UK registered organisations, in collaboration with Canadian organisations, can apply for a share of up to £6.5 million for collaborative research and development projects, resulting in innovative solutions for the plant-based protein sector.
Programme: Innovate UK
Award: Share of up to £6.5 million
Opens: 18th Sep 2023
Closes: 1st Nov 2023
Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, will work with Protein Industries Canada (PIC) to invest up to £6.5 million in innovation projects.
The aim of this Expression of Interest (EoI) competition is to find the best proposals to be put forward to the full application stage of the competition.
The aim of the full stage competition is to support the development of the plant-based protein sector. The objective is to meet global consumer demands for alternative proteins and to create export opportunities for the technologies, products and services developed.
Your project must include the use of plant-based proteins from crops that have potential for deployment at scale across Canadian and UK food and feed supply chains. This can include, but is not limited to:
Your project can consider innovations that utilise high-protein crops in combination with other plant-based proteins, for example potato and hemp. You can also consider other innovations that help enhance plant-based products, including oils or fats derived from cellular or acellular fermentation.
Your proposal must focus on one or more of these five areas:
Your UK project must:
Projects must always start on the first of the month and this must be stated within your application. Your project start date will be reflected in your grant offer letter if you are successful.
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.
Your project must have a balanced contribution of the total eligible project costs among the partners from the participating partner countries. No more than 70% of the total project costs can be claimed by partners from a single participating country.
Innovate UK and Protein Industries Canada (PIC) will decide whether to approve your request.
If you have not requested approval or your application has not been approved by us, you will be made ineligible. Your application will then not be progressed.
To lead a UK project your organisation must:
The consortium must include at least three businesses. All businesses in a consortium must be separate legal and non-linked entities. This is to ensure that projects encourage genuine international collaboration, not internal company research. Linked companies are considered a single entity under the parent company.
Academic institutions and RTOs cannot lead.
To collaborate with the lead, your organisation must be one of the following UK registered:
Each UK partner organisation must be invited into the Innovation Funding Service by the lead to collaborate on a project. Once partners have accepted the invitation, they will be asked to login or to create an account in the Innovation Funding Service. They are responsible for entering their own project costs in the application.
You must not invite your collaborating Canadian partners onto the Innovate UK’s IFS application platform. Their involvement in the project is listed as part of your answers to the questions.
PIC eligibility criteria is available on the PIC website in English and French.
UK participants must be part of an application submitted to Innovate UK. Canadian partners must submit a parallel application to the PIC programme.
UK applications will be assessed by Innovate UK. Your Canadian partners’ proposal is reviewed by PIC. Innovate UK and PIC are responsible for the decision to progress your EoI proposal to the full stage. There is no funding in this stage; funding will be awarded in the full stage.
UK participants will receive grant funding from Innovate UK and Canadian participants will receive grant funding from PIC.
Your project can include partners that do not receive any of this competition’s funding.
Subcontractors are allowed in this competition.
Subcontractors can be from anywhere in the UK and Canada and you must select them through your usual procurement process.
You can use subcontractors from other countries, but you must make the case in your application as to why you could not use suppliers from the UK or Canada.
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 to the total project costs.
Number of applications
A UK registered business can only lead on one application but can be included as a collaborator in two further applications.
If a UK registered business is not leading any application, it can collaborate in up to three applications.
An academic institution, research and technology organisation (RTO), charity, not for profit or public sector organisation can collaborate on any number of applications.
You cannot use a previously submitted application to apply for this competition.
Innovate UK are not funding projects that:
Innovate UK cannot fund projects that are:
Up to £6.5 million from Innovate UK and CA$10 million from Protein Industries Canada (PIC) has been allocated to fund innovation projects in the Full Stage Application (FSA) of this competition. Funding will be in the form of a grant.
Each country will fund its eligible participants according to their national procedure and funding rules. Funding conditions and eligibility criteria may vary between UK and Canada.
No more than 70% of the total project costs can be claimed by partners from a single participating country.
As a UK partner, 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:
For experimental development projects which are nearer to market, 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 30% of the total eligible project costs. 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:
Canadian partners must hold a current PIC membership. To receive any grant funding in the full stage competition and continue as a feasible project, the project proposal must be successful on both sides of the consortium.
Canadian organisations must apply through the PIC website by the 1 November 2023.
Book an appointment to speak to one of our advisors to discuss your eligibility to apply for this Grant Funding opportunity.