SME Voucher scheme

If your manufacturing company needs advice and financial support and fits with the eligibility criteria mentioned below, it is possible to receive a SME Voucher from the QRM4.0 project. These 100% subsidized vouchers are limited to 14.000 Euro and allow manufacturing companies to collaborate with IT-providers to introduce innovative digital technologies in their production and get expert coaching by the experts of the project consortium.  

The total value of the voucher of 14.000 Euro can be used for external IT solution providers (8000 euro) and to insource expert knowledge from the project consortium (6000 euro). The consortium grants only 15 vouchers. When all vouchers have been granted, the voucher application procedure will be closed. 

CRITERIA FOR FUNDING

  1. The company is a small or medium-sized enterprise (SME) according to the European guidelines 
  2. The company is located in the Euregio Meuse Rhine (EMR). 
    In Belgium: Province Limburg, Province Liege, German speaking region
    In de Netherlands: Province Limburg
    In Germany: Aachen Region, Eifelkreis Bitburg Prüm, Kreis Vulkaneifel 
    See map here
  3. The company is cooperative in sharing their learning with other companies. For example, through presentations, publications, company visits and workshops.
  4. IMPORTANT: The company must meet the EU-state aid requirements. European regulations limit the total amount of state aid a company can receive over a period of 3 years.  You must confirm that you haven’t reached the maximum state aid by completing the Article 28 GBER Declaration. You can download this form here. 
    Attention: Please fill in this form and save it as PDF before applying for the voucher.

APPLY HERE FOR THE VOUCHER

Be sure that you have filled in the Article 28 form before you apply.
The article28 form must be uploaded in PDF at the end of this application.

You will be informed about the decision, the granted funding, the payment requirements and payment timing. The consortium strives to process all voucher requests within 2 months (from initial request to funding decision).

 


Selection procedure 
The technical Group of the project Consortium will review your application after the local partners of the Consortium has contacted you for further information and clarified the statements in the application. The Technical Group grants or denies the voucher request based upon the following criteria: 
Does your company meet the eligibility criteria?​ 
Does the application fit with the content and scope of the QRM4.0 project​?
Do we expect a sufficient impact to justify the funding?​ 
Does your company have the capacity (resources, time, knowhow) to successfully execute a project?