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INNOWWIDE organized the 3rd Consortium Meeting in The Hague

The 3rd INNOWWIDE project meeting took place in The Hague, Netherlands, on July 4th and 5th 2019. The organization of the event was under the responsibility of RVO – Netherlands Enterprise Agency, one of the Consortium members. Every partner organization was represented in The Hague, meeting at the Ministry of Economic Affairs & Climate and in the RVO premises.

This meeting was mainly focused on the following topics: summarizing the outreach and dissemination activities that took place during the period of application for the 1st VAP Call; analysing the results of the 1st VAP Call (number of applications, distribution in applicant countries and distribution in target countries selected); discussing the current process of VAP evaluation; and analysing the impact assessment done after the 1st VAP Call, that will help the project team to understand how to improve some aspects of the process for the 2nd round of applications.

The number of applications received for the 1st VAP Call proved to be higher than previously expected, which was perceived as very good by everyone, and the Consortium is now aligning efforts for preparation of the 2nd VAP Call, that is intended to be open during the first trimester of 2020. The results for the 1st VAP Call will be announced in September 2019.

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INNOWWIDE at ENRICH Roadshow in Bulgaria

The RCISD team organized on June 3rd to 5th an ENRICH roadshow in Bulgaria (ENRICH in Brazil Infoday + ENRICH in the USA training), with the support of the Institute for Technology Transfer and Innovations (ITTI), the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Plovdiv Chamber of Commerce and Industry and with the collaboration of the IPR SME Helpdesk Latin America.
Between the two main sessions, Béla Kardon, from RCISD, delivered a presentation on the INNOWWIDE project, presenting the main current activities and giving a brief prospect about the upcoming 2nd Call that will be open around September 2019.

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INNOWWIDE CALL I: Nearly 400 applications from innovative SMEs in 35 EU and associated states, targeting more than 50 third countries worldwide.

07 June 2019 – 378 applicants from 35 EU and associated countries applied for funding under the first INNOWWIDE call, which closed last Friday 31 May.

The most popular overall target country for viability assessment projects was the USA with 22% of applicants, followed by India, China, Brazil, Mexico, Chile, Japan, Colombia, Canada and Russia.

54 target countries figured in this first call, with a widespread and balanced distribution between the three categories: developing, large emerging  and developed.

All applications will now go through a strict eligibility check and independent evaluation, with the applications selected for funding being announced around the end of September 2019. More information and updates will be regularly published in the INNOWWIDE project website (https://innowwide.eu). Stay tuned!

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ABOUT INNOWWIDE: This EU Horizon 2020 pilot programme is bringing innovative European SMEs to the forefront of international markets, providing financial support for viability assessments in cooperation with stakeholders outside of Europe. INNOWWIDE creates the conditions to increase uptake of European innovative solutions outside of Europe. The two INNOWWIDE calls have a combined budget of 7.2 million EUR, which translates into 120 viability assessments at 60 000 EUR each. INNOWWIDE targets markets in developing countries; large emerging economies (Brazil, Russia, India, China, Mexico) and developed countries.

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INNOWWIDE organized the 2nd Consortium Meeting in Porto

The INNOWWIDE project had its 2nd Consortium Meeting in Porto, Portugal, on April 2nd and 3rd 2019. The event was hosted by one of the project’s partners, SPI – Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovação (www.spieurope.eu), at their headquarters in Porto. All other partner organisations, from 8 different European countries, were represented in the meeting.

During the meeting, the consortium went through the different Work Packages (WP) and specific tasks that are currently being developed. The main discussion topic was the 1st Call for VAPs (viability assessment projects) that had just been launched (on April 1st) and that is currently open until May 31st.

Regarding this 1st VAP Call, the project partners aligned strategies for the dissemination and outreach, namely on the preparation of a number of activities to efficiently spread information about this opportunity to potential applicants. Another important issue also addressed was the need to support potential applicants during the application stage. This point was carefully discussed among the partners in order to provide the most adequate responses, so those VAP applicants can have the needed support when it comes to the application process and all the call related details.

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1st VAP Call is Open!

The INNOWWIDE 1st Call for applications for the VAPs – Viability Assessment Projects – just opened on April 1st.

You are able to submit your application until May 31st in the following portal: https://innowwide.smartsimple.ie/s_Login.jsp

The viability assessment projects will last for six months and the project must have eligible costs of at least €86,000, to be funded at up to 70% (a fixed lump sum grant of €60,000).

This call for VAPs aims to enhance the evidence base for EU R&I policy through in-depth analyses of the outcomes, experiences and impacts of a critical number of viability assessment projects of innovative solutions for markets outside Europe.

If you want to know more about the process before applying, you can refer to the VAP Call Guidelines, here: https://innowwide.eu/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/INNOWWIDE-Call-1-Implementing-Guidelines.pdf