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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.

Project Submission Procedure

Phase 1: Abstract

Submit an extended abstract

Deadline: March 12, 2020 (12 o’clock noon)

Describe in your abstract:

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



Abstract Pitch

March 25-26,  2020



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: May 7, 2020 (12 o’clock noon)

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

Full Proposal Defense

June 8-9-10,  2020


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 (October 1, 2020).

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 (June 1, 2020). Funding of the imec research groups starts on October 1, 2020.


You can find all documents and templates here.

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