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Italy – India Collaborative Industrial Research & Development Program 2017
Italy – India Collaborative Industrial Research & Development Program 2017

Status Closed

RFP Opening Date 24-Jun-2017

RFP Closing Date 05-Dec-2017 18:00 Hrs.

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Programme Summary :

Department of Science & Technology (DST, Government of India and Directorate General for Cultural and Economic Promotion and Innovation (DGSP) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Italian Republic, invite proposals in collaborative industrial research and development projects in following areas:

  • Advanced Materials
  • Smart Manufacturing
  • Technologies for Cultural Heritage
  • Water Technologies (including Drinking Water, Water Purification, Water Desalination, Irrigation Technologies, Waste Water Treatment & Management
  • About the Programme
    • Within the framework of the Agreement on Scientific and Technological Cooperation between the Republic of India and the Italian Republic, signed in New Delhi, on 28th November 2003 and entered into force on 3rd November 2009, the Department of Science and Technology, Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India and the Directorate General for Cultural and Economic Promotion and Innovation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, of the Italian Republic, have created funding mechanisms through which companies may seek support for joint India-Italy research and development (R&D) projects and other activities intended to generate new or expanded research and technology-based partnerships between the two countries. This India-Italy program aims to foster and support the development of collaborative R&D projects that bring together companies, research organizations, academics and other collaborators from both countries for the joint development of innovative products or processes. It aims to stimulate innovative R&D projects that address a specific market need or challenge; demonstrate high industrial relevance and commercial potential; and aim to deliver benefit to all participants, and more broadly, to both nations. These projects help participants to become more competitive by developing global research-based alliances with the potential to foster increased or expanded international R&D collaboration.

      For India, funding and other services will be provided through the Global Innovation & Technology Alliance (GITA), a not-for-profit ompany, promoted by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Technology Development Board of the Department of Science & Technology, Govt of India engaged by the Department of Science and Technology (DST)for this purpose. For Italy, funding and other services will be provided through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MAECI).

      Applicants are strongly encouraged to review the complete application guidelines before developing and submitting an Expression of Interest or a complete proposal.

  • About Funding & Implementing Agency
    • Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government of India

      The Department of Science & Technology (DST) of Government of India was established in May 1971, with the objective of promoting new areas of science & technology (S&T) and to play the role of a nodal department for organising, coordinating and promoting S&T activities in the country. The Department of Science &Technology has an important role in building a strong base for research, development and demonstration in India and in addressing national concerns about strengthening science and technology. DST, as a national agency for strengthening the base of science and technology in the country, has made a sincere attempt to address national concerns of India in basic research.

      For more information about DST, please visit www.dst.gov.in

      Global Innovation & Technology Alliance (GITA)

      GITA is a “non–for–profit” Section-8 (Companies Act 2013) Public Private Partnership (PPP) company promoted jointly by the Technology Development Board (TDB), Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government of India (GoI) and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

      GITA is a unique organisation working under an innovative mechanism between the Government of India and Indian industry for attracting Indian industry’s investment in technology. GITA’s activities include mapping technology gaps; evaluating technology offers across the globe on appropriateness from techno-economic perspective for India; connecting technology developers, providers, funders; funding last phase of technology development that connects the market; and deployment of technology solutions.

      GITA is technically and administratively managed by a group of highly-skilled technical and management professionals. The group has expertise and proficiency in effective technical evaluation, fund management, networking, capacity building and outreach to stakeholders. GITA maintains a high degree of transparency and integrity in all process of project evaluation, disbursement and other competitive process. It has expertise in flexible funding mechanism (Loan / Grant / Equity) to cater to different needs to cater different need of the system.

      For more information about GITA, please visit www.gita.org.in

      Directorate General for Cultural and Economic Promotion and Innovation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, of the Italian Republic

      The Directorate General for Cultural and Economic Promotion and Innovation (DGSP - Direzione Generale per la Promozione del Sistema Paese) is responsible for the coherent and unitary promotion of several components of the Italian Economic System (economy, language and culture, science and technology), including the activities of Regional authorities and of other autonomous local authorities.

      The Directorate assures support to the country’s production system, research, university network and the activities of the Regional authorities and of other autonomous local authorities; collaborates with public and private players in promoting initiatives to attract foreign investments; promotes the Italian language, culture and scientific research abroad, also through the network of Italian Cultural Institutes, Italian schools abroad and scientific attachés, and manages the funds allocated to Italian archaeological missions around the world. It also coordinates the position of Italy in multi-lateral cultural cooperation and manages the valuable artistic heritage of the Palazzo della Farnesina Art Collection.

      The Unit IX within the Directorate for Innovation and Research, under the Directorate General for Cultural and Economic Promotion and Innovation of MAECI,  promotes International bilateral cooperation in research and technological innovation, in order to support the Italian scientific and technological system abroad.

  • Eligible Technology Sectors
    • Current RFP invites collaborative Applications in following areas:

      • Advanced Materials
      • Smart Manufacturing
      • Technologies for Cultural Heritage
      • Water Technologies (including Drinking Water, Water Purification, Water Desalination, Irrigation Technologies, Waste Water Treatment & Management
  • Project Funding Support
    • In India

      - Applications received under this programme would be funded by the Department of Science &Technology (DST), Government of India. DST provides Royalty Based Conditional Grant upto 50% of the approved Indian budget with a limit of Rs 1.50 Crs to Indian companies.

      Applicants may choose their projects in specific areas to avail GRANT/ROYALTY BASED CONDITIONAL GRANT as explained above.

      GITA on behalf of the Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government of India, will fund the successful projects, with under-mentioned details: 

      • Total project funding as Royalty Based Conditional Grant (by DST) for Indian applicants is a maximum of INR 150 lakhs per project.
      • Indian industry may receive up to 50% of their part of the eligible cost in form of Royalty Based Conditional Grant (as applicable)
      • Indian R&D organisation/academic institution may receive up to 100% of their costs (within applicable range specified above and as per proposal)
      • DST funding support for the project must be matched equally (1:1) by Indian Industry and R&D organisation/academic institution.
      • The exact amount of funding will be approved by the Indian Project Evaluation Committee based on merit and the contribution of industry, R&D organisation and academic partners respectively.
      • Funding from other public sector sources will be taken into account when awarding grant/soft loan, and applicants will be asked to declare funding from other sources in the application.

      In Italy

      The contribution assigned by the MAECI is a maximum of 200.000 Euros per project and will be paid as follows:

      Upon request by the applicant, exclusively under the following terms and conditions

      a)      One year after the formal acceptance of the contribution;

      b)      Presenting a letter to the MAECI, that requires a payment of a maximum of 50% of the total granted contribution for costs already incurred on a proportionate basis.

      c)      Submitting the necessary documentation proving the coherence of the first-year implemented project activities, compared with the project approved proposal.

      d)      After submitting the documentation proving that all planned activities have been carried out, the amount payed by MAECI at the end of the project (the final payment), cannot exceed the 50% of the total Italian contribution for the project.

  • Who Can Apply?
    • Eligible projects under the present RFP are R&D projects falling under the thematic areas described above in section 2, to be performed by an international consortium of independent companies from India and Italy. This international consortium shall be formed at least by one qualified partner from each country (1 Indian company + 1 Italian company), meeting the eligibility criteria for Indian Applicants and Italian Applicants laid down below.

      R&D project proposals will be strengthened by the participation of research centres, academic entities or other R&D performing organisations as a component of the R&D.

      Indian Applicants

      Eligible Indian applicants must be researchers or managers of for-profit companies that operate and are headquartered in India. Academic institutions, research centres, hospitals (including not-for-profit research institutes recognized by DST/GITA) that are headquartered and operate in India are strongly encouraged to participate in the project as co-investigators.

      Specific criteria for eligible applicants are as follows:

      • The Indian Project Lead (IPL) company applying for the project must be incorporated in India under the Companies Act 1956/2013.
      • The company must be at least 51% owned by Indian citizens over the total duration of the project.
      • The IPL should have the required expertise and team capacity to manage the proposed project.
      • Applicants already possesses basic infrastructures/test beds and developed basic Proof of Concept (PoC)  

      Please note for Indian applicants:

      • Sole proprietors and partnership firms are not eligible for support under this programme.
      • Companies headquartered and owned outside India and their subsidiaries in India, or vice versa, are not eligible to receive funding from DST/GITA under this programme.

      Preferences will be given to:

      In the case in India where business entities are participants in a project, but with no initial involvement in R&D activities, the project must show a plan of how capabilities are going to be developed in the business entity in the following years in order to:

      • perform future R&D projects
      • develop the human resource capability within the business
      • take technologies that are being developed to market
      • develop new intellectual property, and
      • enhance the Indian technology based companies ecosystem.
      • Note that applicants must already possess basic infrastructure/test beds and developed basic Proof of Concept (PoC)  

      Italian Applicants

      The Italian Project Lead (ITPL) (i.e. lead company) can be an industrial company that operates in and is headquartered in Italy and is able to carry on R&D activities. In the case the applicant is not able to perform R&D activities, it must collaborate with an academic institution or research institute (including not-for-profit research institutes recognised by the Italian Government) that is headquartered and operates in Italy, as co-investigator/partner.

      Specific criteria for eligible applicants are as follows:

      1. At least 51% stake of the ITPL Company must be owned by Italian citizens.
      2. The ITPL should have the required expertise and team capacity to manage the proposed project.

      Please note for Italian applicants:

      • Sole proprietors and partnership firms are not eligible for support under this programme.
      • Companies headquartered and owned outside Italy and their subsidiaries in Italy, or vice versa, are not eligible to receive funding from DGSP IX-MAECI under this program.
      • The funding to the Italian Company must comply with the De minimis rule enforced in the European Union.[1]

      Preferences will be given to:

      • Italian companies having partnership with government-funded Italian academic and R&D institutions.
      • SME companies that apply in collaboration with a research partner
      • Innovative start-up companies and certified incubators (as defined by art. 25 of Italian DL 179/2012)
      • Innovative SMEs (as defined by art. 4 of Italian DL 3/2015).
       

      [1]See the Commission regulation (EU) no. 1407/2013 of 18 December 2013 on the application of Articles 107 and 108 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union to de minims aid]

  • Important Dates
    • Opening of the Request for Proposals

      24 June 2017

      Closing of the Request for Proposals

      31 October 2017

      Anticipated release date of Request For Proposal results

      January 2018

      Note: The above timeline/schedule is indicative only and is subject to change.

      Important Note: Please do not leave your submission to the last minute. If any technical difficulties arise or if you identify any errors in your submission, we will not be able to grant an extension to the above deadlines. It is your responsibility to ensure you follow the competition guidance rules and in doing so allow sufficient time to complete all of the competition requirements described in this document.

  • Type of Projects to be supported
      • Joint Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) activities including e.g. development, piloting, demonstration and testing.
      • Projects should be innovative and user need-driven, and they should lead to new products, services or processes with potential to commercialization while also having favourable societal impacts.
      • Duration of the project should not be more than 24 months
  • PROJECT EVALUATION AND SELECTION
    • Evaluators in both countries will review the common application form and appendices (where required) along with associated supporting documentation (where appropriate).

      Eligible proposals will undergo to a two-step evaluation process.

      STEP 1.

      Projects will first be evaluated at the national level according to the following criteria:

      • Novelty of the proposal and possible impact on the industrial activities – technological innovation. Qualifications of the applicants in performing the specific tasks, and the added value of the cooperation between project partners.
      • Expected economic results from the accomplishment of the project.
      • Congruity of cost estimates for the support with the proposed project and with the expected results.
      • Capability of the partners (R&D personnel, infrastructure, finance, marketing, etc.).

      STEP 2.

      Following completion of the independent assessment processes described above in India and Italy, a joint review committee will be held, comprising representatives from the Indian and Italian funding agencies. Final decisions on joint approvals will be made at that time. DST//GITA and DGSP IX/MAECI will then together identify the final list of successful applicants. Selected projects will be included in the Executive Programme and will be eligible for funding.

      Ineligible/Rejected Applications:

      • Applications that do not meet the stated Request for Proposal eligibility criteria, as set out in this document
      • Project proposals that are not written in the prescribed template e.g. Hand-written or email submissions. 
      • Applications submitted to the incorrect organisation or use the incorrect application form for the Request for Proposal.
      • Registration and Application submissions that are not compliant with the on-line template
      • Applications in which only one side (i.e. one country) has contributed its part of the proposal/application.

      COMMUNICATION OF RESULTS

      Italy: The list of the selected proposals and the funding procedures will be published exclusively on the website of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, at the following address.

      (Click Here)

      Only the contact person of the selected projects will be directly informed.

      India: GITA will communicate the final decision in writing (via e–mail/letter) to all the IPL applicants. The list of the selected proposals and the funding procedures will be published on the website of GITA: www.gita.org.in

  • Project Cost Guidelines (Applicable for Indian applicants)
    • What You Can Claim as Eligible Costs for the Project?

      This document is intended for use with the RFP Guidance Document. It covers the following:

      There are ranges of costs that can be supported as your eligible project costs. The estimates of the costs that you use to complete the project cost must be the total costs for the project and will include costs for all activities and all participants that are involved in your section (part) of the project.

      Please Note: Any revenue generation activities cannot be included as part of project costs. Only Research & Development related activities can be included as part of project costs.

      Eligible Costs

      For a cost within your project to be eligible for funding it must:

      • be incurred and paid between your project start and end dates.
      • meet the eligibility criteria in the categories listed below.

      GITA pays your grant based on audited actual eligible costs. These costs must be incurred and paid between your project start and end dates.

      1. Labour Cost:

      You may claim the labour costs of all individuals working directly on your project. You need to list the total man-days worked by all personnel working directly on your project and briefly describe their role.

      Your eligible labour costs will be on the basis of salary amounts actually incurred and paid. You therefore cannot include any form of in-kind/goodwill contribution by staff members or costs relating to profit related pay, dividends, shares, share options, royalties or similar remuneration methods.

      The total number of working days per year for the organisation is based on full time working days per year less standard holiday allowance. Sick days, waiting time, training days and non-productive time are not eligible as part of the calculation.

      Project Management cost: 

      The costs of project management by an Indian Project Lead (IPL) on behalf of the Indian consortium (IPL and collaborating R&D organisation/academic institute is eligible and should be included within your Labour calculation. In cases where your project management is sub-contracted, a strong case should be made for the necessity and benefits of this approach.

      2. Overheads

      In every project, there are always some overheads. .  These overheads, however, will be determined by the Project Evaluation Committee (PEC), on a case to case basis, at a flat rate (percentage) to the total project cost.

      While determining the overhead flat rate (percentage), PEC will take into consideration the following:

      • Board and Senior Management Salaries and Fees should relate to the executive function of the organisation (e.g. Board of Directors). You should only include senior staff members that are purely strategic or administrative in function NOT income generating or customer facing/selling. You should NOT include   distribution/supply chain, selling or marketing senior staff.
      • Administrative support functions include HR, finance, IT, site services and any other administrative support activities. You should NOT include income generating functions or related functions such as distribution/supply chain, selling or marketing.
      • Bonuses, awards, profit related pay, company car expenses and any discretionary benefits to staff are ineligible.
      • Sales, Marketing and Account Management costs are ineligible.
      • Entertainment and hospitality costs are ineligible.
      • Patent maintenance costs are eligible but should NOT include new filings and search fees in new territories or costs relating to Trademarks.
      • General, site and utility costs should be relevant to administrative facilities NOT operational/production facilities.
      • Non-productive time or waiting time between projects is ineligible.

      3. Materials Consumed

      The costs of materials to be consumed directly on your project are eligible costs, providing that they are not already included in the overheads and purchased from third parties. If material has a residual/resale value at the end of your project, costs should be reduced accordingly.

      If you are using materials supplied by associated companies or sub contracted from other consortium members then you are required to exclude the profit element of the value placed on that material - the materials should be charged at cost.

      Software that you have purchased specifically for use during your project can be included in materials.

      However, if you already own software which will be used in the project, or it is provided for usage within your consortium by a consortium member, only additional costs incurred & paid between the start and end of your project will be eligible. Examples of costs that may be eligible are those related to the preparation of disks, manuals, installation, training or customisation. Costs should be split between their component parts and allocated to the appropriate cost category.

      4. Capital Usage

      Capital usage refers to an asset utilised by your planned project, which has a useful life of more than one year, is stand-alone, distinct and moveable.

      You should provide details of capital equipment and tools to be bought for your project.

      5. Sub-contracts, Consultancy Fees (including Fees for Trial and Testing)

      Sub Contract costs relate to work carried out by third party organisations that are not part of your project or your collaborative group. You may sub contract work that is essential to the success of your project where the expertise does not exist in the collaborative group or where it would not be cost-effective to develop in-house skills for your project.

      Sub contract services supplied by associated companies should exclude any profit element and be charged at cost.

      You should name the subcontractor (where known) and describe what the subcontractor will be doing and where the work will be undertaken. We will look at the size of this contribution when assessing eligibility and level of support.

      6. Travel and Subsistence

      You should only include reasonable costs that are justified and will be incurred exclusively for the progression of the research project. Details and purpose for the expenditure, including number of staff attending, must be given.  In case of Air-travel, economy class air-fare only will be supported under the programme.

      International travel, strictly between India and counterpart country, may be supported on a case to case basis, as per the applicable norms of the Government of India.

      7. Other Costs

      Other Costs can be used for eligible costs which are not included in the above sections. Each type of cost that you include in this section should be described in the application form as to what it is, why it is eligible and so included in the costs of the project.

      Examples may include:

      Training Costs– These costs are eligible for support where they are specific to and necessary for your project. GITA may consider support for management training specific to your project but will not support ongoing training.

      Preparation of Technical Report(s)– For example, where the main objective of your project is the support of standards or technology transfer. You should demonstrate how this report is above and beyond what would normally be produced through good project management.

      Market Assessment– There is some scope for support of market assessments studies in order to more fully understand the applicability of your projects results to the intended market and to help steer your project towards exploitable ends.

      Licensing in New Technologies – Exceptionally, GITA may consider support where it makes sense to do so, for example, to avoid “reinventing the wheel”. Where imported technology makes up a large part of your project then it will be expected that there is development of that technology as part of your project.

      Patent filing costs for NEW IP generated by your project may   only be allowable for MSMEs, which will be decided on a case to case basis. These should not include legal costs relating to the filing or trademark related expenditure as these are deemed to be marketing/exploitation costs. Regulatory compliance costs are eligible if necessary to carry out your project.

      8. Project Audit, Legal and Accounting Costs

      The legal costs of setting up project or the collaboration and costs associated in conducting audits, accountant’s reports or making grant claims are ineligible.

      9. Contribution in Kind

      Contributions in Kind (CiK) are goods or services provided free of charge by a party that is NOT a member of your consortium and not subject to the terms and conditions of an Offer Letter. They can be in the form of access to facilities, supply of materials, labour or expertise but must not include a profit element.

      CiK costs must meet the usual eligibility criteria and must have been incurred and paid by the provider between the start and end of your project. Verification is normally done during the audit of your project through a CiK certificate provided by the contributing organisation.

      Contributions of this type should be shown with their value contributing to the total eligible costs of the receiving partner. Grant can be claimed and adjusted to the extent of the value determined against such contributions, if goods or services under CiK are already included in the project proposal.

      10. Cash Transfer

      Cash transfers are not allowable except under exceptional circumstances with prior agreement. Where these are allowed, the transfers are cash neutral to the total eligible costs of your project. The donating partner should show the cash value in their costs as a positive value. The receiving partner should show an equal negative value in their costs.

      Once your project commences, it will be necessary for the partners to invoice and transfer cash between them in order for this to be eligible.

      11. Cash Contributions

      If a cash contribution is being made to your project from outside of your consortium, this should be shown as a negative value in the Costs worksheet, thus reducing the eligible costs for the receiving partner and reducing their grant application.

      Non-Eligible Costs:

      • Input VAT, Excise Duty;
      • Interest charges, bad debts, profits, advertising, entertaining;
      • Hire purchase interest and any associated service charges;
      • Production, quality control/assurance, , distribution, supply chain or selling costs or activities;
      • Advertising and marketing costs or activities;
      • Entertainment and hospitality costs;
      • Profit earned by a subsidiary or by an associate undertaking work sub-contracted out under your project;
      • Inflation and contingency allowances;
      • The value of existing assets such as IPR (not developed as part of this project), data, software programmes and other exploitable assets that any of the collaborators contribute towards your project;
      • Project audit or legal costs. The legal costs of setting up your project or the collaboration and costs associated in conducting audits, accountant’s reports or making grant claims;
      • Sick days, waiting time and non-productive time;
      • Bonuses, awards, profit related pay, company car expenses and any discretionary benefits to staff.
      • Project audit fees 
  • Application Process
    • Joint R&D proposals must be submitted to both of the nodal agencies (GITA in India, MAECI in Italy), by October 31, 2017. Unilaterally submitted proposals shall not be considered.

      Indian and Italian Co-Applicants must elaborate a single project proposal application. Project proposals that are not in the prescribed template or are handwritten shall not be accepted. The Bilateral Co-operation Form must emphasise how the proposed collaboration adds value, main technology highlights and innovations, activities to be developed by the Parties involved underlining the collaborative R&D work being carried out on each side, their expertise, etc.

      Application Submission in India

      • Registration and submission of application
      • The Indian Project Lead visit GITA website (To be developed) under the India-Italy Collaborative Industrial R&D Program 2017. Refer to the section “Key Dates” in this document.
      • Registration Process at GITA website:
        • Registration is two stage process
        • Stage I - Registrant needs to provide basic information.
        • Stage II – The system will send a Login ID and Password to the email ID provided, and ask for completion of registration. 
        • Upon completion of registration, registrants will receive an auto-generated email/SMS acknowledgement shortly after, confirming the registration along with registration number.
      • Application Submission Process:
        • Indian Project Lead needs to submit the Application online (no other mode of submission will be accepted) as per deadline.
        • Login with the same ID and password, used for Downloading for Guidelines & Application Form.
        • Complete and submit the desired Application Form by the deadline.
        • Upon Application submission, the system will send auto-generated SMS/email acknowledgement to IPL, along with application reference number.
        • Please upload the necessary documents as per deadlines as per requirements.
        • For multiple applications, IPL needs to contact GITA Program Coordinator (contact details given below).
      • The Indian project lead must ensure that the content of the application form is identical to the one being submitted to MAECI by the Italian project lead.
      • The application must reflect a combined effort from both the ITPL and IPL, be written in English, and submitted using the prescribed process by the stated application submission.
      • Only online mode of submission will be accepted.

      Additional supporting documents required in India

      In addition to submitting the Application Form and its appendices, the Indian Project Lead (IPL) will also be required to submit/upload the following:

      • Where the IPL/Partners are recognised by the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR), Government of India or any other competent authority as an in–house R&D unit, supporting document for the same.
      • Know Your Customer (KYC) documents of IPL/Partners.
      • Copy of the Company Registration Certificate of IPL/Partners.
      • Audited Annual Reports (including Balance Sheet, Profit & Loss Account & Auditor’s Reports) of IPL/Partners for the last three Financial Years. Annual Report can be exempted in case of institutions managed by a Government Agency.

      The above list is indicative and GITA, in India, may seek additional documents/information from individual project applicants.

      Application Submission in Italy

      The Italian Project Lead needs to download and complete the Application Form that can be found on the same website as the Call (click here).

      The Italian Project Lead must ensure that the content of the application form complies with the one being submitted to GITA website by the Indian Project Lead.

      The completed Application Form and a copy of the signed Consortium MoU/Agreement including IP terms between the lead participants from the respective Countries must be sent to the following email address: dgsp09.pec@cert.esteri.it

      Additional supporting documents required

      If successful, the ITPL must send the documents requested by the Italian regulations in force. 

  • Key Documents required from Indian applicants
    • In addition to submitting the Application Form and its appendices, the Indian Project Lead (IPL) will also be required to submit/upload the following:

      • Where the IPL/Partners are recognised by the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR), Government of India or any other competent authority as an in–house R&D unit, supporting document for the same.
      • Know Your Customer (KYC) documents of IPL/Partners.
      • Copy of the Company Registration Certificate of IPL/Partners.
      • Audited Annual Reports (including Balance Sheet, Profit & Loss Account & Auditor’s Reports) of IPL/Partners for the last three Financial Years. Annual Report can be exempted in case of institutions managed by a Government Agency.

      The above list is indicative and GITA, in India, may seek additional documents/information from individual project applicants.

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    • Italy-India Collaborative Industrial Research & Development Program 2017 (Flyer)
    • Italy-India Collaborative Industrial Research & Development Program 2017 (Guidelines)
    • Italy-India Collaborative Industrial Research & Development Program 2017 (Common Bilateral Application Form)

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Programme Details
  • INTRODUCTION TO THE ITALY – INDIA COLLABORATIVE INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM 2017
    • Within the framework of the Agreement on Scientific and Technological Cooperation between the Republic of India and the Italian Republic, signed in New Delhi, on 28th November 2003 and entered into force on 3rd November 2009, the Department of Science and Technology, Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India and the Directorate General for Cultural and Economic Promotion and Innovation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, of the Italian Republic, have created funding mechanisms through which companies may seek support for joint India-Italy research and development (R&D) projects and other activities intended to generate new or expanded research and technology-based partnerships between the two countries. This India-Italy program aims to foster and support the development of collaborative R&D projects that bring together companies, research organizations, academics and other collaborators from both countries for the joint development of innovative products or processes. It aims to stimulate innovative R&D projects that address a specific market need or challenge; demonstrate high industrial relevance and commercial potential; and aim to deliver benefit to all participants, and more broadly, to both nations. These projects help participants to become more competitive by developing global research-based alliances with the potential to foster increased or expanded international R&D collaboration.

      In India the project lead and other project partners such as R&D Organisations and Academia are eligible for funding support.

      On behalf of the Department of Science & Technology (DST, Government of India, the Global Innovation & Technology Alliance (GITA) will provide funding and other services to Indian project partners. (Please refer to Annex – 2 for more details)

      In Italy the project lead only, will receive the financial support from Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. Other project partners such as R&D Organisations and Academia must be paid as sub-contractors by the project lead.

      Funding and other services to Italian project partners will be provided by the Directorate General for Cultural and Economic Promotion and Innovation (DGSP, Unit IX) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MAECI), of the Italian Republic

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  • Ongoing Partnership Development Activities
    • GITA & MAECI will provide link for partner search throughout the year.
  • Current activities / Events
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