Horizon 2020 and CAESIE
Horizon 2020, is a flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe's global competitiveness. Running from 2014 to 2020 with a budget of just over €70 billion, the EU’s new programme for research and innovation is part of the drive to create new growth and jobs in Europe.
The relevance of this program to CAESIE SME-Researcher partnerships will become clear after its final launch on December 11th 2013. We will provide information as it becomes available through this section of the website.
What is CAESIE?
CAESIE is a bilateral partnership initiative programme between the European Union and Australia. It is specifically targeted to establish science and technology collaboration and partnership between small to medium enterprises (SMEs) businesses and researchers (in Europe and Australia).
CAESIE has three broad core priority areas:
- Clean energy
- Healthy ageing through enabling technologies
- Sustainable cities
CAESIE specifically provides the following support to eligible participants:
Funded support can be provided to allow initial contacts to link Researchers with SMEs for eligible projects through a Priming Grants program. To be eligible the Researcher (or group) and an SME should have identified a possible collaborative relationship.
The Priming grant is in two stages: Stage one to support initial meetings and discussions between Researcher/SMEs (e.g. travel and meetings focussed on forming a relationship) and Stage two Priming Grants to formalise partnerships (e.g. further travel or legal fees etc) and/or assist with applying for major R&D funds (Australia-Europe). See this figure which illustrates the process
CAESIE funding only supports the following:
- SMEs from Europe seeking to partner with Researchers from Australia
- SMEs from Australia looking to partner with Researchers in Europe
- Researchers in Europe seeking to partner with SMEs in Australia
- Researchers in Australia seeking to partner with SMEs in Europe
We do not support Researcher-Researcher or SME-SME collaborations between the AU-EU or EU-AU.
Stage 1 Priming grants for 2013 are now CLOSED.
You can still submit an EOI from the link at the bottom of this page for consideration for future funding calls which may be made in 2014.
To get started we suggest you follow the 3 step process below: (1) Check out the Value Proposition; (2) Test your eligibility to apply; (3) If eligible, complete and submit an expression of interest. We will then follow up with you.
1. Value Proposition
CAESIE will facilitate opportunities to link European and Australian researchers and small to medium enterprises (SMEs) in research and innovation. Check out the Value Proposition of getting involved.
2. Test Eligibility
We have developed a small 3 minute test to allow prospective applicants to determine whether they are eligible to apply for CAESIE Priming Grants to support collaboration between the EU and Australia. Click the link below to see if you are eligible.
3. Expression of Interest
If you have been deemed eligible in the previous step, fill out the form via the link below and submit an Expression of Interest. If required we will try to match you with the researcher or technologies in which you are interested.
Not eligible to apply for a Priming Grant? Stay in touch by registering your interests here