Open Calls for Business

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Open Calls


Open Call for an experiment: validation of biosensors for the characterization of extra virgin olive oil/ olive tree/ olive seeds

In the scope of the NANOEATERS, INL has developed a molecular method (based on a DNA assay) as an authenticity verification tool with the purpose of detecting fraudulent actions in the market of olive seeds or oils.

Following the project, INL is looking for an SME placed in North Portugal (NANOEATERS Portuguese territory) to validate this molecular authenticity method in a real environment (olive seeds/oils market) and designing a specific business model for it.
INL will transfer the technology and provide the technical support needed for the method validation; the NANOEATERS consortium will provide mentoring services concerning the business model.

The SME selection will be done by INL and communicated to all participants in one week after the submission period. The selected SME must sign an agreement with INL concerning this service, which has to be executed in 16 weeks maximum and by a price not higher than €19K.

NANOEATERS project is co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) under the Cooperation Programme Interreg V-A Spain-Portugal (POCTEP) 2014-2020, with reference no. 0181_NANOEATERS_1_E.

About the Open Call:

Start date: 15 February 2021
Close date: 15 March 2021, 17:00 CET
Expected duration of the project: up to 16 weeks
Maximum price: €19.000

Applications are now available here

Regulation available here.

INL Incubation Program

INL provides a business acceleration program and incubation services for nanotech-based startups with global ambitions.

Service features:

  • Strong Emphasis on market needs, product and worldwide market fit;
  • Program (up to 10 start-ups) allowing for very personalized services;
  • Provides access to over 30M€ million worth of equipment;
  • Provides access to an international network of mentors (business, financial, legal and communication areas);

The Incubation at INL is oriented to high tech start-up projects incorporating nanotechnology concepts and research activities. The aim is to create optimal conditions for the development of innovative companies based on nanotechnology.

All potential entrepreneurs and early stage companies (up to 3 years) are encouraged to contact INL to evaluate their business idea and get assistance in the development of their proof of concept or prototype.

Apply here.

KET4Clean Production

>> OPEN CALLS for SMEs <<

KET4CleanProduction is the new program tailored to support Manufacturing SMEs to tackle clean production challenges.

The program’s Micro Grants aim to integrate Key Enabling Technologies in small businesses to promote the efficient use of resources, minimise environmental impact and increase business profitability and competitiveness.

Selected SMEs will have access to technology services and facilities for clean production innovation through a premier Network of Technology Centres.

About the Micro Grants:

Scope: Micro Grants are offered for cross-border cooperation projects between small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and minimum 2 KET technology centres (KET TCs), which aim to integrate key enabling technologies (KET) to solve clean production challenges.

Call Opening: 1st June 2018

Call Closing: 29th April 2020, 17:00 CET

Cut-off dates: 8 cut-off days at 17:00 CET on 31st July 2018, 31st October 2018, 31st January 2019, 30th April 2019, 31st July 2019, 31st October 2019, 31st January 2020, 30th April 2020

Expected Duration of a micro grant project: up to 6 months

Maximum amount of financial support for each third party: EUR 50.000 (provided as lump sum). A micro grant covers 70% of the total project costs. The remaining 30% have to be provided by the applicant SME.

Applications are now available at https://www.ket4sme.eu/micro-grants

KET4CleanProduction is funded under European Union’s Horizon 2020 Coordination and Support Action No 777441. Steinbeis 2i GmbH leads the project in partnership with 12 premier KET Technology Centres and 7 partners of the Enterprise Europe Network from 18 different European countries.