Validation Voucher (VV)

The Validation Voucher (VV) scheme provides in-kind and/or financial support to SME in the food, water, energy or KET-sector to get technology validated to strengthen their pitch and to convince the prospective users of the technology.

The Validation Voucher scheme is meant to offer SMEs from the food, water, energy and KET value chains external, third party validation of their technology or product. VIDA encourages to accelerate implementation of new processes and business solutions and facilitate cooperation and technology transfer.

Fields of activities that can be funded with the Validation Vouchers :

· Testing functional specification of novel technology solutions,

· Validation of quantitative performance levels of novel products,

· Validation of water and energy usage, and

· Validation of qualitative performance levels like removal rates or conversion rates.

This scheme will be available from February 1st, 2019 09.00 hrs CET until January 3rd, 2020 at 17:00 CET, or until the budget is exhausted. This period might be extended, in case the budget is not exhausted within the call period above. Validation Voucher applications will be evaluated by the Application Review Panel. The cut-off dates for the assessment are the following:

– Cut-off date 1: March 29th, 2019

– Cut-off date 2: May 31st, 2019

– Cut-off date 3: September 30th, 2019

– Cut-off date 4: January 3rd, 2020

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 the VIDA Terms of Conditions.

The applicants can apply for a grant of € 10.000 to max. € 25.000 worth in services covering 100% of the eligible expenses. The total reserved budget for the VIDA Validation Vouchers is € 250.000.

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 VIDA Terms of Conditions.

More info about Validation Voucher may be found here.

For downloading the application form and submission please visit CLOU5.