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Innovation Express is designed as a quick response to the economic recovery after Covid-19 offering SMEs the possibility to widen their markets and develop new products and services with partners in Europe. This first call of Innovation Express 2021 represents a common approach for supporting SMEs at international matchmaking and joint projects in the fields of “Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare Applications” and “Digital solutions in sustainable industry”. The funding instrument aims at facilitating internationalisation, development of innovative solutions in two given scopes for projects by developing transnational linkages among SME, research institutions and other business organizations.
Innovation Express 2021 is a joint call for proposals implemented within the framework of the four macro-regions of the European Union initiated by the EUSBSR Policy Area “Education, Science and Social affairs” and the EUSDR Priority Area “SME competitiveness”. The call is funded by existing national/regional funding progammes and managed by participating funding agencies to initiate, develop or enhance transnational exchange activities among applicants and their project proposals to be funded. The participating regions are Salzburg (AT), Brandenburg (D), Baden-Württemberg (D) and Canton Fribourg (CH).
The call is open from 17th May – 16th July 2021.
On 31st May 2021 a one day virtual event will introduce the “Innovation Express 2021” call for proposals and present the two thematic fields of the call, following by a virtual matchmaking event allowing participants to create partnerships through scheduled one-to-one meetings that will lead to project proposals for the call “Innovation Express 2021”. Participants will have the possibility to arrange meetings for 2 month after the matchmaking event, until 16th July 2021.
Further information about the call as well as the event is available here.