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EUREKA - UK Sweden

EUREKA collaborative R&D: UK Sweden aerospace 2020



UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £2.25 million to develop aerospace technology in partnership with businesses from Sweden and organisations from other EUREKA nations.

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The ATI Programme welcomes ideas covering all aspects of civil aerospace or aeronautics.

Your project must align with the national aerospace strategies of the UK and Sweden.

Your proposal must say how intellectual property (IP) can be used and shared between the participants and nations.

Your proposal must explain:

  • why this research is being conducted internationally
  • the benefit of participants from the 2 nations working together
  • how working internationally adds value
  • how your project contributes to sustainability in aerospace

Innovate UK reserves the right to apply a ‘portfolio’ approach for the selection of projects in this competition and is actively looking to fund across a variety of technologies.

The ATI Programme expects your project’s total eligible costs to be between £250,000 and £1.5 million. This includes costs from all partners, from the UK and Sweden.

Your project can last between 12 and 36 months and is expected to start between July 2020 and September 2020. The start date is dependent on the national funding procedures of the nations involved in the selected projects.

All organisations in your project must agree to start on the same date.

Projects must be collaborative.

UK registered organisations must sign up to the Aerospace Technology Institute Framework Agreement to allow for data sharing with the Aerospace Technology Institute.

If your project’s total costs, duration or start date 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. Innovate UK and Vinnova will decide whether to approve your request.

UK lead organisation

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

  • be a business, of any size
  • collaborate with at least one Sweden registered business, which must be a separate non-linked legal entity to the UK partners
  • follow the full process correctly

The organisations from EUREKA member nations must meet the funding and eligibility conditions of their respective nations. These will be published on the EUREKA calls for projects web page when this competition opens.

You can also collaborate with other businesses of any size, research organisationspublic sector organisations or charities as long as they are registered in the UK or another EUREKA member nation.

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

UK partners

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

No more than 70% of total eligible project costs can be claimed by a single nation or by all partners from a single participating nation collectively.


Your project can include subcontractors. Subcontractors must not account for more than 20% of each UK partner’s total eligible costs.

Partners not claiming funding

Your project can include partners that do not receive any of this competition’s funding. For UK participants not receiving funding, their costs will count towards the total eligible project costs and must be provided.

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

Your collaboration can include organisations from nations that are not the UK or Sweden provided:

  • they are from a EUREKA member nation
  • they have secured full funding elsewhere or can fund themselves
  • you describe in your application why and how they will be involved and where they have secured financing from


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’.

The ATI Programme has allocated up to £2.25 million to fund innovation projects in this competition.

Businesses of any size can get grant funding for your eligible project costs of up to 50%.

The UK registered research organisations in your consortium can share up to 30% of the UK total project grant. 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.

The ATI Programme will not fund projects that:

  • work exclusively on non-civilian applications
  • are not in scope
  • do not meet Innovate UK’s eligibility criteria
  • do not submit all mandatory documentation

do not include at least one UK registered business and one Sweden registered business

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.