Technology development call open to Brazilian companies of all sizes to partner with European organisations - IraSME

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IraSME is a network of funding programmes from different countries / regions that share the same goal: Supporting small businesses in their innovation efforts. The idea is to fund international projects on a national / regional level with as little extra effort as possible.

The 27th IraSME call for proposals for transnational R&D projects has opened in November 2020. The call is organised and funded by national and regional ministries and agencies participating in the IraSME network through their respective funding programmes.

Countries / Regions Participating in the 27th call:

  • Alberta (Canada)
  • Austria
  • Brazil
  • Flanders (Belgium)
  • Germany
  • Luxembourg
  • Russia
  • Turkey
  • Wallonia (Belgium)

IraSME is not a funding programme, you do not apply for IraSME funding. The Russian partners apply for a FASIE grant, the Austrian partners for COIN, the German partners in ZIM, Brazilian partners in Embrapii, and so on. IraSME is only the roof to make sure you apply with the same project on both sides.

The decision if you get a grant or not will always be based on your national applications. So that should be your first concern. When all partners have their national applications finished it is at most a half day work to sum up and translate for the short common IraSME proposal form.

Brazilian National Programme Portrait

Aim of Programme

  • Promote the technological development of new products, processes or business solutions between Brazilian and foreign enterprises
  • Provide an innovation-driven business environment
  • Strengthen cooperation between companies and technology research institutions in Brazil and abroad
  • Select joint projects presented by companies of all sizes and start-ups from both Brazil and the foreign country, aiming at engaging in science-based innovation cooperation between Brazilian and foreign companies. The selected projects shall result in an added value, which could not be achieved in one of the countries alone.
  • Promote exchange of knowledge and expertise, establishment of lasting partnerships, and increase market expansion opportunities

Funding Conditions

  • Financing of a project must follow the EMBRAPII funding model.
  • According to this model, EMBRAPII finances up to 1/3 of Brazilian project costs with non-reimbursable funding.
  • The Brazilian industrial partner must financially contribute, in cash, with at least 1/3 of the project costs;
  • The EMBRAPII Unit may add in-kind contributions.
  • Start-up companies or SMEs may take advantage of a SEBRAE grant (Brazilian Micro and Small Business Support Service, sebrae.com.br) within a cooperation program between EMBRAPII and SEBRAE.


  • The Brazilian part of the project must address an industrial demand and involve one or more industrial partners.
  • The Brazilian part of the project must be developed/managed by an EMBRAPII unit.
  • Brazilian and international companies of all sizes, including startups, operating in Brazil.

More information here

Deadline: 31 March 2021.