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Healthy ageing

Eureka: Healthy Ageing


Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, is investing up to £2 million to fund collaborative research and development (CR&D) projects focused on industrial research.

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Innovate UK will fund digital health and smart device projects that promote healthy ageing. They must meet one or more of these themes:

  • robotics
  • augmented or artificial intelligence
  • software as a medical device
  • wearables
  • medical devices
  • diagnostics
  • imaging
  • data analytics
  • sensors
  • apps

Projects must include at least one partner from one of the participating countries of the EUREKA Network. These countries are:

  1. France
  2. Spain
  3. Belgium
  4. Luxembourg
  5. Canada
  6. Malta
  7. Turkey
  8. Austria

The competition closes at 4pm UK time on the deadline stated.

The EUREKA project application must be completed by 5pm central European summer time (4pm UK time) on the deadline stated.

UK applicants can apply for total grant of up to £500,000 for each project.

Your project can last up to 2 years and is expected to start between 1 November 2020 and 31 March 2021. The start date is dependent on the national funding procedures of the countries involved in the selected projects.

If your project’s total grant or duration fall outside of our eligibility criteria, you must provide justification by email to support@innovateuk.ukri.org at least 10 days before the competition closes. We will decide whether to approve your request.

Projects must be collaborative. Whilst there is no limit on the total eligible project costs you must ensure that your projects total grant does not exceed £500,000 as your application will be made ineligible. You are able to check your total grant costs within your application in the finance summary table at the bottom of the funding sought column.

UK lead organisation

To lead an application as a UK registered organisation you must:

  • be a UK micro, small or medium sized enterprise (SME)
  • collaborate with at least one eligible partner from one of the EUREKA countries participating in this competition, listed in the summary
  • enter your costs during the application

UK partner organisations

All UK partners must enter their costs during the application.

To collaborate with the lead organisation as a UK organisation you must be a UK registered business of any size research organisationpublic sector organisation or charity.

Overall project team

The organisations from the EUREKA Network must meet the funding and eligibility conditions of their respective countries. These funding and eligibility conditions will be provided in the call for proposals document on the EUREKA web page which will be published when this competition opens. The partners from other participating EUREKA countries must apply for funding from their respective national funding bodies. All eligible project costs must be listed on the EUREKA application.

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

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.

We do not expect any employee to have roles in 2 or more organisations in the consortium.


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

Partners not claiming funding

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

Your collaboration can include organisations from countries that are not part of the EUREKA Network, including other EUREKA members, provided:

  • they have secured full funding elsewhere or are self-funding
  • you describe in your application why and how they will be involved and where they have secured financing from

Multiple applications

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

If a UK registered business is not leading an application, they can collaborate in up to 3 applications.

A UK registered research organisation, charity or public sector organisation can collaborate 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’

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

  • robotics
  • augmented or artificial intelligence
  • software as a medical device
  • wearables
  • medical devices
  • diagnostics
  • imaging
  • data analytics
  • sensors
  • apps

Innovate UK are not funding:

  • work on non-civilian applications
  • are not in scope
  • do not meet the eligibility criteria
  • do not submit all mandatory documentation

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.