INNOWWIDE Newsletter #1 - April 2019 

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European SMEs go international with INNOWWIDE

Dear readers,

we are delighted to welcome you to the first issue of INNOWWIDE project's newsletter.

We'll be in touch every 2 months to provide you with latest updates on our calls for VAPs (Viability Assessment Projects), a brand-new funding mechanism which intends to bring European highly innovative SMEs to the forefront of international markets. 

This issue focusses on the 1st INNOWWIDE call for VAPs: discover the call details, INNOWWIDE support services for applicants, our upcoming info sessions and webinars, our call for experts, and our partners  who can help you connecting with the right local stakeholders around the world.

Don't forget to check our website to get all details about the call, discover the upcoming events and benefit from our helpdesk and matchmaking services, 

Enjoy reading and share your comments with us on Facebook and Twitter, @INNOWWIDE


INNOWWIDE 1st Call for VAPs is open - APPLY TODAY!

The INNOWWIDE 1st Call for applications for the VAPs – Viability Assessment Projects – opened on April 1st.

INNOWWIDE intends to bring European highly innovative SMEs to the forefront of international markets by opening two calls that will allow them to conduct Viability Assessment Projects (VAPs) in cooperation with local stakeholders.
Two calls will be implemented with a total budget of 7,2M€, allowing to fund 120 VAPs (60k€/VAP), and targeting markets of developing countries, large emerging economies (Brazil, Russia, India, China, Mexico) and developed countries with the same allocation for each of these three country categories.
The 1st call is now open for applications till May 31st, 2019. 
Read more 

INNOWWIDE VAP Application Process and Guidelines

1. Check out all details of INNOWWIDE call for VAPs: who can apply, how to apply, calendar (see below), funding conditions, supporting documents (call text and call guidelines).
2. Everything clear? Apply online!
 Read more 

INNOWWIDE support services to potential applicants

INNOWWIDE HELPDESK: Don't hesitate to contact us for any information or clarifications you might need about INNOWWIDE programme and our open call for VAPs.
INNOWWIDE GUIDELINES: Check out VAP Call Text, VAP Call Guidelines and FAQs in the document repository of INNOWWIDE website.
INNOWWIDE MATCHMAKING TOOL: If you are looking for a local stakeholder in your target market outside Europe, INNOWWIDE can help you finding the right match by activating its wide network of contacts and partners around the world. Fill in the online form and you will get a few recommendations on potential partners in the targeted country.
INNOWWIDE RESOURCES: Check out this area of INNOWWIDE website to access relevant resources (experts' presentations, factsheets, webinar recordings, FAQs) that can help you better shape your VAP proposals.


What is a VAP?

Viability Assessment Projects (VAPs) are a comprehensive, balanced and coherent set of preliminary technical, market, legal and socioeconomic assessments intended to validate the viability of international, innovative businesses solutions along emerging global value chains.
They should identify and assess key framework conditions that may favour or block the effective deployment of collaborative solutions and models in target third countries.

Each VAP should:
  • Feature a co-creation partnership with a local partner involved as subcontractor – e.g. a supplier, customer, consultant, legal advisor, research and development provider, collaborator or absorber - from the VAP focus country.
  • Include a wide variety of activities to explore the practical, technological and commercial viability of an innovative solution and how it needs to meet local conditions and demands. 
  • Be the first phase of a potential innovative cooperation project with an actor in that country in the short/medium term. 
  • Be carried out by a SME established in an EU Member State or a Horizon 2020 Associated Country, which subcontracts a local entity.
  • Have total eligible project costs of at least €86,000, to be funded at a maximum of 70%, with a fixed grant of €60,000 [50%+50%]
  • Last six months 

INNOWWIDE Call for Experts 

INNOWWIDE launched a call for experts to select the pool of evaluators that will assess applicants' VAPs

The functioning of INNOWWIDE is entirely dependent on the evaluations performed by our individual experts with relevant expertise in areas such as technology and innovation transfer, market research, internationalization and accessing new markets. Experts use their skills and knowledge within their field of expertise to provide objective assessments. They ensure that only the best ideas have the opportunity to receive public funding.
Check out experts' eligibility criteria and conditions. Apply today, BECOME AN EXPERT!  Read more 


INNOWWIDE News and Events 

INNOWWIDE Infosessions and Webinars
23 April 2019 > " Introducción a InnoWwide" - register now (webinar)
25 April 2019 > "Jornada: Ayudas para la internacionalización de pymes innovadoras - Convocatoria INNOWWIDE" - register now (infosession)
08 May 2019 >  "#opentotheworld - INNOWWIDE Granting scheme for European SMEs " - register now (webinar) 
15 May 2019 >  "SME Opportunities for Global Markets - INNOWWIDE Info session at Eureka Global Innovation Summit 2019" - register now (infosession)

Don't miss our webinars and infosessions: check our events page!

INNOWWIDE Webinar Recordings
If you missed our webinar "INNOWWIDE Calls for Viability Assessment Projects (VAPs)" held on April 9th, 2019 you can now access the webinar recordings and the experts' presentation on our website. The webinar presented the first INNOWWIDE call for VAPs and answered most frequently asked questions about applicants' eligibility criteria, eligible costs and activities.

INNOWWIDE Frequently Asked Questions are available online
Have a look to the updated FAQ document, now available online! It provides applicants with a set clarifications and information that can help applicants developing their proposals. This document will be updated with new questions and answers on a regular basis. Download INNOWWIDE FAQ document.

INNOWWIDE 2nd Consortium Meeting in Porto
The INNOWWIDE project had its 2nd Consortium Meeting in Porto, Portugal, on April 2nd and 3rd 2019. 
During the meeting, the consortium went through the different Work Packages (WP) and specific tasks that are currently being developed. The main discussion topic was the 1st Call for VAPs (viability assessment projects) that had just been launched (on April 1st) and that is currently open until May 31st.
Discover what happened there! Read more


INNOWWIDE project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme, under the Grant Agreement number 822273. This publication reflects only the author’s view and the Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains.

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