02orgastructureTo be eligible to submit CORNET proposals, your country/region needs a structure of SME organisations, federations or other groups that are dealing with Collective Research. However, it is true that in some countries and regions it is difficult to find groupings of SMEs whose task is to define the research needs of their SME members, and to be part of Collective Research projects. There are several solutions:

1 ALLOW CLUSTERS TO SUBMIT PROPOSALS.
Cluster organisations are usually dynamic networks, which have SMEs and research organisations as their members. Therefore they are able to bundle the research needs of their SME members. For example, in Austria, Poland and Czech Republic, clusters are eligible to submit CORNET proposals.

2 ALLOW SO CALLED ‘AD HOC GROUPS’ TO SUBMIT PROPOSALS.
In Flanders, at least 10 SMEs are allowed to form a legal entity for the duration of a CORNET project. This ad hoc group is eligible to submit proposals without an SME association. Certain organisational tasks which would normally be performed by an SME association could also be taken over by the assigned research organisation (RTO). Additionally, the ad hoc group will be acting simultaneously as an SME User Committee.

3 ALLOW RESEARCH ORGANISATIONS TO BE PROVIDED WITH BUDGET.
In Poland, when there is no association, the RTO can get funding directly through the contract with the funding organisation. In most countries and regions, funding rules allow researchers to be provided with a budget.