Please find here a complete step-by-step explanation of how to optimise the submission of your project proposal for CELTIC.
STEP 1 - USE THE BROKERAGE TOOL
USE THE BROKERAGE TOOL TO SUPPORT YOUR PROJECT IDEA
Use the Brokerage Tool
In order to support you in preparing your project proposal for CELTIC-NEXT Calls, we have created an online Brokerage Tool. Its goal is to help you build your Consortium for your CELTIC Project.
The Following functionalities are available:
- Submission form for Project Ideas and Expertise Offers
- Overview lists with search form
- Contact request forms
- Process owner support functions: approval process and contact request tracking
To access these tools, visit the links below:
STEP 2 - ATTEND TO THE CALL EVENTS
JOIN AND PARTICIPATE IN THE CALL EVENTS
Attend the Events
CELTIC-NEXT organises several events open to the public, which interested parties can attend to learn more about CELTIC-NEXT. We have typically one large CELTIC-NEXT Event per year, including an exhibition where running projects show their results.
In addition, we are running several Launch Call Events and Proposers Days every year where interested parties can discuss their project ideas and potential project proposals with other interested experts and with representatives from the Public Authorities. Please watch out for upcoming CELTIC-NEXT Events.
STEP 3 - CONTACT YOUR PUBLIC AUTHORITIES
CONTACT YOUR NATIONAL FUNDING AGENCY ASAP
Projects can receive public funding, depending on the national funding rules.
- To speed up the funding decision process, each project participant should contact their national funding agency early in the process and follow their advice regarding national funding applications in parallel to the proposal submission.
You may submit a short proposal abstract (including a short project outline, and intended consortium partners/countries) until one month before the deadline for a first check to the CELTIC Office.
Contact your Public Authorities
STEP 4 - CHECK YOUR ELIGIBILITY
CHECK THAT YOU ARE VALIDATING ALL ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA
Project proposals for CELTIC-NEXT Calls must meet the following criteria:
- The consortium should include at least two companies from different Eureka participating countries. The participation of research institutes/universities is welcome according to each country’s funding regulations.
- The consortium should include at least one industrial partner from each of the countries represented in a project. ‘Industrial partner’ refers to companies of all sizes (from SMEs to large companies).
- The project partners must express their willingness to cooperate, on a win-win/fair basis in the development of a new product, industrial process, industry-standard or service.
- The product, process or service must be innovative and there must be a technological risk involved.
- The project should benefit all involved partners in a well-balanced consortium.
- The project should generate an obvious advantage and added value resulting from the technological cooperation between the participants (new technologies, standardisation, prototyping, field trials, new or improved products, increased knowledge, access to R&D infrastructure etc.).
- Economic and societal benefits to be obtained (where relevant) must be highlighted in the project proposal.
- A project consortium or cooperation agreement (PCA) must be signed between the project partners as soon as possible after the project starts. PCA templates are available for use if required.
Any organisation whose collaborative industrial ICT RD&I project is consistent with the above criteria can apply to CELTIC-NEXT Calls. Funding could be provided by each national funding agency after receipt of the quality label, in accordance with their national participation procedures, and subject to budgetary availability.
Before submitting your Project Proposal please check:
- Have you completed all required chapters in the Project Proposal Template (CPP)?
- Have you contacted all involved Public Authorities and followed their advice regarding national funding applications?
- Confirmation Letters signed by all partners should be submitted to office(at)celticnext.eu. You can send it 4 weeks after the call deadline.
Call-related documents and forms can be found here.
Proposals made have the possibility to be defined bottom-up, i.e. without the need to follow defined programme objectives; however, they must cover ICT-related research areas.
STEP 5 - SUBMIT YOUR PROPOSAL
SUBMIT YOUR PROJECT PROPOSAL INTO THE CELTIC PROJECT PORTAL
First of all, you will need an account on the Celtic Proposal Submission Portal to apply.
In order to access the Celtic Proposal Submission Portal for the first time you need to create an account or log in with your credentials if you have already participated in one of the previous CELTIC-NEXT Calls.
Once your account is created, you can fill in the application form and upload your Project Proposal Template before the deadline. There you will be able to write a CELTIC-NEXT submission in your field of interest and expertise for the open call(s).
You shall also fill in, sign and return, to the office, the Confirmation Letter/Declaration of Acceptance (CLD) for each consortium partner within two weeks after your proposal submission.
After receiving a positive Label Notification, a Project Cooperation Agreement (PCA) should be elaborated and signed between the consortium partners. For that purpose, we provide you with an example here.