Consortium

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Building a consortium

Generally build your consortium as small as possible and as big as necessary.

For most countries / regions the minimum consortium is two companies from two participating countries / regions. If a partner from Austria is involved the consortium has to contain at least 3 companies (research organisations do not count as companies) of which at least one has to be from Austria.

Research organisations are eligible as additional partners or as subcontractors depending on the rules of the corresponding country / region.

For further information visit the Countries /Regions page. We also offer help in finding partners for projects. Visit our next Partnering Event or see our Finding Partners page.

Who is eligible?

The eligibility criteria for companies and research organisations differ between the participating countries / regions so it is important to check the program profile on the partner pages.
For most countries companies are eligible if they are SMEs following the EU definition, which is < 250 employees (full time equivalents) and < 50 M€ annual turnover or < 43 M€ balance sheet total.
However currently (click here for updates) for example Germany allows companies < 500 employees and Russia only companies < 100 employees.
Research organisations (Universities, Technical Universities, Fraunhofer,…) are eligible as partners with own funding if there is at least one company from the same country in most national /regional funding programs but for some (e.g. Russia) they may only be eligible as subcontractors.

Contact info

+49 (0)30 48163 493

AiF Projekt GmbH
Tschaikowskistraße 49
13156 Berlin - Germany

Information on our partner network CORNET: If you are an association and your SME members have a common R&D question that needs to be solved by research-centres or universities? You may benefit from the transnational funding opportunities the CORNET network can offer, as it links national and regional funding programmes for collective research to promote cooperation between SME associations and research organisations across Europe: www.cornet.online