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Argentina and Germany have agreed on an innovation partnership to promote research and development in small and medium-sized enterprises. Companies in the two countries and cooperating research establishments can apply for funding from today.

Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Peter Altmaier and Argentina’s Secretary Jorge Aguado presented the innovation partnership when they met during the 9th American Competitiveness Exchange (ACE) in Berlin.

The call for applications is open until 15 January 2019. The funding will go towards bilateral research and development projects. The results of the projects are to feed into new innovative products, services and more efficient processes. In Germany, the projects will be funded via ZIM, the Central Innovation Programme for SMEs.

The cooperation was finalised during the 9th ACE. Under the motto “Building Bridges”, the 9th ACE was held outside the American continent for the first time, taking place in Israel and Germany. Some 50 innovation stakeholders from 19 American countries joined with German and Israeli partners from science, commerce and government. The exchange programme led to new contacts, networks and cooperation between the representatives of the participating countries.