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WHAT IS IRASME?

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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 new products, processes or technical services. Technical development from first idea to last not marketable prototype. 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. Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Luxembourg, Russia.

Matchmaking

Do you have a good idea but not yet the right partners to make it reality? Present your project idea looking for partners or your organisation profile. Visit our Partnering Events organised in changing locations 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 coordination of the network is financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.

74 Projects Funded in 8 Years

An average success rate around 50 % which is normally not defined by the budget but by the quality of the submitted proposals. The earlier you start getting advice the higher your chances of success. That means very low amount of “sunk costs”.

Financial Support

The avarage budget per consortium is around 1 mi. € of which about 60 % are funding and 40 % own financial stake by the companies. That means about 75 mi. € RnD budget and 45 mi. € funding in the last 8 years.

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. We just need to see 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 most 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 in an early stage of the planning of 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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LATEST NEWS

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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