Testit - Living Labs
Through the Test-it campaign, Innoviris wants to give innovators the chance to develop and test their products, solutions and concepts and try them out with end users.
The applied research and innovation projects are carried out in living labs, in which researchers, users and a platform of users are involved.
The Living Labs Brussels Retrofit campaign
The objective of the ERDF project ‘Living Labs Brussels Retrofit’ is to encourage renovation in the housing sector, by implementing experimentation and innovation projects that combine the forces of players in the construction sector and research entities.
In the context of this call, innovative techniques and processes are applied to real renovation projects in the housing sector and by players of the construction sector. These techniques and processes, tested and improved via the Living Labs projects, can subsequently be applied at a larger scale, with the aim of offering affordable solutions for renovations in the Brussels-Capital Region, both for the private sector and subsidised housing.
In addition, the cooperation between the construction sector and research institutes can also be improved.
In short: the main objective of each Living Lab is to develop, test and implement energy efficient renovation solutions which address the specific challenges the construction sector in Brussels faces.
Priority research themes were established, according to the special challenges faced by the construction sector, particularly in the Brussels-Capital Region. You can consult the different research themes in the regulations on pages 6-7 (available in the toolbox of the French or Dutch version of the website).
The Brussels entities which may submit an application to Innoviris in the context of this call are:
non-profit organisations whose place of business is established in the Brussels-Capital Region
Self-employed persons who do not fit into one of the categories described above cannot submit an application. However, they may participate as a subcontractor or a self-employed person in a project in the budget of one of the partners.
The budget of all research institutes participating in the project may not exceed 30% of the overall budget.
The project may not be coordinated by a research institute.
The selection procedure of the projects consists of two phases: an expression of interest and a comprehensive proposal.
Applicants must submit their expression of interest to Innoviris by 22 January 2017 at 12.00 at the latest. Applications submitted after that date will not be considered.
For the attention of Jeremy Levin - Call Living Lab Retrofit 2016
Brussels Institute for Research and Innovation
Chaussée de Charleroisesteenweg, 110
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Type of funding
There are three different types of funding depending on your situation and the situation of your business partner.
You are a non-profit association which does not have an economic activity (no turnover resulting from an offer of goods or services). In this case, Innoviris can intervene up to 100% in your project;
You are a non-profit association with occasional economic activities. These economic activities cannot be a daily part of the association's activities.
In practical terms, the capacity allocated to these economic activities annually cannot exceed 20% of the total annual capacity of the association in question (material, equipment, labour and fixed capital). To evaluate this, Innoviris will rely on either cost accounting statements or turnover (sales, services and similar) which must account for less than 20% of total income (including contributions, donations, legacies and subsidies).
In this case, Innoviris can intervene up to 100% in your project.
You are a non-profit association with regular economic activities (the capacity allocated to economic activity annually exceeds 20% of the total annual capacity, see point 2 below for the evaluation of this criterion by Innoviris).
In this case, the association is considered a business and you must refer to the previous section relating to businesses.
Find more information about the calculation method for the size of an organization (similar to a company).
For intervention rates less than 100%, the entity must demonstrate its ability to finance its share of the project through funds other than public financing. Proof of the share may be provided by various documents (balance sheet, bank statement, capital, bank loans, etc.).
Innoviris contact person
Strategic Research Team
Tel. +32 2 600 50 19