The COOPILOT call for proposals aims to co-finance pilot units or demonstrators and to deploy their technology on an industrial-production scale, via [experimental development] projects (https://recherche-technologie.wallonie.be/fr/definitions/developpement-e...) that are carried out in collaboration with several companies (including at least one SME).
The call is part of measure 2.3.2: “Financial support for demonstrators or pilot units”, which is part of the FEDER “Wallonia-2020 EU” operational programme.
Developing a demonstrator or pilot unit on a 1:1 scale.
Strengthening of interdisciplinary partnership logics, particularly within the business world.
Conducting ( [experimental development] https://recherche-technologie.wallonie.be/fr/definitions/developpement-e...)) research based on the new demonstrator or pilot unit, which will allow industrial partners to develop a new product, process or service that satisfies market demand.
The companies' financial strength is evaluated in accordance with the procedure set out in the handbook (and on the Wallonia research and technology portal: http://recherche-technologie.wallonie.be/go/anafin), by requesting the drafting of a financial plan that details the funding of the project by the companies.
This plan comprises elements that are used to assess the companies' financial ability to perform the activities and to use the expected results.
The programme is exclusively intended for companies, regardless of their size, which have a business unit in Wallonia and satisfy the definition of the recommendation from the European Commission of 6 May 2003 (2003/361/EC) (Official Journal L124 of 20 May 2003). At the time of submitting the application,companies must not be experiencing difficulties, in accordance with the guidelines from the European Union concerning State aid and the rescue and restructuring of companies in difficulty.
The conditions according to which the aid will be granted, as well as the amount and the definition of admissible expenses, are established in the Decree of 3 July 2008 concerning support for research, development and innovation in Wallonia and its implementing decrees.
- Admissible expenses expressed in percentages and only in the form of subsidies: 40% for large companies, 50% for medium enterprises and 60% for small enterprises.
Subsidies are requested to cover all costs related to the performance of research, in accordance with Articles 22, 62 and 79 of the Decree of 3 July 2008 concerning support for research, development and innovation in Wallonia. They cover:
- Staffing costs (research logistician, technicians and support staff assigned to the demonstrator/pilot unit/researchers and research technicians)
- Operating costs (development of the demonstrator/unit: equipment, components, instruments, etc.)
- General costs (10%)
- Development of buildings to host the demonstrator/pilot unit
- Costs for using equipment
- Subcontracting costs (in particular approved research centres, etc.)
Expenses are justifiably and credibly distributed between partners. .
Research projects must last for a maximum of thirty-six months.
The submission procedure involves three stages:
- a) Declaration of intent
- b) Detailed proposal
- c) Annual accounts for the last fiscal year
A declaration of intent, in the form of a succinct proposal that includes a summary of the project and mentions the partners, must be sent to the administration via the online form. A link to this can be found on the Wallonia research and technology portal: http://recherche-technologie.wallonie.be/go/coopliot.
There are currently no plans to advertise the declarations of intent. The admissibility of the application will be confirmed in an email sent to the promoter.
An information meeting will be organised between the administration’s representatives and the project partners before a final proposal is submitted.
The detailed proposal (forms and all completed annexes) concerning the entire project is drafted online via. a form. A link to this will be provided via a personalised link after the declaration of intent is submitted. It must be submitted electronically by the manager of the promoting company.
Only detailed proposals that were subject to an admissible declaration of intent and an information meeting, and which have been prepared using the duly completed proposal-submission form, will be eligible for the call for proposals.
In order to perform the financial analysis, companies will send a statement (even if it is still provisional) of the annual accounts for the last fiscal year (if the latter are yet to be published by the Central Balance Sheet Office) when submitting the final proposal. These documents will be processed with restricted distribution (Royal Decree of 24 March 2000).
The administration will send the promoter confirmation of receipt of the detailed proposal. This confirmation of receipt mentions the project number, which must be used in any subsequent correspondence.
After the deadline for submitting detailed proposals, the administration will only consider elements that are provided upon request as part of its evaluation.
The evaluation procedure for detailed proposals comprises several stages:
- The proposal is evaluated based on six criteria (Innovative character of the project; Excellence and experience; Quality, feasibility and relevance; Added value of the innovation; Contribution to sustainable development; Degree of risk).
- The evaluation sheets are presented to a selection jury, which comprises key players from Wallonia. The jury will rank the selected proposals for funding.
- The established ranking is sent to the Minister for Research, who decides which projects will receive funding.
- Following the ministerial decision, the administration notifies the promoters of the selected projects.
- Minimum consortium 1 + 1 = 1 company + 1 company (including at least one SME)
- Promoter: Company from the Walloon region (created no later than the day on which the call is launched)
- Compliance with procedures (timing, etc.)
- Partnership involving at least one SME (site in Wallonia, excluding WB)
- Jurisdiction of the Walloon region
- No other public funding
- Partnership agreement
- Budget distribution (maximum of 70% for one of the partners)
- Companies: not experiencing financial difficulty
- Previous administrative obligations towards the SPW have been satisfied
- The promoter of the project will be a company.
Support from the centres of excellence = eligibility criteria (Letter of support from the centre when submitting to the DGO6)
The programme is planned for the 2019 fiscal year