CALLS AND FUNDING

OPEN CALLS - both from SIM and other parties

Any call that is interesting for you?

Please inform SIM of the project idea before starting to work out any detailed proposal.

SIM OPEN CALL 2022

SIM OPEN CALL
The SIM Open Call 2022 is now open for proposals fitting within running SIM programs and for projects contributing to material related solutions for societal challenges. Project proposals can be submitted until 1 September.

MATERIALS INNOVATION FUNDING

FROM BASIC RESEARCH TO MARKET

Time to market for new and innovative materials can be anywhere up to 15 years. That is a very long time to bridge and financially risky for one single company or a company solely financed privately.

SIM wants to bridge the gap between basic and applied materials research towards industrial development and market by R&D funding that is demand driven and in need of additional scientific understanding. Our mission: strengthen the Flemish materials industry with technology platforms via combined industrial and academic consortia.

Projectidee

WHAT?

Materials Innovation funding by SIM combines governmental and privately funded R&D as the R&D is carried out by a mixed consortia of knowledge centres and industrial partners.

WHO?

Any Flanders based organization that adds value in a program or project, can participate: companies, universities, or research institutes.

A program consortium should have a certain critical mass to be able to build up a research platform and implement the industrial roadmap of the program

What types of organizations can participate in which type of project?

  • SBO ("Strategisch Basis Onderzoek" or Strategic Basic Research): Execution by research institutes only. Companies are needed to participate in the industrial advisory board.
  • ICON ("Industrieel Cooperatief ONderzoek" or Industrial Cooperative REsearch): Companies and research institutes in a well-balanced consortium.
  • O&O ("Onderzoek en Ontwikkeling" or Research and Development): Mainly companies with limited role for the research institutes.
  • Feasibility study: Mainly companies with limited role for the research institutes. The main applicant is a company.
  • COOCK (“Collectief Onderzoek & Ontwikkeling en Collectieve Kennisverspreiding” or Collective Research & Development and Collective Knowledge Dissemination): A COOCK project can only be applied for by (a) Flemish research institute(s) and requires an industrial advisory board with a minimum amount (market segment) of representative companies. 

HOW?

You have an idea for a new development or a need for knowledge in the materials domain? Contact us!

We listen to your ideas and give our advice on how to proceed. This can include:

  • Contacts for possible parties in the consortium (research groups and companies);
  • Questions and tips related to the roadmap and the valorisation that could be obtained with the program results;
  • Which parts of the idea to further elaborate;
  • Information about the aspects that are important for evaluating a program proposal by external experts;
  • Advice on timing and budget;
  • Possible synergies with ongoing research in Flanders within or outside the context of SIM.

It could also be that your idea fits in an existing program: SIM will then refer you to the relevant program manager for further discussion.

More info on how we proceed can be found here.