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1st German-Chilean Call for Proposals for joint R&D projects by Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs)


Corfo and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) intend to support joint German-Chilean research and development projects (R&D projects) in order to develop innovative products, processes or technical services from all technology and application areas. Funding will be available for R&D projects in which new products, technical services or processes will in subsequent steps generate sustainable solutions with high market potential.
In Germany, funding is provided through the Central Innovation Programme for SMEs (ZIM). In Chile, funding is provided through Innova Chile from Corfo, using the “Crea y Valida - ZIM” instrument.

Innova Chile and AiF Project GmbH, ZIM project management agency on behalf of the BMWK, will assist the project partners with basic information during the submission of project proposals, in the evaluation and in the implementation phase. All results will be announced within 3 months after the submission deadline.


Project results will have to contribute to the development of commercial products,
processes and/ or technology-based services. The project proposals have to comply with
the following guidelines:

  • Naming of all project partners
  • The partners must include at least one Chilean company and one German SME.
    Chilean companies should be legally constituted in Chile, be at least 18 months
    old (since the start date of business activities in Chilean Internal Revenue Service),
    and show proof of sales in the last 18 months (not necessarily in all months).
  • Participation of further research organisations and other companies are welcome
    as additional partners or subcontractors according to each country’s funding
  • Companies and/or research organisations from other countries may also
    participate. These partners’ participation is neither funded by Innova Chile nor
    ZIM. They have to be included into the Proposal Application Form
  • The project should focus on the development of new products, services or
    processes of industrial application, which are based on the international state of
    the art, leading to commercialisation in the domestic and/or global markets.
  • The project should have an obvious advantage and differentiated value
    proposition resulting from the cooperation between the participants from the
    two countries (e.g. increased knowledge base, commercial leads, access to R&D
    infrastructure, new fields of application, etc.).
  • Project duration should in principle not exceed 2 years, or 3 years if the project
    involves biological cycles.
  • The project should demonstrate a balanced technological contribution by the
    participants from both countries and must be equally significant to all participants.
    In a project with two cooperating partners, no partner may contribute with more
    than 70% of total person months to the project. In a project with more than two
    cooperating partners, no partner may contribute with more than 50% of total person months. All research organizations involved in the consortium may altogether not contribute with more than 50% of the total person months.

Any partner whose cooperative R&D project is consistent with the aforesaid criteria may apply to the present announcement in accordance with the national laws, rules, regulations and procedures in effect.

General Information

Call Type
Transnational Partnership
Eligible Country/ies
Chile, Germany
Target Groups
Small- and Medium Enterprises
Submission Deadlines
Single fixed deadline
(Next) Submission Deadline
15 September 2023
Type of Funding Instrument
Individual Support
Max. funding amount per project [EURO]
Germany: according to ZIM rules, Chile: 250,000 € (CLP $220,000,000)

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