The Initial SME Application form needs to be filled out by all SMEs who are interested in applying to the Collaborate to Innovate Programme. Applications will open on September 28, 2016 and will close on October 21, 2016.
The application will help us assess your eligibility to apply for this scheme. It will also help us find out some more about your innovation challenge, and determine whether you need to undergo matchmaking. We will not ask for this information again if and when you send in your final application (due on January 15, 2017).
Eligibility factors include the following:
- The company conforms to the EU Definition of an SME, found here: http://ec.europa.eu/growth/smes/business-friendly-environment/sme-definition_en.
- The benefits offered as part of this scheme classify as assistance under the European Commission’s De Minimis Regulation (https://www.gov.uk/guidance/state-aid). This allows a company to receive up to 200,000 euros worth of government assistance over any three-year fiscal period. The SME must have not received state aid over the current and last two fiscal years that would exceed the maximum allowance.
Initial SME Application Form Access – September 28, 2016 to October 21, 2016
Applications need to be filled online on the link below, but please click here to see a PDF of the application form. Do not attempt to fill out the PDF, as we require applicants to fill the online form directly. Please note that you cannot save your answers and return to the form again, so it be useful to have your answers prepared by referring to the PDF.
Link to Online Form:
Once your eligibility is confirmed by the C2N team and you are paired up with an academic partner, we will give you access to the final application form which you have to fill out in conjunction with the academic partner.
Important to note:
- University spinouts cannot collaborate with the universities they spun out from.
- Companies cannot collaborate with a department that they have collaborated with before. Please note that this applies even if the proposed collaboration is with a different academic in the department.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any problems with this application.