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Analysis for Innovators (A4I) Round 6

Overview:

UK-registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £3million to resolve productivity issues by working with the best scientists and research facilities. This funding is from Innovate UK.

Up to £3million in small collaborative innovation projects will be invested by:

  • Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation
  • The National Physical Laboratory (NPL)
  • The National Measurement Laboratory at LGC (formerly known as the Laboratory of the Government Chemist)
  • The National Engineering Laboratory (NEL)
  • The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)

The aim of this competition is to match the best UK scientists and cutting-edge facilities with businesses that have analysis or measurement problems.

Your proposal must describe a measurement or analysis problem, that will help improve your businesses productivity or competitiveness and an estimate of the value to your business of solving it.

This is an expression of interest (EoI) competition stage. No funding is awarded at this stage.

Successful applicants at this EoI stage will be invited to brokerage consultations with relevant analysis for innovators (A4I) partners. These will focus on how to approach solving their problem. They will also work together to propose joint projects to develop solutions.

Successful stage 2 applications will be grant funded, through special drawing rights funding, to work with the relevant funding partner organisations.

The total eligible costs of projects funded in stage two must be no more than £50,000.

Open Date:

29/07/2021

Close Date:

18/08/2021

The aim of this competition is to help businesses address their existing analysis and measurement problems. These are problems that are best explored by scientists and cutting-edge facilities available in the UK.

You must outline what you consider to be the benefits of solving your problem, such as improved productivity or competitiveness.

Innovate UK will only consider problems that:

  • Are related to the measurement or analysis of some quantities or properties of an existing process, product or service
  • Are not effectively solvable by simple ‘off the shelf’ methods or techniques

You must outline any methods and attempts that you have previously tried to address the problem. Do not propose how the problem should be solved.

Analysis problems cannot be simply software related, for example pure data analysis.

As part of your application, you must include a short video, up to two minutes long. This must be uploaded to Vimeo and provided as an unlisted link in your application. If we are unable to view your video or it is not hosted on Vimeo, your application will be made ineligible.

Innovate UK want to fund a portfolio of projects, across a variety of technologies, markets, and sectors.

Your project in stage two must:

  • Have total eligible costs of up to £50,000
  • Start by 1 January 2022
  • End by 31st March 2022
  • Last up to three months
  • Carry out all of its project work in the UK
  • Intend to exploit the results from or in the UK
  • Involve at least one of the A4I co-funding partner organisations

To lead a project, your organisation must:

  • Be a UK-registered business micro, small or medium-sized enterprise (SME)

Subcontractors

Subcontractors are not allowed in this competition.

Number of applications

A business can only lead on one application in this round of the competition.

Previous applications

You cannot use a previously submitted application to apply for this competition.

Innovate UK will not award you funding if you have:

Special Drawing Rights (and De minimis where applicable)

The UK-EU Trade Cooperation Agreement (TCA) has agreed on small funding allowances under the Special Drawing Rights (SDRs).

These are for awards up to SDR of 325,000 (approximately £335,000) given to a single beneficiary over a rolling three fiscal year period.

You must complete and provide Innovate UK with a declaration as part of your response.

The declaration asks you to tell Innovate UK about any awards, including those made under De minimis and SDR, (from any source of public funding) over a rolling three fiscal year period.

If you have received an award under De minimis for the same period, this will be added to your total allowance under SDR. This means that the total award must not exceed approximately £335,000 (325,000 SDR) for any one organisation. You must declare this allowance to any other funding body who requests it.

EU Commission rules now only apply in limited circumstances. Please see the general guidance to check if these rules apply to your organisation.

Further information

Further information about the UK Subsidy Control requirements can be found within the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation agreement and the subsequent BEIS guidance. Or you can see the general guidance on Special Drawing Rights and EU de minimis awards.

If you are unsure about your obligations under the UK Subsidy Control regime or the De minimis rules, you should take independent legal advice. Innovate UK cannot advise on individual eligibility or your legal obligations.

If there are any changes to the above requirements that mean Innovate UK need to change the terms of this competition, they will tell you as soon as possible.

Innovate UK have allocated up to £3million to fund innovation projects in stage 2 of this competition.

Funding of projects in stage two will be through special drawing rights, covering 100% of eligible costs.

For more information on company sizes, please refer to the Company accounts guidance. This is a change from the EU definition unless you are applying under European Commission De minimis.

If you are applying for an award funded under European Commission Regulations, the definitions are set out in the European Commission Recommendation of 6 May 2003.

Innovate UK will not consider problems that are:

  • Not measurement or analysis problems
  • Ones they consider to be resolvable with easily available methods, such as those that do not require any innovative or cutting-edge science or facilities
  • Solely computer software analysis problems, such as algorithms to analyse objects
  • Not related to a company’s existing processes, products or services
  • Projects that involve primary production in fishery and aquaculture
  • Projects that involve primary production in agriculture
  • Projects not allowed under De minimis regulation restrictions
  • Projects not allowed under Special Drawing Rights (SDR)
  • Activities relating to the purchase of road freight transport
  • Projects dependent on export performance – for example, giving an award to a baker on the condition that they export a certain quantity of bread to another country
  • Projects that are dependent on domestic inputs usage – for example, if an award was given to a baker on the condition that they use 50% UK flour in their product

Cresco Innovation works with companies to develop and implement innovation strategies. We help client companies identify opportunities to develop new products and services, and then create a package of support to ensure that the idea is turned into a commercial reality.

Our services include securing grants (as a team we have raised around £40million over three years), business planning, IP advice, access to finance and funders, project management and IP commercialisation support.

We regularly act as the interface with the funding bodies and help clients ensure that their projects are properly managed to ensure the best outcome for all.

Call to find out more

If you’d like to know more about this competition, please give us a call on 01509 261182 and one of our team will be delighted to help you access this funding opportunity for your business.