Travel Grant Scheme: Participation in the Brokerage Event during the EU-China Business and Technology Co-operation Fair in Chengdu (Deadline: 30 Apr 2014)

Chengdu2013aWithin the context of the Dragon-STAR project a Travel Grant Scheme will be implemented. The Travel Grant Scheme provides the opportunity for European organizations to investigate the Chinese market and identify suitable partners to conclude technological and/or research collaboration. It also provides financial support to eligible European organizations to travel to China.

This is the Second Call of the Dragon-STAR Travel Grant Scheme and it aims at covering the traveling expenses of organizations interested to participate in the Brokerage Event organized in parallel to the EU-China Business & Technology (B&T) Co-operation Fair, which will be held in Chengdu, China on 21-23 October 2014.

The EU-China Business & Technology Cooperation Fair has been held for 8 editions with a total number of 1392 EU companies, organizations, universities, governmental bodies, research institutions, etc.,and 2755 Chinese counterparts. Over 10,000 B to B matchmakings meetings were arranged for the participants and the average success rate is over 30%. It has already become one of the biggest international platform for investment, trade and technology cooperation. Based on the success of 8 previous editions, we are delighted to invite you to participate in the 9th EU-China Business and Technology Cooperation Fair will be held on 21-23 October 2014 in Chengdu, China , at the same time with Western China International Fair.

This event will focus on EU-China urbanization relevant industries, environment protection, modern agriculture, biopharmaceutical, general aviation and IT sectors.

Objective of the call

The aim of the Travel Grant Scheme is to support technological and research collaboration between Chinese and European organizations in order to explore the opportunities, not only for joint participation in the European Commission’s HORIZON 2020 programme, but also the possibilities of concluding technological agreements. The Travel Grant Scheme is designed to cover the traveling expenses of European organizations to participate in the Brokerage Event organized in parallel to the EU-China Business & Technology Co-operation Fair, which will be held in Chengdu, China on 21-23 October 2014, and to discuss the possibility of concluding technological and/or research collaboration and agreements.

The Call

The Call is open from 4th March to 30th April 2014. It supports representatives from European organizations from the EU Member States to visit the EU-China Brokerage Event and Technology Co-operation Fair which will be held in Chengdu, China on 21-23 October 2014, and meet Chinese counterparts in order to discuss potential technological and/or research collaborations. The Chengdu Brokerage Event is an ideal opportunity to discuss joint preparation of project proposals for submission to the current or upcoming HORIZON 2020 Calls or for the conclusion of technological co-operation agreements. The topics of the Fair and the Brokerage Event are the following:

  1. Modern Agriculture
  2. Energy saving – Environmental Protection
  3. Bio – Pharmaceuticals
  4. IT
  5. New Energies
  6. General Aviation

For research collaborations, along with the application, it is also necessary to submit a Confirmation of Pre-check regarding the topic / field of research of the planned project proposal.

 

Funding & Timetable

The Dragon-STAR funding will cover traveling expenses and accommodation, with a maximum of €2,500, for European organizations seeking co-operation with one or more specific and predefined Chinese organization/s.

It is expected that a minimum of 15 organizations will benefit from this scheme, which means that a total of €37,500 will be allocated. If more applications are positively evaluated it is up to the Project Evaluation Committee to fund more organizations.

In the case that not all the budget is allocated, additional calls will follow until the budget has been used up.

 

Timetable for the 2nd Call

  • 04/03 to 30/04 2014, Call open
  • 15/04 2014, Final deadline for applying to SEZ for Confirmation of Pre-check (only applicable to Partner Search applicants)
  • 01/05 to 30/05 2014, Evaluation
  • 02/06 2014, Final selection by the Project Evaluation Committee
  • 16/06 2014, Applicants informed of selection results
  • 24/12 2014, Final deadline for receipt of Narrative and Cost Report

 

Info and Submission

  • All enquiries may be addressed to Ms. Monika Nagy (tel.: 0030 2310 539 817, ext.:207, e-mail: m.nagy@sbbe.gr).