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WHAT IS IRASME?

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IraSME – International research activities by small and medium-sized enterprises


IraSME is a network of ministries and funding agencies which are owners or managers of national and regional funding programmes for cooperative research projects between small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and in participation of research and technology organisations (RTOs).

Against the background of growing competition in global markets, 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. The coordination of the network is financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi).

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

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IraSME coordinates national funding for
international projects.

Calls

We fund: Development of innovative new products, processes or technology-based services. Technical development up to prototype level. R&D with significant technical risks for each funded partner.

Countries / Regions

Find all cooperating agencies/ministries from different countries/regions here. Projects are funded by local programmes according to their rules/processes. Alberta (Canada), Austria, Brazil, Czech Republic, Flanders (Belgium), Germany, Luxembourg, Russia, Turkey, Wallonia (Belgium).

Matchmaking

Do you have an innovative idea but not the right partners yet to implement it? Present your project idea or oganisation profile in order to look for potential cooperation partners at one of our Partnering Events taking place online or in alternating locations once or twice a year.

FACTS AND FIGURES BETWEEN 2011 AND 2019

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Founded as an ERANet in FP6 in 2005 IraSME has been self-sustained since 2011. All costs are carried by the participating funding bodies. The network coordination is financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and carried out by AiF Projekt GmbH, a project management agency of BMWi which is based in Berlin.

76 Projects Funded in 8 Years

The success rate averages around 50% and is largely dependend on the quality of proposals submitted (and not defined by budget limitations!). The earlier you start getting advice the higher your chances of success. 

Financial Support

The average calculated budget per consortium is around 1 million Euros, financed at about 60% through funds and 40% through individual equity stakes. For the past 8 years, these figures amount to an overall IraSME R&D budget of approx. 76 Million Euros of which approx. 45 millon Euros were paid out as non-reimbursable grants.

Completely Bottom-Up

Thematically extremely wide from low to high tech. From two companies developing new building materials to consortia with more then 10 members developing whole new digital value chains. You decide on what to develop while we examine if there is enough innovation and market potential.

National Funding Hand in Hand

IraSME is streamlining different national / regional processes, deadlines and rules to facilitate national funding of international projects. It also is your easy central access for information on the common rules and national / regional contact points.

Countries / Regions

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On these pages we offer you a short overview of the basic features of the different funding programmes involved as well as links to further information and a direct contact to the responsible funding agency. The agencies / ministries help you understand what is necessary to receive a grant at the end. Please get in touch with them at an early stage of planning your project.

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Alberta (Canada)

German-Canadian Centre for Innovation and Research (GCCIR)

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Russian Federation

Foundation for Assistance to Small Innovative Enterprises (FASIE)

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Luxembourg

Luxinnovation

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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