1. Scope of Topics for Bi-Lateral R&D projects This call welcomes applications in all technological areas. The projects approved by the Israeli and Slovene Authorities will be financed respectively by The Office of the Chief Scientist (OCS) of the Israeli Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labour and by Ministry of higher education, science and technology of Slovenia (MHEST). The support will be given to each partner by its own Authorities in accordance with the national Laws, Rules, Regulations and Procedures in effect. 2. Qualifications The criteria to be followed in order to apply to the present Call are: The Israeli partner should be an Industrial entity (company) which may be technologically and scientifically assisted by non industrial entity (eg: university research institute etc can participate as sub-contractors). The Slovene partner should be an Industrial entity (small, medium or large company) if it is the only applicant from Slovenia or Industrial entity assisted by non industrial entity (eg: university, research institute etc) The Slovene and Israeli partners must express the will to cooperate, on an equal base, to the development of a new product, industrial process or service. The product, process or service must be innovative and there must be a technological risk involved. The project must be equally significant for both the participants. The participants are required to have preliminarily signed a-partnership agreement on the commercialization of the product, process or service once the phase of research and development has been completed and the ownership and use of know how and IPR settlements (“Partnership Agreement”). Any partner whose cooperative R&D project is consistent with the aforesaid criteria can apply to the present announcement in accordance with the national Laws, Rules, Regulations and Procedures in effect. 3. Submission and approval of the project proposals Submission and the approval procedures will be of two phases: PHASE 1: In the first phase, the eligibility of the project proposals will be screened. Partners will be asked to present a short project outline via the following EUREKA Project Application Form: http://www.eureka.be/inaction/projectFormDownload.do The EUREKA Project Application Form must be filled in English. The forms have to be legally signed by all participating companies. The signatures must be scanned and sent together with the Eureka form as an integral part of the application of phase 1. Matimop and MHEST will perform PHASE 1 analysis only to completed electronic Eureka forms submitted until 17.8. 2010 The eligibility of each application will be analyzed by MHEST and MATIMOP. Qualifying proposals will be invited to submit funding requests (2nd Phase application) using the application procedures and according to the national rules that apply in MHEST and OCS. PHASE 2: In the second phase, partners will be invited to submit their funding applications according to national procedures: Full proposals (Eureka + National application forms) must be submitted to Matimop and MHEST no later than 7.9.2010 A contract will be signed with selected companies only after the endorsement of the project at the EUREKA High Level Group Meeting (Expected on January 2011). To download Project Application form - link: http://www.eurekanetwork.org/download-project-application-form For the Slovenian rules on Eureka applications - link: http://www.mvzt.gov.si/si/javni_razpisi/?tx_t3javnirazpis_pi1%5Bshow_single%5D=921 For the Israeli guidelines on OCS submission - link: http://www.matimop.org.il/images/Files/40/הנחיות%20הגשה%20למדער%20ישראל-סלובניה%20קק2.doc 4. Modalities for the financial support of the projects Projects in the frame of this announcement will be financed by the respective national authorities in Slovenia and Israel, in accordance with the national laws, rules, regulations and procedures in effect: In Israel, every selected project can be financed by the OCS up to 50% (+ regional incentives for companies located in "development zone ") of the eligible costs of research and development. When the project is successful and produces profits, the financial support of the Israeli party will have to be repaid, without interests, by means of royalties or profits deriving from the sales. No repayment is due when the project does not reach the stage of the commercialization. In Slovenia, MHEST will provide funding conditions for Slovene partners; 75.000,00 € per project per year for Slovenian participants with 50% of the eligible costs strictly connected with R&D work on the project (personnel costs, amortization of equipment, buildings, outsourcing limited to 30%, other costs limited to 20%) According to EUREKA practices, applicants may choose to ask for a label without public financing (e.g. project endorsement in EUREKA based on a self-funding declaration is also applicable). 5. Publicity of the Results Project partners whose projects have been funded by its own authorities in accordance with the national regulations and procedures will be informed by means of email by the contact person mentioned below.