Call: EIC Fast Track to Innovation (FTI)

23/04/2020. Projects that also help to prevent or combat epidemics such as Covid19 are particularly welcome.

Fast Track to Innovation finances «Bottom-Up» projects whose innovation activities are close to the market, regardless of their technological area and/or application. It is a financing tool designed to promote interdisciplinary cooperation between companies from different sectors and countries. The objectives of this initiative are to stimulate the participation of new companies in European public funding programmes and to increase private sector investment in R&D&I.

Proposals for funding must be submitted as a consortium including between three and five legal entities established in at least three EU member countries or associated countries. In each consortium at least 60% of the budget must be allocated to industry participants, or the consortium must include at least two industry participants who are in a consortium with three or four partners. Another option is to have three industry participants in a consortium with five partners.

This is a call open to any area, sector or theme with pillars of industrial leadership and social challenges (industries, universities, research centres, industrial associations, incubators, public sector) whose projects can be interdisciplinary and preferably oriented towards generating an impact on sustainability, climate change or any of the transversal objectives of Horizon 2020.

BUDGET: The maximum budget amounts to 3 million euros per proposal (funding rate of 70% for for-profit entities and 100% for non-profit entities).

DEADLINE: The deadline for submitting projects is 5 p.m. on 9 June 2020. (Brussels).

Contact: Adrian Noheda:

Calls for R+D+I projects (EUREKA)

 21.04.2020. EUREKA facilitates access to finance for companies involved in its projects; and promotes and supports the generation of market-oriented international R&D&I projects.

In this sense, the accelerator/incubator Firefighting Opan Innovation Lab – CILIFO reports that there are several calls for projects open:


Call for joint R&D&I projects between France and Spain

Bpifrance (French Bank for Public Investment) from France and CDTI, EPE from Spain announce this call for proposals for joint R&D projects, focusing on the development of innovative products and applications in all technological and market areas. Applicants are expected to develop solutions or ready-to-market projects that have a strong market potential for France and Spain.
Call for joint R&D&I projects between France and Spain

  • Deadline for international applications: 10 – June -2020
  • Eligibility feedback to applicants: 17 – June -2020
  • EUREKA Label (estimated): November -2020

Although this call invites projects in ALL thematic areas or application domains, special attention is given to the following domains:

  • Transport (including automotive and aeronautics)
  • Agri-food technology
  • Energy
  • Environment

More information:


Joint call for projects from Argentina and Spain

The Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MINCyT) of Argentina, and the Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology, EPE (CDTI) of Spain, announce this call for proposals for joint R&D projects, focusing on the development of innovative products and applications in all technological and market areas. Applicants are expected to develop commercially-ready solutions or projects that have strong market potential for Argentina and Spain. This call invites projects in ALL thematic areas, reflecting the bottom-up approach of the Eureka Network projects.

  • Launch of the call: March 2020
  • Deadline for international applications: June 18, 2020
  • Eligibility comments for applicants: September 1, 2020
  • Eureka Label (estimated): February 2021

More information:

Canada and Spain call for projects:

The National Research Council’s Industrial Research Assistance Program of Canada (NRC IRAP) and the Centro para el Desarrollo Tecnológico Industrial, EPE (CDTI), national funding authorities for Canada and Spain respectively, announce this call for proposals for collaborative R&D research and development) with the objective of delivering innovative, near-market products, processes and services in any technological and market area for a civilian purpose.

  • Call for Proposals Opening – March 1, 2020
  • Registration (Canada) – May 1, 2020
  • Expression of Interest (Canada) – 8 May 2020
  • Deadline for Eureka applications – 1 June 2020
  • Evaluation results, project start – November-December 2020

Although this call invites proposals in ALL thematic areas or domains of application, special attention is given to the following areas:

  • Electronics, Information and Communication Technologies
  • Industrial manufacturing, machinery, materials and transport
  • Agro-food technologies
  • Biotechnologies, medical devices
  • Environment, energy, marine technologies

More information:

Multilateral call for solutions for the eco COVID-19 period: life without vaccination

This call for solutions for COVID-19’s Eco Period is addressed to organisations in the following countries (based on mutual consent between participating national funding bodies):

  • Austria (Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft – FFG)
  • Canada (National Research Council Industrial Research Assistance Program – NRC IRAP)
  • Denmark (Danish Innovation Fund – DFI)
  • France (Bpifrance)
  • The Netherlands (Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland – RVO)
  • Spain (Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology – CDTI)
  • Turkey (Türkiye Bilimsel ve Teknolojik Araştırma Kurumu – TÜBİTAK)

Important dates:

  • Opening of the call – 15 April 2020
  • Eureka application deadline – 15 May 2020
  • Eureka label and funding decision – 30 June 2020 (latest)
  • Signing of the Consortium Agreement – July 28, 2020 (most recent)
  • Project start – August 3, 2020 (latest)
  • Project duration: up to 12 months.

Participants are invited to submit proposals for research and innovation projects with the aim of providing short and medium-term responses to the specific needs of COVID-19

Adrian Noheda (

Covid-19 Financial Support Programme for Companies

This is a line of financing to guarantee the monetary risks incurred by SMEs and self-employed workers before financial institutions in the Autonomous Community of Andalusia.

Eligible expenditure: the guarantee operations which the SGR grants and formalises with the business owner, from 14 March to 31 October 2020.

Characteristics of the loan:

  • Average amount: 25,000
  • Term: Up to 5 years.
  • Grace period: up to 12 months.
  • Interest rate: Fixed, up to 2%.
  • Arrangement fee: Up to 0.50%.

Guarantee: 100% of the underlying transaction.

Guarantor: Sociedad de Avales y Garantías de Andalucía, S.G.R. (Guarantee)

Economic conditions of Guarantee: Single payment on formalization.
– Annual guarantee commission: Up to 1.25%.
– Study fee: Up to 0.50%.
– Linked capital: 2% (refundable).

Counter-guarantees: personal signatures of holders and partners.

Situation of the SME at 31/12/2019: businesses with tax benefits and generation of sufficient resources for the payment of their debt


  • SMEs
  • Self-employed

Eligible expenditure: Guarantee operations granted and formalised by the MGS guarantee with the business owner between 14 March and 31 October 2020.

Organisation: Consejería de Hacienda Industria y Energía

List of economic activities admitted, according to CANE-2009: click

Deadline: 31 October 2020

Contact: Adrian Noheda (