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CELTIC – Spring 2019: Innovative 5G applications


UK organisations can apply for a share of up to £1million for 5G collaborative R&D projects in the EUREKA CELTIC programme.

The aim of this competition is to encourage the development of 5G in an international collaborative environment by helping UK organisations take part in the CELTIC programme.

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EUREKA is an intergovernmental organisation for market-driven transnational research and development projects. EUREKA’s clusters are long-term strategic industrial initiatives. The CELTIC cluster deals with telecommunications. CELTIC-NEXT is the cluster’s programme for the next 8 years (2019 to 2026).

Your project must focus on one of the following 2 overall themes:

  1. Innovative 5G infrastructure technologies, and in particular artificial intelligence (AI) in network operation or multi-access edge computing (MEC).
  2. Applications and services that use 5G networks to offer a new or improved user experience. This includes the development of 5G features in satellite networks or 5G applications and services integrating satellites. These projects are expected to consider security aspects.

Any UK business claiming funding must be eligible to receive state aid at the time it is confirmed you will be awarded funding.

Your project

Your project’s total UK eligible costs must be between £400,000 and £2million.

The SMEs in your consortium must receive at least 30% of the grant. If your consortium contains more than one SME, this minimum must be shared between them.

You should aim for a grant of around £500,000 for your project as there is funding for 2 projects.

Projects must start between October 2019 and December 2019 and end by October 2021. They can last between 12 and 24 months.

All project work must be carried out in the UK and you must intend to exploit the results from or in the UK.

Lead applicant

To lead a project you must:

The lead and at least one other UK organisation, applying as a partner, must claim funding.

Partners with no funding

The costs of UK partners not receiving funding will count towards the total eligible project costs but they will not count as collaborators. The cost of non-UK partners will not count towards total eligible project costs.

Multiple applications

Any one business can lead on one application and collaborate in a further 2 applications.

If a business is not leading an application, they can be a collaborator in up to 3 applications.

Research organisations, public sector organisations and charities can be a collaborator in any number of applications.

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.