UK registered businesses and Canadian SMEs can apply to collaborate on joint R&D projects that enable the transition to net zero for the automotive, rail, or maritime sectors.
Programme: Innovate UK
Award: Share of up to £4 million
Opens: 4th Apr 2022
Closes: 29th Jun 2022
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 £4 million in innovation projects. These will enable transition to net zero for the automotive, rail, or maritime transportation sectors.
The aim of this competition is to foster and support collaborative research and development (CR&D) through Canadian and UK partnerships.
Your joint Canadian and UK project must focus on innovations that enable transition to net zero transportation, for the automotive, rail, or maritime sectors. Your project can address on-vehicle, including locomotives, or on-vessel technologies, processes, or technology-based services.
This competition covers 4 themes in net zero on-vehicle or on-vessel technologies:
1. Low and zero emission propulsion.
2. Advanced sustainable materials and manufacturing.
3. Highly disruptive technologies.
4. Assistive technologies and control systems.
Technology transfer projects from other transport or energy sectors, or projects that span across multiple sectors are welcome.
A project in the automotive sector can cover both niche and mainstream on-road vehicles and off-road vehicles, including mopeds, motorcycles, passenger and goods vehicles and trailers, agricultural, construction vehicles, and special use vehicles.
A project in the rail sector can target all locomotive classes including those for freight and passenger carrying services and carriages.
A project in the maritime sector can include a range of ship types from small vessels to large cargo carriers.
Your project must:
Your application must focus on at least one of the following themes. If your project spans more than one theme, you must select the one that reflects the majority of work and clearly state the other themes within your application.
Your project can focus on one or more of the examples listed for each theme.
1. Low and zero emission propulsion:
2. Advanced sustainable materials and manufacturing:
3. Highly disruptive technologies:
4. Assistive technologies and control systems:
Canadian funding applicants are required to register and submit an Expression of Interest (EoI) before being eligible to apply for this competition.
The registration deadline for Canadian SMEs is 9 May 2022.
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.
Your project must:
Projects should have a balanced contribution of the total eligible project costs among the partners from the participating partner countries.
No one country or project partner can represent more than 70% of the total project cost.
The majority of the project work must be undertaken in the UK and Canada.
Your proposal must demonstrate a clear intention to commercially exploit the results of the project domestically or globally.
To lead a project your organisation must be either:
Your collaboration must include at least one grant claiming UK registered sme and one eligible Canadian registered SME.
Academic institutions and research and technology organisations (RTOs) cannot lead.
To collaborate with the lead, your organisation must be one of the following:
Subcontractors are allowed in this competition, but are limited to no more than 20% of your organisation’s total eligible costs.
You cannot use a previously submitted application to apply for this competition.
Innovate UK are not funding projects that:
Selected collaborative R&D projects will be eligible to receive funding from their respective national funding body. Up to £2 million and up to CA$3 million, an equivalent of £4 million in total, has been allocated to fund innovation projects in this competition. Funding will be in the form of a grant.
If the majority of 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.
For industrial research projects, you could get funding for your eligible project costs of:
For experimental development projects which are nearer to market, you could get funding for your eligible project costs of:
Research participation for UK organisations
UK research organisations undertaking non-economic activity as part of the project can share up to 30% of the UK’s total grant requested. If your consortium contains more than one research organisation undertaking non-economic activity, this maximum is shared between them.
Of that 30% 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% reimbursement of eligible project costs.
Canadian SME applicants must be registered as NRC IRAP clients to be considered for funding through this competition.
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