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Discover how the imec.icon program can help you kick-start your cooperative research project in the digital technologies and nano electronics.

Project Submission Procedure

The imec.icon project submission procedure consists of 2 phases. Get a detailed description of the entire procedure in the imec.icon manual.

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Phase 1: Abstract


Submit an extended abstract

Deadline: April 29, 2021

Describe in your abstract:

  • Project idea
  • Motivation of the demand-driven aspect
  • Members of the consortium
  • Expected outcome
  • Estimated effort of each partner 

Submission of Rebuttal

May 12, 2021

“Due to COVID-19 and the current safety measures, we have decided not to organise a physical pitch where the consortia can present their project to our panel. Instead, we will ask our panel to review your abstract and provide feedback/questions. The consortia will then have time until 19 October to submit a rebuttal to that.”


Go/No go decision

Based on the abstract, your pitch and the expert panel's advice, the imec Management Board accepts or rejects the project idea. Acceptance will come with an invitation to enter the second phase and submit a full proposal. Rejection means the procedure is halted.

Phase 2: Full proposal


Submit a full proposal

Deadline: July 1, 2021

The full proposal will be evaluated by international experts. Additionally, instruction meetings are held with imec, Agentschap Innoveren & Ondernemen and Innoviris.


Full Proposal Defense

September 29 – October 01, 2021

depending on the COVID-19 measures at that time”


Go/No Go decision

Based on the full proposal, your instruction meeting and the expert advice, the imec Management Board accepts or rejects the project idea.
Acceptance will come with an invitation start the project. Rejection means the procedure is halted.

Start of the project

Upon approval of your full proposal, the consortium gets permission to start its research at the official start date (1 January 2022)

If external partners wish to start earlier, they can do so at their own risk, from the first day of the month following the submission of an eligible full proposal (1 August, 2021). Funding of the imec research groups starts on 1 January, 2022.


You can find all documents and templates here.