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
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
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