Innovation Support Voucher (ISV)

The Innovation Support Voucher (ISV) scheme provides in-kind and/or financial support to SME in the food, water, energy or KET-sector to get access to external knowledge and expertise towards a resource efficient food production.

The Innovation Support Voucher scheme is meant to support SMEs from the food, water, energy and KET value chains to access external knowledge and granting support for attending VIDA events. VIDA encourages to improve access to knowledge on new processes and business solutions and facilitate cooperation and technology transfer.

Fields of activities that can be funded with the Innovation Support Vouchers :

· Improving the resource efficiency in food production and processing by applying novel technology solutions,

· Improving knowledge and data collection with regard to resource consumption in food production and processing,

· Enhancing management and control of water and energy usage, and

· Promoting collaboration between SME from agrifood and KET sectors.

The applicants can apply for a grant of max. € 5.000 covering 100% of the eligible expenses (ref. ‘VIDA Terms and Conditions’). The total reserved budget for the Innovation Support Vouchers is € 125.000. Applicants are entitled to apply and benefit from more than one VIDA voucher scheme, reaching a total max. funding of € 60.000 per SME, provided that the VIDA projects are executed in line with the Terms and Conditions.

The Innovation Support Voucher scheme will be available from February 1st, 2019 at 09:00 CET until January 3rd, 2020 at 17:00 CET, or until the budget is exhausted. This period might also be extended, in case the budget is not exhausted within the call period above. Innovation Support Voucher applications will be evaluated by the Application Review Panel throughout the whole call period.

The assessment period takes max. 8 weeks starting from the application date . The applicant will receive an email about the outcome of the assessment. The applicant will need to sign a formal contract with the VIDA coordinator (Grant Agreement). The validity of the voucher is 6 months starting from the contract date. Remuneration is further explained in VIDA Terms of Conditions.

More info about Innovation Support Voucher may be found here.

For downloading the application form and submission please visit CLOU5.