The Research and Innovation Foundation (RIF) announces the Call for Proposals for the «Development of Internationally Competitive Innovative Products and Services by STARTUPs (SEED)» Programme within the framework of the «RESTART 2016-2020» Programmes for Research, Technological Development and Innovation (RTDI) and invites potential beneficiaries to submit relevant Project Proposals (Proposals).
The present Call will be financed by the Recovery and Resilience Facility of the NextGenerationEU instrument, in the frame of the action C3.212 «Innovation Funding Programmes and Funding Schemes for the Enhancement of Growth and Competitiveness of startups, innovative companies and SMEs» of the Cyprus Recovery and Resilience Plan. The Action is implemented under Policy Axis 3: «Strengthening the Resilience and Competitiveness of the Economy», and specifically the Component 3.2 «Enhanced Research and Innovation».
GENERAL CALL INFORMATION
|Pillar||ΙΙ. SUSTAINABLE RTDI SYSTEM|
|Programme||Development of Internationally Competitive Innovative Products and Services by STARTUPs|
|Funding Source||EU Recovery and Resilience Facility|
|Call Budget||6.000.000 Euro|
|Maximun Funding Per Project||500.000 Euro|
|Publication Date||14 December 2021|
18 February 2022, time 13.00
The English version of the Call, even though an official translation endorsed by the Research and Innovation Foundation, is provided for information purposes only. Only the Greek version of the Call is legally binding and shall prevail in case of any divergence in interpretation.
The objective of the «Development of Internationally Competitive Innovative Products and Services by STARTUPs (SEED)» Programme is to support the rapid development of dynamic and innovative STARTUPs which intend to develop internationally competitive products or services, as well as to mobilize private investment funds for this purpose.
RESTART 2016-2020 WORK PROGRAMME
All general rules and procedures for the participation of organisations and individuals, the eligible activities and costs, as well as the specific information regarding the Programme «Development of Internationally Competitive Innovative Products and Services by STARTUPs (SEED)», as well as the other RESTART 2016-2020 Programmes, are included in the RESTART 2016-2020 Work Programme, which is the main reference document and an important information source for interested parties and can be found on the Research and Innovation Foundation’s IRIS (Innovation Research Information System) Portal (https://iris.research.org.cy/#/documentlibrary).
SPECIFIC CONDITIONS for this call are detailed in the attached Call for Proposals document.
Proposals are submitted through the Research and Innovation Foundation’s IRIS Portal (https://iris.research.org.cy).
The Project Coordinator and all local participating organisations in the Project Consortium, should register in advance on the IRIS Portal.
Potential applicants are advised to use the «Guide for Applicants», which contains guidelines and clarifications regarding the Submission procedure and the «IRIS Portal User Manual» which can be found on the IRIS Portal (https://iris.research.org.cy/#/documentlibrary).
The Research and Innovation Foundation encourages in all its Calls for Proposals:
- the participation of women as Project Coordinators, and
- the gender-balanced formation of projects.
The Project Proposal consists of the following parts:
1. Part A – General Information & Budget (electronic form (fields) to be completed online through the IRIS Portal).
2. Part B – Technical Annex (document to be uploaded as an Annex on the IRIS Portal in PDF format).
3. Annex I – Curricula Vitae (document to be uploaded as an Annex on the IRIS Portal in PDF format and includes the CVs of the Coordinator and the key personnel of the project team – Mandatory Submission).
The evaluation procedure of the «Development of Internationally Competitive Innovative Products and Services by STARTUPs (SEED)» Programme consists of the Preliminary Check, as it is described in the RESTART 2016-2020 Work Programme, and then the Evaluation Stage I and Stage II will follow, as these are described in «Section II – Programmes», Programme «Development of Internationally Competitive Innovative Products and Services by STARTUPs (SEED)» of the RESTART 2016-2020 Work Programme.
The Evaluation Committee is expected to meet in the period between June-July 2022.
Prior to the evaluation of each Proposal, according to the evaluation criteria, the evaluators will check the compatibility of the Proposal with the Program's objectives and the provisions of the Call for Proposals. If the Proposal is inconsistent with the objectives of the Program, the Evaluator rejects the Proposal and does not proceed with the examination of the evaluation criteria.
1. Excellence - Weight 30%
2. Added Value and Benefit - Weight 35%
3. Implementation - Weight 35%
Proposals that have been deemed eligible for funding following the evaluation procedure, will be selected for funding. It is noted that, the total funding of approved projects, will not exceed the total Call budget.