This initial guide will help you begin your exploration into EU-Canada and EU-US Funding for ICT cooperation from scratch!

1. IDENTIFY YOUR AREA
Find area

•     Identify at least 3 – specific, as well as general ones like Innovation, International Cooperation, etc.

•    Check DISCOVERY EU-North America ICT Priority Report

•     Spend time browsing and reading the opening sentence

•     Note the links and related sections at the end – remember the keywords used.

1.    IDENTIFY A SUITABLE OPEN FUNDING CALL
Find Call

•     Use contact, DISCOVERY funding agencies directory and other databases

•     Go through examples

–     Call to Topic to what info you will see (Specific Challenge, Scope, etc.)

–     Types of project doc

NOW, YOU KNOW (1) WHERE TO LOOK FOR YOUR AREA, AND (2) HOW TO FIND AN UPCOMING CALL

3. MAKE A CONTACT
•    Use DISCOVERY Partner Search Tool to find a partner

•    Explore National Contact Point to follow up the application process and get more information

•     If a contact is provided, send an email (a summary of your interests and what you’ve just done in step 1 above)

•     If possible, visit them or chat on the phone

•     Get on their mailing list

NOW, YOU KNOW A CONTACT AND WHAT THEY CAN DO FOR YOU

4. ATTEND AN EVENT
•     Build contacts and network

•     Ask programme contacts for relevant events

•     Search online, for example DISCOVERY offers a collection of highly relevant events list.

–     Use Themes filter

–     Search by date – e.g. EC often host ‘info days’ 6 months prior to a deadline

•     Identify contacts/targets in advance

NOW, YOU KNOW WHERE TO FIND RELEVANT EVENTS AND HOW TO GET THER

5. FIND A PREVIOUS RELATED PROJECT
•     Search for keywords from your own research

•     Use DISCOVERY Partner Search Tool to locate relevant projects

•     Background research

–     Scope of work

–     Coordinators and partners

–     Search for them to see what else they’ve done and their track record

–     Better informed when going to an event

–     Language used

–     Targets identified

–     Knowledge of area

NOW, YOU KNOW (1) WHERE TO FIND PROJECTS OF INTEREST, (2) HOW TO FIND OUT THEIR SCOPE, SIZE, DURATION, BUDGET, NUMBER OF PARTNERS, AND (3) HOW TO CHECK THE TRACK RECORD OF POTENTIAL PARTNERS