UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £5 million to develop innovative proposals with India. This funding is from Innovate UK.
Programme: Innovate UK
Award: Share of up to £5 million
Opens: 31st May 2023
Closes: 6th Sep 2023
Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £5 million in innovation projects in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India.
The aim of this competition is to fund collaborative research and development (CR&D) projects between the UK and India focused on sustainability.
Your project must demonstrate:
Your project must focus on one or both of the following themes.
Sustainable materials and manufacturing
Your project must focus on at least one of these areas:
Power electronics, machines and drives
Your project must focus on one or more of these areas:
Your project must:
UK project partners must carry out the majority of their project work in the UK and intend to exploit the results from or in the UK.
The consortium must include at least one business registered in India that is a separate legal entity, not linked to the UK partners.
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.
Projects must represent genuine partnerships. No more than 70% of the total work packages can be delivered by any single partner or by all partners from a single participating country.
You must only include eligible project costs in your application.
The UK government has suspended publicly funded research and innovation collaborations with Russia.
In line with UK government policy, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) will not enter or support any collaboration with partners which involve collaborations with a Russian entity as a third party, where there is any strategic benefit to the Russian State. This includes sourcing any goods or services originating from Russia.
We recognise partner countries’ approach towards Russia’s invasion of Ukraine may differ from our own and respect the right of our partners to choose who they partner with.
To lead a project your organisation must:
Your project can include partners that do not receive any of this competition’s funding. Their costs will count towards the total project costs.
Subcontractors are allowed in this competition, but they are limited to no more than 20% of the total eligible costs of the UK participation.
Subcontractors can be from anywhere in the UK and you must select them through your usual procurement process.
All subcontractor costs must be justified and appropriate to the total project costs.
A UK registered business can lead on one application but can be included as a collaborator in a further 2 applications.
If a UK registered business is not leading any application, it can collaborate in up to 3 applications.
A UK registered academic institution or RTO can collaborate on any number of applications.
You can use a previously submitted application to apply for this competition.
Innovate UK will not fund projects that:
Innovate UK cannot fund projects that are:
Up to £5 million has been allocated to fund UK participants in innovation projects for this competition. Funding will be in the form of a grant.
If your UK registered 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:
DST will provide funding support for the Indian partners of up to 50% of eligible project costs.
For more information on company sizes, please refer to the company accounts guidance. This is a change from the EU definition unless you are applying under State aid.
If you are applying for an award funded under State aid Regulations, the definitions are set out in the European Commission Recommendation of 6 May 2003.
Research participation for UK organisations
The UK 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.
For UK registered research organisations, of that 30% you could get funding for your eligible project costs of up to:
Book an appointment to speak to one of our advisors to discuss your eligibility to apply for this Grant Funding opportunity.