmbH – project sponsor of the BMWi) and the NRC support the project partners in the phase of submitting project proposals, in the evaluation and in the monitoring phase.

Timeline and deadlines:

  • Mandatory registration of Canadian project participants with NRC: September 10, 2021
  • Mandatory expression of interest by Canadian project participants: by September 24, 2021
  • Optional project outline from the German project partners (for an initial assessment of the chances of the project idea and information on how to apply): by September 24, 2021 at the latest
  • Submission deadline for the national application forms and the joint international application form (PAF): December 15, 2021
  • Each German project partner submits their national ZIM application in parallel to the joint application form.
  • Canadian project partners are explicitly invited to submit their national IRAP applications at a later date.
  • The national funding decisions are expected around three months after the joint application forms have been submitted.
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Eligible project partners from Germany and Canada finance their project costs from the respective national funding programs (ZIM in Germany and NRC-IRAP in Canada) and independently raise the necessary contribution.

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