EU funding provided under the EUREKA 2019 call for projects
Government Office for Development and European Cohesion Policy, the Managing Authority for ERDF, ESF and Cohesion Fund, has issued a grant decision for a call for projects under the EUREKA initiative for 2019 which the Ministry of Economic Development and Technology published on 9 August 2019 in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia.
The Ministry of Economic Development and Technology aims to provide funding in the form of grant to at least ten projects focusing on at least one priority area of application identified in Slovenian Smart Specialisation Strategy (S4). The call further seeks to support Slovenia-based research performing SMEs, fosters their participation in the EUREKA network projects, and helps them keep track and stay on top of the latest EU trends in R&D and entrepreneurship.
The goal of the call is to co-finance national institutions implementing international collaborative R&D projects under the EUREKA programme and endorsed for funding either by the EUREKA High-Level Group (network projects) or proposed as strategic initiative, i.e. clusters. The ultimate goal of each project is to create or develop a new product, service or process for the project to be labelled as EUREKA project. The funding made available under the call for proposals amounts to EUR 4,629,753.35, with contribution in cohesion region Vzhodna Slovenija totalling EUR 2,823,146.85 and cohesion region Zahodna Slovenija EUR 1,806,606.50. Natural persons and legal entities carrying out a profit activity in compliance with the second paragraph of Article 3 of the Companies Act and meeting the eligibility criteria identified in the call for proposals may apply for funding. Eligible costs reimbursed to individual projects include the costs for research and experimental development, including labour costs and the costs incurred directly in relation to work on the project and attributable to the project, travel and subsistence costs, subcontract costs, the costs for capital assets, investment in intangible fixed assets and indirect costs. The maximum co-financing rate stands at 40% of all eligible costs for large enterprises and at 50% of all eligible costs for micro enterprises and SMEs. The amount of co-financing for the projects implemented in cohesion region Vzhodna Slovenija is not fixed, unlike in cohesion region Zahodna Slovenija where the maximum amount of co-financing stands at EUR 300,000 for a three-year project or at EUR 100,000 for a project lasting one year.
Application submission deadline: 16 December 2019.