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EUREKA GlobalStars Taiwan digital industrial collaborations

Overview:

UK-registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £865,000 to develop collaborative innovation projects in partnership with organisations from participating EUREKA members and GlobalStars countries.

This competition is for UK businesses that want to apply to the Globalstars EUREKA call. Please visit the EUREKA call for proposals web page if you are not a UK applicant.

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, is investing up to £865,000 to fund collaborative research and development (CR&D) projects focused on industrial research.

The aim of this competition is to identify collaborators and collaboration projects between UK and Taiwanese businesses.

Innovate UK will fund projects enabling UK industrial digital companies to access, collaborate with and find new markets in Taiwan.

Your project must have high market potential and develop at least one of the following:

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

Projects must include at least one partner from the UK and Taiwan. Projects can include other partners from one of the EUREKA members participating in the competition.

Projects must have 50% co-investment in place.

UK applicants can apply for total grant of up to £300,000 for each project.

Open Date:

13/09/2021

Close Date:

15/12/2021

The aim of this competition is to facilitate collaboration between UK and Taiwanese businesses and encourage innovation and deployment of novel digital technologies for manufacturing.

Your project must identify collaborators and collaboration projects between UK and Taiwanese businesses.

Your collaborative R&D proposal must demonstrate:

  • A clear game-changing or disruptive innovative idea leading to new products, processes, or services
  • A strong and deliverable business plan that addresses and documents market potential and needs
  • Sound, practical financial plans, and timelines
  • Good value for money, which will always be a consideration in Innovate UK funding decisions
  • A clear, evidence-based plan to deliver significant economic impact, return on investment (ROI) and growth through commercialisation, as soon as possible after project completion
  • Clear, considerable potential to significantly benefit the UK economy or national productivity
  • The benefit of participants from the countries working together and how this adds value
  • A clear definition of where intellectual property (IP) can be used and shared between the participants and countries
  • A clear route to market within two to three years of project completion

Innovate UK want to fund a portfolio of projects, across a variety of technologies, markets, technological maturities, and research categories.

Specific themes

Your project must focus on one or more of the following:

  • Smart manufacturing
  • Sensing
  • Chemicals
  • Industrial Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Artificial intelligence (AI)
  • Virtual and augmented reality
  • Robotics and automation
  • Additive manufacturing
  • Machine learning
  • Big data
  • Wider digital technologies, including block chain and enterprise architecture
  • Industrial digital technology capability and capacity in both the UK and Taiwan
  • Enabling continued growth in key Taiwanese manufacturing sectors, including electronics, energy, and smart machinery
  • Key sectors including: pharmaceuticals, energy offshore wind, smart machinery, food and drink

UK applicants can apply for total grant of up to £300,000 for each project.

Your project can:

  • Start by 1 August 2022
  • End by 31 July 2024
  • Last from 3 to 24 months

Your project must be collaborative.

EUREKA terminology and roles

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

Even if the project lead is from a participating EUREKA member other than the UK, the UK registered partners can still claim funding from Innovate UK. These collaborations must include at least one UK registered SME.

UK lead applicant

The UK-registered partners in your EUREKA project must nominate one business, of any size, to start an Innovate UK application. Innovate UK refer to them as the ‘lead organisation’ and the person nominated by that one business to have overall responsibility for the application, as the ‘lead applicant’.

The lead applicant has an overall view of the application and must:

  • Start the application
  • Monitor the partners’ application progress
  • Make sure all UK partners complete their parts of the application
  • Click submit once the application is complete

The lead organisation must:

  • Be a UK-registered business, of any size
  • Involve at least one UK registered SME, if the lead is not an SME
  • Collaborate with at least one Taiwan registered organisation

The UK-registered SME in your consortium must incur at least half of the UK total eligible project costs. If your consortium contains more than one UK SME, this minimum is shared between them

Overseas partners

The UK lead applicant must collaborate with at least one organisation from a EUREKA member or Globalstars country participating in the competition. It must be a separate legal entity, not linked to the UK partners.

You can also collaborate with other participating EUREKA members.

Overall EUREKA project team

The organisations from participating EUREKA members must meet the funding and eligibility conditions of their respective national funding bodies. These will be published on the EUREKA call for proposals web page when this competition opens. These organisations must apply through their own funding bodies and not through the Innovation Funding Service.

Each partner must carry out the majority of their funded work within the EUREKA member from which they receive funding, for example the UK for Innovate UK funding.

There must be a genuine collaboration. No more than 50% of the total eligible project costs can be claimed by a single partner or by all partners from a single participating EUREKA member collectively.

The consortium must include at least two businesses that are independent from each other.

UK project team

The UK lead applicant can collaborate with:

  • UK-registered businesses of any size, academic institutions, charities, not-for-profits, public sector organisations, or research technology organisations (RTO)
  • Additional eligible partners from EUREKA members or GlobalStars countries participating in the competition

UK 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.

Subcontractors

Subcontractors are allowed in this competition, but they must not account for more than 20% of the UK partners’ total eligible costs. Subcontractors can be from anywhere in the UK. Where subcontractors are non-UK based, please justify why you are unable to use a UK alternative.

Innovate UK would expect subcontractor costs to be justified and appropriate to the total eligible project costs.

Partners not claiming funding

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

Your collaboration can include organisations from EUREKA members that are not participating in this funding competition provided:

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

Number of applications

A business, can only lead on one application but can be included as a collaborator in a further two applications.

If an organisation is not leading any application, it can collaborate in any number of applications.

Previous applications

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

Innovate UK will not award you funding if you have:

Subsidy control (and State aid where applicable)

This competition provides funding in line with the UK’s obligations and commitments to Subsidy Control.

Further information about the UK Subsidy Control requirements can be found within the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation agreement and the subsequent guidance from the department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Innovate UK is unable to award organisations that are considered to be in financial difficulty. Innovate UK will conduct financial viability and eligibility tests to confirm this is not the case following the application stage.

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

Further Information

If you are unsure about your obligations under the UK Subsidy Control regime or the State aid rules, please take independent legal advice.

You must make sure at all times that the funding awarded to you is compliant with all current Subsidy Control legislation applicable in the United Kingdom.

This aims to regulate any advantage granted by a public sector body which threatens to or actually distorts competition in the United Kingdom or any other country or countries.

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 £865,000 to fund innovation projects in this competition.

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

  • Up to 50% if you are an SME
  • Up to 40% if you are a large business

Your project must have a minimum of 50% co-investment in place.

The UK-registered research organisations in your consortium can share up to 50% of the UK total eligible project costs. If your consortium contains more than one UK research organisation, this maximum will be shared between them.

Of that 50% you could get funding for your eligible project costs of up to:

  • 80% of full economic costs (FEC) if you are a Je-s registered institution such as an academic
  • 100% of your eligible project costs if you are an RTO, charity, non-profit organisation, public sector organisation or research organisation

Innovate UK will not fund projects that:

  • Develop defence or military technologies
  • Have a detrimental impact on the competitiveness of UK industrial digital technologies (IDT) or smart manufacturing capability and capacity
  • Focus on semiconductors
  • Are not in scope
  • Do not meet Innovate UK’s eligibility criteria
  • Do not submit all mandatory documentation
  • Are dependent on export performance – for example, giving a subsidy to a baker on the condition that they export a certain quantity of bread to another country
  • Are dependent on domestic inputs usage – for example, if they insisted that a baker 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.