Organisations can apply for a share of £3.9million, including VAT, to develop an autonomous, integrated toolkit to sort and segregate nuclear waste.
Projects in phase 1 must start by 1 March 2021 and can last up to three months.
Innovate UK expect projects to range in size with total costs of up to £60,000, including VAT.
To lead a project, you can:
- Be an organisation of any size
- Work alone or with others as subcontractors
Contracts will be awarded to a single legal entity only.
Due to the wide range of technologies required to provide a solution to this challenge, you are allowed to work with others as subcontractors where their special expertise is needed.
Subcontractors are allowed in this competition provided the work is procured through an open and transparent public tender. Any subcontracted work will be the responsibility of the main contractor (applicant) and you will be expected to justify subcontracting components of the work.
There is no limit on the number of applications you can make as the lead applicant. The applications you submit must be materially different. There is no limit on the number of applications an organisation can be named in as a subcontractor. If you are successful in more than one application you must be able to resource and successfully complete all contracts.
A total of up to £600,000, including VAT, is allocated to phase 1.
Innovate UK anticipate the phase 1 feasibility study R&D contracts will be up to £60,000, including VAT, for each project for up to three months. Innovate UK expect to fund up to 10 projects.
The total funding available for the competition can change. The funders have the right to:
- Adjust the provisional funding allocations between the phases
- Apply a ‘portfolio’ approach
To simplify payment processing and make it easier for your project to adapt around the current constraints of COVID 19, in phase 1 two payments will be made against milestones.
The first payment of 25% of the funding awarded will be dependent on the successful completion of the project kick off meeting and approval of the project plan.
The remaining 75% second payment will be awarded after the submission of the project end-of-phase report, which is your technical feasibility study.
Research and development
Your application must have at least 50% of the contract value attributed directly and exclusively to R&D services, including solution exploration and design. R&D can also include prototyping and field-testing the product or service. This lets you incorporate the results of your exploration and design and demonstrate that you can produce in quantity to acceptable quality standards.
R&D does not include:
- Commercial development activities such as quantity production
- Supply to establish commercial viability or to recover R&D costs already incurred
- Incremental adaptations and improvements to existing products or processes
SBRI competitions involve procurement of R&D services at a fair market value and are not subject to state aid criteria that typically apply to grant funding.
Innovate UK will not fund projects that cover:
- Development of new robots
- Development of new radiation sensors
- Additional size reduction or cutting of items
- Development of new technologies where solutions already exist and can be used
- Projects that do not fully meet the scope of the competition
- Projects that cannot complete a full-scale demonstration in a non-radioactive environment in phase 2 by January 2023
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.