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Webinar for the Eureka Lightweighting Call

On 08.02.2023, 14:00 – 17:00 CET, a webinar for the Eureka Lightweighting Call was hosted by FFG.

In the webinar you could get insight into the Lightweighting R&D strategy in the European and global context and into the Eureka activities aimed to promote lightweighting. You could learn about the timeline and challenges framing the Eureka Lightweighting call. The submission process was illustrated and the funding agencies of Austria, Belgium, France, Canada, Luxembourg, Sweden, Switzerland, Spain and South Korea presented their national focus and procedures. Pitches submitted to the Pitching-Platform were invited for presentation.


  • 14:00 – 14:05 CET, 08:00 – 08:05 EST, 22:00 – 22:05 KST – Welcome (Michael Walch – FFG)
  • 14:05 – 14:20 CET, 08:05 – 08:20 EST, 22:05 – 22:20 KST – Lightweighting initiative and Lightweighting R&D strategy (Dr. Andreas Dorda – BMK)
  • 14:20 – 14:30 CET, 08:20 – 08:30 EST, 22:20 – 22:30 KST – Eureka Lightweighting call – scope, timeline, and submission procedure (Michael Walch – FFG)
  • 14:30 – 15:30 CET, 08:30 – 09:30 EST, 22:30 – 23:30 KST – Project pitches
  • 15:45 – 16:45 CET, 09:45 – 10:45 EST, 23:45 – 00:45 KST – National funding details (All participating funding bodies)
  • 16:45 – 17:00 CET, 10:45 – 11:00 EST, 00:45 – 01:00 KST – Q&A

Lightweighting Initiative

Eureka Lightweighting Call

Funding Information presented by all National Funding Bodies

Austria (FFG)

Grant of up to 80% for small companies, up to 70% for medium-sized companies, up to 55% for large companies and up to 85% for research institutions. Priority is given to Lightweighting Technologies in the mobility sector.

Belgium Wallonia (SPW Research)

Funding is granted in the form of a grant or a recoverable advance with a funding rate ranging from 35 to 100% of the budget of each Walloon partner. The type of funding and percentage depends on the type of partner, the consortium composition at regional and international level and whether your project activities fall into the category of industrial research or experimental development.

Belgium Flanders (VLAIO)

Companies based in Flanders can apply for grant funding via a development project and receive up to 50% of the eligible project costs, up to a maximum amount of 500,000 euro per project. Staff and other costs can be funded with a 25% to 50% subsidy of the project budget, with a minimum budget equivalent to support of 25,000 euro.

Canada (NRC IRAP)

NRC IRAP may cover up to 50% of project costs for eligible Canadian SMEs. The maximum funding amount is 500,000 (CAD) per Canadian participant per project. Funding is a non-repayable contribution against approved work completed and invoiced.

France (Bpifrance)

SMEs and midcap companies with up to 2000 FTE can apply for a repayable advance or a loan of up to 3 million euro per company per project, in the limit of own equity. Universities can only join as a subcontractor or on a self-funded basis, as additional partner.

NB: If the company and project is considered to be “deeptech”, the funding can mix grant and repayable advance.

Luxembourg (Luxinnovation)

Grant of up 80% of eligible costs (depending on company size and project type) with a maximum of 700,000 euro per project. Currently no funding available for research institutions.

South Korea (KIAT)

Grant of up to 500 million KRW (approximately 370,000 euro) per year, up to 3 years. Funding ratio is up to 67% for SMEs, 50% for mid-tier companies, 33% for large companies and 100% for universities and research organisations.

Spain (CDTI)

Main features of the funding for Spanish partners are: Soft loan up to 85% of eligible costs (Euribor 1 year interest fee). Minimum budget of 175,000 euros (no maximum budget). Long recovery period (10 or 15 years) where 24.75% of the eligible costs do not have to be repaid.

Sweden (Vinnova)

SMEs up to 50% of eligible costs, large companies up to 30% of eligible costs and universities and research institutes up to 100% of eligible costs. The maximum funding (grant) per project is 500,000 euro.

Switzerland (Innosuisse)

Grant of maximum 70% of the total project costs. Contributions cover up to 100% of the research partners direct project costs (and overhead contribution), up to 70% for start-ups, up to 50% for SMEs and up to 25% for large companies.

Funding will only be provided to projects that are positively evaluated by all relevant participating national funding bodies. Funding of project partners is subjected to budgetary availability and national funding conditions stipulated by each national funding body.

If there is no allocated budget for your organisation type in your country and you want to participate in a project consortium, contact your national funding body using the form below to see whether there are other funding opportunities available or talk to them about self-funding.