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INNOWWIDE Experts Information Session – 2nd VAP Call

On 18 May 2020, INNOWWIDE hosted an “Experts Information Session”, in webinar format, to share details about the evaluation process for the 2nd VAP Call with the Experts that will be responsible for analyzing the submitted applications.

The session was recorded and is now available to be watched on INNOWWIDE’s YouTube channel, divided in 3 different parts:

The questions collected during the Q&A session were replied in written form and can be found in this document, along with additional relevant information (this document can also be found on the Experts section of the INNOWWIDE website, under “Documents” with the title “Q&A INNOWWIDE Experts Webinar”).

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INNOWWIDE CALL II: Nearly 600 applications from innovative SMEs in 36 EU and associated states, targeting more than 60 third countries worldwide

The second INNOWWIDE VAP Call was closed on April 7th with a total of 597 applications from 36 EU and associated countries. The submitted VAPs targeted a total of 61 different target markets.

The most popular overall third country for viability assessment projects was the USA with 19% of applicants, followed by India, China, Brazil, Mexico, Russia, Canada, Colombia, Chile and Japan, comprising the top 10 targeted markets.

61 target countries figured in the second call, which represented an increase in variety of more than 11% in comparison to the first call. The target countries had 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 June 2020.

This second, and last, call of the INNOWWIDE project has received great interest and attention, which came to be reflected on the impressive amount of applications received, near 600. In this way, it is evident that there is a clear need and demand in Europe for such an instrument for innovative SMEs to pursue their path on internationalization and that taking their endeavours abroad is clearly viewed by European SMEs as a strategic driver. Time has come to vouch for a reinforced mechanism as a follow up of the INNOWWIDE pilot phase.

More information and updates will be regularly published in the INNOWWIDE project website (https://innowwide.eu). Stay tuned!

To keep up to date on INNOWWIDE and be the first to know the latest news, subscribe to the INNOWWIDE newsletter at innowwide.eu/contact/

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“Nanocoloring in times of Coronavirus” by BIP-CO – a project granted by INNOWWIDE

Applied Nanoparticles SL (spin off of the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology -ICN2-, the Autonomous University of Barcelona -UAB- and the Catalan Institute of Research and Advanced Studies -ICREA-) and the Nanoscale Science and Technology Center –nanoCiTec– are developing the project “BIP-CO: Launching BioGAS + iron nanoparticles additive for biogas output optimization in Colombia“, which has received funding from the Research and Innovation Program Horizon 2020 of the European Union, through the INNOWWIDE project.

Confronted with the health emergency caused by COVID-19, and within the framework of the European Project “BIP-CO”, winner of a grant from the 1st INNOWWIDE VAP Call, Applied Nanoparticles SL and the Nanoscale Science and Technology Center –nanoCiTec- have developed materials to entertain, inform and educate the youngest and their families, at the intersection of the viral pandemic and the world of nanotechnology. An action to contribute to the collective effort against the pandemic and make #StayHome more bearable.

In the first Notebook, they try to answer questions and concerns about the Coronavirus, its symptoms and how to avoid them through a story created by the child psychologist Manuela Molina Cruz. The Notebook also aims to entertain them through a set of sheets for nanocoloring, painting and scribbling made up of images of inorganic nanoparticles extracted by Dr. Víctor Puntes (researcher at the Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia -ICN2-, the Vall d’Hebron Institute of Research –VHIR- and the Institut Català de Recerca i Estudis Avançats -ICREA-) when observing with an electron microscope.

In the second Notebook, they present an introduction to Nanotechnology with different materials created by Dr. Edgar E. González (IP nanoCiTec and professor at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana). The objective is to entertain through a set of sheets for nanocoloring, painting and scribbling made up of images of inorganic nanoparticles extracted by Dr. Víctor Puntes (researcher at the Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia -ICN2-, the Vall d’Hebron Institute of Research –VHIR- and the Institut Català de Recerca i Estudis Avançats -ICREA-) when observing with an electron microscope.

The Notebooks can be freely downloaded at: https://www.nanocitec.org/nanocolorea/

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INNOWWIDE Call 2: Deadline extended!

The INNOWWIDE team is aware of the shifted priorities for many European SMEs due to the the COVID-19 emergency.

Therefore, we have decided to extend the deadline of the currently open 2nd VAP Call in order to help applicants better prepare during this challenging period:

The INNOWWIDE 2nd Call for applications for Viability Assessment Projects (VAPs) is closing on April 7th at 20:00 GMT.

Don’t forget we are here to help you in this final rush! Please contacts us at info@innowwide.eu, in case you have any inquires.

Note: all the references to the previous deadline (March 31st) are still being updated throughout the website.

Stay Safe!
INNOWWIDE Team

2nd call launch

2nd VAP Call is Open!

The INNOWWIDE 2nd Call for applications for the VAPs – Viability Assessment Projects – just opened on January 15th.

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

The budget available for the 2nd Call is €4.2M (to be divided approximately one third per target country group).

Each approved VAP will receive a fixed grant amount of €60,000, representing a maximum of 70% of total eligible costs (staff, consumables, equipment, subcontracting, others) which must be a minimum of €86,000.

If you are an innovative SME with the ambition to develop a new and innovative product-market combination (or process or service) with a strategic counterpart outside Europe; or if you need to first check the technical, commercial, legal and socio-economic feasibility of your innovative idea, the VAP instrument supported by the INNOWWIDE CSA can be the solution!

If you want to know more about the process before applying, you can refer to the “VAP Application and Guidelines” page on the INNOWWIDE website, here: https://innowwide.eu/guidelines/

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‘Get Ready for Japan’ Mission by the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation

The EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation is organising a 2-week mission to Japan to get an in-depth understanding of how to do business in the country. It offers EU managers the unique opportunity to experience and understand both the cultural and economic elements which define and explain Japan’s business and technological achievements. Continuously improved to meet the latest expectations about business in Japan, the Get Ready for Japan provides EU businessmen with a professional Japan-related expertise.

The purpose of the mission in Japan is:

– to acquire a broad understanding of the Japanese business environment, business practices and Japanese-style personal communications in order to find ways to do successful business through a partner relationship;
– to become aware of the decision-making process inside Japanese companies and therefore gain a better understanding of their negotiation style and hierarchy;
– to give the opportunity to reinforce relationships with current Japanese customers and facilitate contacts with future ones.

The participants in this programme can be Start-Up’s or SME’s that are already working or intend to develop their business relations with Japan. The eligibility criteria and the selection process can be analysed on the mission’s website page.

All information is available here: https://www.eu-japan.eu/events/get-ready-for-japan-training-programme

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INNOWWIDE presented at MedaWeek Barcelona

CTA (INNOWWIDE project partner), represent by their Communication Officer Marisol Castro, participated on November 20th 2019 in the New Africa Business Development Forum framed in the International Congress MedaWeek Barcelona 2019, to present the INNOWWIDE second call for projects, that will be launched in the beginning of 2020.

The congress has taken place at the Casa Llotja de Mar in Barcelona and has been organised by the Association of the Mediterranean Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ASCAME).

The INNOWWIDE project will open a new call for Viability Assesment Projects (VAPs) in the first quarter of next year, aimed at European SMEs interested in developing new  and innovative business based on technological cooperation in markets outside the European Union (EU). The second call has a budget of 4.2 million euros and will finance 70 innovative SMEs, with a flat-rate aid of 60,000 euros per VAP.

The MedaWeek Barcelona (Mediterranean Week of Economic Leaders) is nowadays an iconic conference dedicated to promoting the Mediterranean region worldwide. This event endorsed the key economic sectors and the cultural values of the region through a wide variety of forums.

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INNOWWIDE CALL 1: The 50 winners of the 1st Call for VAPs have been selected for a total of €3m in EU funding

50 Viability Assessment Projects (VAPs) have been selected for funding in INNOWWIDE’s 1st Call for VAPs, from a total of 379 applications.

Each six-month project will receive €60,000 in funding for innovative collaborations between SMEs from EU and associated countries alongside local partners in target countries.

The target country with highest number of grants awarded was the USA, with 13 of the 50 funded VAPs. Besides the USA, awards were spread among 21 countries worldwide, from every continent. The home country with the highest number of granted VAPs was Spain, a total of 20 project applicants.

Regarding the target countries’ categories, there was a balanced distribution between developed countries and developing countries, with 19 projects awarded to each category. The remaining 12 projects will take place in the group of emerging economies.

The majority of the projects that succeeded were focused on developing technologies in the area of electronics, IT and telecoms. In relation to market sectors, Energy, Agriculture and Environment will see the most VAPs from this call.

A list with the granted projects from the 1st VAP Call will soon be shared in the project website for consultation.

The 2nd INNOWWIDE call will aim to fund 70 projects, with a total of €4.2m in EU funding. To keep up to date on the opening of the next call (early 2020), subscribe to the INNOWWIDE newsletter at innowwide.eu/contact/

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.