Eureka Eurostars 3: call 1

Key Features

UK registered SME’s can apply for a share of up to £2.5million to develop collaborative research in partnership with organisations from participating Eureka Eurostars member countries.

Programme:     Innovate UK

Award:     Share of up to £2.5 million

Opens: 2nd Sep 2021

Closes: 4th Nov 2021

! This scheme is now closed

Overview

This competition is for UK micro, small or medium sized enterprises (SMEs) that want to apply to the Eurostars Programme 3, call 1.

Please visit the Eureka call for proposals web page.

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, is investing up to £2.5 million to fund collaborative research and development (CR&D) projects focused on industrial research.

Your project must have high market potential and develop at least one of the following:

  • innovative products
  • technology-based applications
  • technology-based services

In applying to this competition, you are entering into a competitive process.

Scope

Your collaborative research and development (R&D) proposal must demonstrate:

  • a clear game-changing or disruptive innovative idea leading to new products, processes or services
  • a strong and deliverable business plan that addresses (and documents) market potential and needs
  • sound, practical financial plans and timelines
  • good value for money, which will always be a consideration in Innovate UK funding decisions
  • a clear, evidence-based plan to deliver significant economic impact, return on investment (ROI) and growth through commercialisation, as soon as possible after project completion
  • clear, considerable potential to significantly benefit the UK economy and/or national productivity
  • the benefit of participants from the countries working together and how this adds value
  • a clear definition of where intellectual property (IP) can be used and shared between the participants and countries
  • a clear route to market within 2 years of project completion or the commencement of clinical trials if applicable

Eligibility

State aid

Any UK registered SME requesting grant funding must be eligible to receive state aid at the time of application. If you are unsure please take legal advice. For further information see our general guidance.

Your project

To apply, you must fulfil seven eligibility criteria:

  1. Your consortium is led by an innovative SME from a Eurostars country.
  2. Your consortium includes at least two independent entities.
  3. Your consortium includes entities from at least two Eurostars countries, the entities concerned must be independent from each other.
  4. The budget of the SME(s) from a Eurostars country, excluding subcontracting, is 50% or more of the total project cost.
  5. No single participant or country is responsible for more than 70% of the project budget.
  6. The project duration is 36 months or less.
  7. The project has an exclusively civilian purpose.

UK registered SME’s can apply for total grant of up to 360,000 euros for each eligible UK project partner or 60% of total eligible project costs, whichever is the least.

Your project can last up to 36 months.

Your project start date depends on the national funding procedures of the Eureka Eurostars members involved in the selected projects.

Projects must be collaborative.

The UK applicant can also collaborate with:

  • other UK registered businesses of any size
  • UK registered research organisations

Subcontractors are allowed in this competition, but they must not account for more than 20% of the UK partners’ total eligible costs. Subcontractors can be from anywhere in the UK.

You can use a previously submitted application to apply for this competition.

 

Exclusions

Innovate UK will not fund projects that:

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

Innovate UK will not award you funding if you have:

  • failed to exploit a previously funded project
  • an overdue independent accountant’s report
  • failed to comply with grant terms and conditions

Funding Costs

Innovate UK have allocated up to £2.5million to fund innovation projects in this competition.

You could get funding for your eligible project costs of:

  • up to 60% if you are a micro or small business
  • up to 60% if you are a medium-sized business

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