From Shed to Shelf
Collaborative Funded Projects, one of ITAC's programs, move a product concept out of the ideas shed, through the proof-of-concept and prototyping stages, until it turns into a complete product ready to hit the market.
Opening and closing points of each project can be defined as follows:
Proof-of-concept is the solid work published by the applicants in a journal, a patent owned by the applicants, or promising preliminary results of the proposed research or methodology.
Prototype is a working but not necessarily complete product. It may still need additional research for improving its output, lack some features, or need customization for specific applications.
Final product should satisfy all specifications of a commercial product and should be ready to bring to market by the end of PDP period.
IT Academia Collaboration finances three categories of collaborative funded projects, CFPs: product development projects (PDP), advanced research projects (ARP) and preliminary research projects (PRP).
The research component, a key element within these projects, requires synergy between the ICT industry partners and the Egyptian IT universities or research institutes. The roles of the academic principal investigator (also known as PI) and the industrial partner (IP) should be clearly defined in the proposals submitted by applicants.
Submitted proposals should lie within the following areas:
for ICT Applications, ICT for Homeland Security,
ICT for Transportation,
ICT for Health,
ICT for Agriculture,
ICT for the Disabled,
ICT for Education, and
ICT for Energy.
Mobile Applications and
Data Analytics and
Internet of Things (IoT),
Demand-Driven Areas: Determined based on specific needs of
We encourage proposals incorporating
open source technologies and
software-defined technologies. We updated the above areas based on global technological reports and national needs.
An applicant should follow a range of processes to obtain ITAC funds. Please refer to Resources section listed under guides and templates.
ITAC also schedules events for candidates before CFPs submission window opens. WriteIT is a range of seminars and webinars ITAC holds before launching new CFP rounds. These tackle queries by stakeholders and brief attendants on the Collaboration's programs.
The eligibility criteria to benefit from ITAC funding custom-made for collaborative funded projects are:
· The Principal Investigator, referred to as PI, along with the research team must be from Egyptian universities or research institutes. This PI must hold a PhD and have publication or patent in the proposal topic
· The Industrial Partner, known as IP, must be an Egyptian established ICT company
registered in ITIDA database
· The IP is eligible to submit only
one proposal per round
· Unlock research potential in local universities and tech institutes
· Develop research capabilities in research centers within companies
· Create innovative, yet competitive products for both society and marketplace
· Connect scientific research institutes with industry entities
· Boost the national income
ITAC beneficiaries include local ICT enterprises, universities and research centers.
Collaborative funded projects, CFPs, conducted between companies and research bodies:
Preliminary research project; starts as an idea and ends at a proof-of-concept. PRPs receive funding up to
Advanced research project; is the progress of proof-of-concept into a prototype. ARPs get a funding amounted at
EGP 1,500,000 (a partial reimbursement)
Product development project; develops a prototype into a product. The funding of PDPs is up to
EGP 2,500,000 (a partial reimbursement)
ITAC Calendar 2018
||Submission opens on
||Submission closes on
|CFP Round 24
||April 1, 2018
|| April 30, 2018
|CFP Round 25*
||October 1, 2018
||October 31, 2018
*Round 25 submission window for Collaborative Research Projects proposals will open from October 1, 2018 and will close on October 31, 2018 with new deadlines depending on the CFP type as follow:
PRP submission deadline: October 14, 2018 at 3 PM.
ARP submission deadline: October 22, 2018 at 3 PM.
PDP submission deadline: October 31, 2018 at 3 PM.
Please refer to Resources section listed under guides and templates.
ITAC accepts proposals for these types of projects within the frame of rounds or calls announced around the year on our webpage. Applicants can submit full proposals within the submission windows before the deadlines of each project category. Candidates seeking partners can submit ITAC MatchIT (pre-ARP and pre-PDP) proposals at any time.
Submit your proposal using
ITAC Proposal Submission Form
Read the updated
Guides, Templates and Publications
Quick Guide to CFP Submission Process
Evaluation Process Timeline
Quick Guide to CFP Funding Process
Guides and Templates
Funded Projects Guide
Key Success Indicators
Reports and Presentations
List of Collaborative Funded Projects (R1:R23)
ITAC Presentation: July 2018
ITAC Newsletter Issue number 29 (September 2018)
ITAC Newsletter Issue number 28 (June 2018)