UK registered businesses and Canadian SMEs can apply to collaborate on joint research and development projects. These will advance the development of quantum technologies and enable their commercial use cases.
Programme: Innovate UK
Award: Share of up to £6 million
Opens: 21st Nov 2022
Closes: 19th Apr 2023
Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, will work with the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP) to invest a total of up to £6 million in innovation projects. These will enable the advancement of quantum technologies and their commercial use cases.
The aim of this competition is to strengthen collaborative research and development (CR&D) through Canadian and UK partnerships towards commercialising quantum technologies.
Your project must demonstrate:
We particularly encourage projects that:
Your project must focus on one or more of the following:
Your project must:
You must only include eligible project costs in your application.
Under current restrictions, this competition will not fund any procurement, commercial, business development or supply chain activity with any Russian and Belarusian entity as lead, partner or subcontractor. This includes any goods or services originating from a Russian and Belarusian source.
Canada specific rules
Canadian funding applicants are required to register and submit an Expression of Interest (EoI) to the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP). You must be successful with your EoI before being eligible to apply for this competition.
The EoI registration deadline for Canadian SMEs is 31 January 2023 and the submission deadline is 15 February 2023.
Canadian funding applicants who do not complete an EoI and have not been invited to proceed will not be eligible for funding through this competition.
Please see the NRC IRAP competition page for more information in English and French on Canadian eligibility requirements and to register when the EoI opens on 21 November 2022.
To lead a project your organisation must be either:
More information on the different types of UK organisations can be found in our Funding rules.
Academic institutions and research and technology organisations (RTOs) cannot lead.
To collaborate with the lead, your organisation must be one of the following:
Each partner organisation must be invited into the Innovation Funding Service by the lead to collaborate on a project. Once accepted, partners will be asked to login or to create an account and UK registered organisations must enter their own project costs into the Innovation Funding Service.
To be an eligible collaboration, at least one eligible business from the UK must apply for funding when entering their costs into the application and partner with at least one eligible Canadian SME.
In the collaboration, no single partner or country can represent more than 70% of total grant.
Applicants from UK academic institutions or RTOs cannot claim more than 50% of the UK’s total grant requested.
Your project can include partners that do not receive any of this competition’s funding. Their costs must be included in the total project costs.
Canadian project participants who are not eligible for funding (including researchers from the National Research Council of Canada) are welcome to collaborate as additional participants on a self‑funded basis or as subcontractors.
Subcontractors are allowed in this competition.
For UK organisations, the cost of subcontractors is limited to no more than 20% of your organisation’s total eligible costs.
All subcontractors must be selected through your usual procurement process.
You can use subcontractors from UK, Canada and other countries but must make the case in your application as to why you could not use suppliers from the countries providing grant funding for the project.
You must provide a detailed rationale and evidence of the potential UK or Canadian contractors you approached, with the reasons why they were unable to work with you. We will not accept a cheaper cost as a sufficient reason to use a subcontractor from a third country.
All subcontractor costs must be justified and appropriate for the project.
You cannot use a previously submitted application to apply for this competition.
Innovate UK are not funding projects that are:
Innovate UK cannot fund projects that are:
Up to £3 million from Innovate UK and up to CA$ 4.5 million from the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP), an equivalent of £6 million, has been allocated to fund innovation projects in this competition. Funding will be in the form of a grant.
Selected CR&D projects will be eligible to receive funding from their respective national funding body.
If your organisation’s work on the project is commercial or economic, your funding request must not exceed the limits below. These limits apply even if your organisation normally acts non-economically but for the purpose of this project will be undertaking commercial or economic activity.
For feasibility studies and industrial research projects, you could get funding for your eligible project costs of:
The research organisations undertaking non-economic activity as part of the project can share up to 50% of the total grant request. If your consortium contains more than one research organisation undertaking non-economic activity, this maximum is shared between them. Of that 50% you could get funding for your eligible project costs of up to:
NRC IRAP will provide a maximum contribution of up to CA$500,000 to each eligible Canadian SME participating in the project. Canadian SMEs may receive up to 50% funding of eligible project costs.
Canadian SME applicants must be registered as NRC IRAP clients to be considered for funding through this competition. Please see the NRC IRAP competition page for more information in English and French when the EoI competition opens on 21 November 2022.
Book an appointment to speak to one of our advisors to discuss your eligibility to apply for this Grant Funding opportunity.