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:
Strategic Areas: Wireless and Cyber Security, Electronics and Embedded Systems 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.
Technology-Trend Areas: Mobile Applications and Computing, Cloud Computing, Data Analytics and Big Data, Internet of Things (IoT), Gamification, Cognitive Computing, Smart Machines, .Blockchain, and Virtual and Augmented Reality.
Demand-Driven Areas: Determined based on specific needs of governmental bodies, ministries, governorates, etc.
We encourage proposals incorporating open source technologies and software-defined technologies. We updated the above areas based on global technological reports and national needs.