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EUREKA collaborative R&D: Advanced materials, March 2020


UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £1million for advanced materials R&D projects partnering with EUREKA country organisations, including South Korea.

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, is investing up to £1 million to fund collaborative business led research and development (R&D) projects. These must result in a new product, industrial process or service. Projects must be innovative and involve a technological risk.

Your project must aim to develop one of the following:

  • Innovative products
  • Technology-based applications
  • Technology-based services

It must have high market potential in the participating regions and/or globally.

Projects must include at least one partner from one of the participating regions of the EUREKA call on advanced materials.

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This EUREKA competition specifically addresses advanced materials in order to improve both products and processes.

The product, process or service must:

  • Be innovative
  • Involve a technological risk
  • Have a civilian purpose

The project should:

  • Benefit all involved partners in a well-balanced consortium
  • Have an obvious advantage and added value resulting from the technological co-operation between the participants (such as increased knowledge base, commercial leads or access to research and development infrastructure)

Innovate UK reserves the right to apply a ‘portfolio’ approach based on the stated specific themes for the selection of projects in this competition.

Specific themes

Your collaborative R&D proposal must focus on one of these four themes:

  1. Semiconductors and display.
  2. Secondary batteries and sensor technology, including energy storage.
  3. Carbon industry and chemistry, including:
  • lightweight materials, composites and recycling of plastics
  • nano materials and plastic materials
  1. Machinery, robots, and metal industry.

Your total eligible project costs must be between £100,000 and £1million. This includes costs from all partners, from the UK and all other participating members. The total grant available to the UK applicants on the project is up to £350,000.

Your project can last up to three years and must start by 1 February 2021.

The start date may move to fit the national funding procedures of the regions involved in the selected projects.

Your project must be collaborative.

UK lead applicant

To lead a project as a UK registered organisation you must:

  • Be a business, of any size
  • Collaborate with at least one eligible partner from one of the participating regions of the EUREKA call for proposals for joint R&D projects on advanced materials listed below, which must be a separate non-linked legal entity to the UK partners
  • Follow the full process correctly

Innovate UK strongly welcome partnerships with companies from South Korea.

You can also collaborate with other UK-registered businesses of any size and UK-registered research organisations.

Research organisations cannot lead or work alone. They must be able to show how they will exploit the results of the project to grow the wider sector in the UK.

Eligible partner regions

Your project must include at least one organisation from one of the participating regions of the EUREKA call on advanced materials. These regions are:

  • Austria
  • Belgium: Flanders
  • Belgium: Wallonia
  • Canada
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Germany
  • Hungary
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Turkey

The organisations from these regions must meet the funding and eligibility conditions of their respective funding bodies. These will be provided in the call for proposals document on the EUREKA web page which will be published when this competition opens.

UK partners

Each partner must carry out the majority of its funded work within the country from which it receives funding, for example the UK for Innovate UK funding.

Projects must have a balanced contribution of the total eligible project costs among the partners from the participating regions. No more than 70% can be claimed by a single partner or by all partners from a single participating region collectively.

UK-registered organisations can also collaborate on applications led by organisations from one of the participating non-UK EUREKA member countries. UK registered partners can still claim funding from Innovate UK and must apply for this competition themselves. However, these collaborations must include at least one UK-registered business of any size.


Your project can include subcontractors but they must not account for more than 20% of the total eligible costs within the UK participation .

Partners not claiming funding

A non-grant claiming UK partner cannot lead on a project.

Your collaboration can include organisations from regions that are not part of the EUREKA call for proposals for joint R&D projects on advanced materials, including other EUREKA members, provided:

  • They have secured full funding elsewhere
  • You describe in your application why and how they will be involved and where they have secured funding from

Multiple applications

Any one UK-registered business can lead on one application and collaborate in a further two applications.

If a UK-registered business is not leading an application, they can collaborate in up to three applications.

A UK-registered research organisation can be a collaborator in any number of applications.


The terminology differs between EUREKA and Innovate UK. The lead applicant is responsible for the entire project but EUREKA uses the term ‘main participant’. For partners in the collaboration it uses ‘other participants’.

Innovate UK have allocated up to £1million to fund innovation projects in this competition.

Organisations that are primarily engaged in commercial or economic activity (known as selective advantage) as part of the project must ensure their request for funding does not exceed the limits defined below. This includes organisations that typically act non-economically but for the purpose of this project will be undertaking commercial or economic activity.

For industrial research projects, you could get funding for your eligible project costs of:

  • Up to 70% if you are a micro or small organisation
  • Up to 60% if you are a medium-sized organisation
  • Up to 50% if you are a large organisation

The UK-registered research organisations in your consortium can share up to 30% of the UK total eligible project costs. If your consortium contains more than one UK-registered research organisation, this maximum will be shared between them.

This competition provides state aid funding under article 25 of the General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER). It is your responsibility to make sure that your organisation is eligible to receive state aid.

Innovate UK will not fund projects that:

  • Work on non-civilian applications
  • Are not in scope
  • Do not meet Innovate UK’s eligibility criteria
  • Do not submit all mandatory documentation
  • Are not collaborative

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.

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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.