Differences between IraSME and CORNET


  • The nature of the research topic

IraSME supports the development of rapidly marketable innovative products, processes and services.

CORNET finances Collective Research that solves common problems of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) of a branch. The research deals with pre-competitive topics, which includes broad publication after a project is completed.

  • The target group: SMEs with products improvement needs vs. SMEs with Collective Research problems

In IraSME the SMEs need to solve either a research and development problem that has significant technical risks or improve existing products, processes or technical services. The clearly describable project outcome has to show real market opportunities.

CORNET’s target group are SMEs with no or limited own research capacities, that need to solve common Collective Research problems.

  • Individual SMEs vs. Groups of SMEs

IraSME funds individual SMEs that can apply as a single entity or as a consortium.

CORNET provides funding for consortia of SMEs of a branch (at least 5 per country/region) that have a problem in common with their competitors and therefore join forces with them for a Collective Research project. The research work is performed by a research organisation.


Things in common between CORNET and IraSME


  • ERA-NET funding principle

Both initiatives follow the ERA-NET principle that every participant receives funding from his national or regional programme.

  • Bottom-up approach

Both initiatives allow submission of proposals that follow a bottom-up approach, e.g. research topics are not pre-defined and can be decided by applicants themselves.

  • Partnering Events

Twice a year CORNET and IraSME organise joint Partnering Events in changing locations. For more information subscribe to the CORNET Newsletter or check our Event section.