Support for European research-driven SMEs to connect with Latin American markets - ENRICH in LAC Outreach Grants

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ENRICH in LAC launches the Call for Outreach Grants to support European research-driven SMEs to connect Latin American markets and explore possibilities of cooperation for scouting new technologies or bringing their technological solutions into the Latin American markets.

The purpose of this grant is to support new business partnerships between SMEs from European and selected Latin American countries by providing two types of travel grants:

Activity 1: Feasibility visits

These are travel grants for European research driven, innovative SMEs to support new business partnerships with the companies in the target countries through organized visits as initial step to meet and discuss different forms of partnerships, with the support of ENRICH in LAC.

The visit should fulfil one of the following steps in the technology transfer process:

  • Project collaboration targeting a specific international funding programme (TRL4 and above)
  • Marketing of a new technology (patent must be obtained before)
  • Licensing arrangements of a new technology in new markets
  • Commercialization activities of a new technology

Feasibility visits should be from business to business (B2B). Visits may also include meetings with relevant industrial research organizations such as centers of excellences, technoparks, clusters; as well as meetings with representatives from chambers, investment agencies, and/or relevant European structures present in the region. These additional meetings can be organized by ENRICH in LAC, if requested by the grantee.

Activity 2: Small-scale support measures for enabling participation in important fairs and conferences

The purpose of this scheme is to increase visibility of the innovative SMEs and Startups in the Latin American and European markets by supporting their participation in fairs. All major international events under the ENRICH in LAC priority themes taking place in Europe and in the target countries in Latin America fall under this category. Criteria for selecting events:

  • Must be international, allowing interactions with different Latin American or European countries and regions;
  • Must focus on business to business or research to market; academic events are out of the scope of this support measure.
  • Event participants must be mainly companies, especially SMEs
  • The event topic must be relevant to one of the following areas: bio-economy, digital transformation, renewable energy, health, and sustainable urbanization (including smart cities)

Who can apply?

Innovative SMEs from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Uruguay and Europe, Startups are also eligible!

There will be two cut-off dates for application submission:

  • 15 July 2022 at 17:00 (CET)
  • 18 Nov. 2022 at 17:00 (CET)

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions with regard to the Outreach Grants Call:

• Berna Windischbaur/Call Coordinator: berna.windischbaur@ffg.at

• Katrin Singer/ Project Coordinator: katrin.singer@ipk.fraunhofer.de

more information here


ENRICH in LAC is a European Commission-funded initiative (2021-2023) and the successor of ENRICH in Brazil project (2017-2020). It aims to encourage and promote innovation cooperation between Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe, fostering the innovation capacities in both regions and supporting their international cooperation capabilities, especially in the fields of global societal challenges.