UK businesses with Canadian partners can apply for a share of up to £2 million from Innovate UK for collaborative research and development projects.
Programme: Innovate UK
Award: Share of up to £2 million
Opens: 15th Jun 2020
Closes: 29th Jul 2020
NSERC, the National Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada, will work with Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, to invest up to £2 million in innovation projects. These will be to advance the development and application of quantum technologies.
The aim of this competition is to develop new knowledge and skills for developing new products, processes or services and bringing about a significant improvement in existing products, processes or services in the quantum technology sector in the UK and Canada.
Projects must advance the development and application of quantum technologies and build on existing strengths in quantum technology in the UK and Canada.
Your project must:
Second generation quantum techniques are defined as the generation or coherent control and manipulation of quantum states, resulting in superposition and entanglement (single photon generation or detection and quantum computing are in scope).
The project must describe how project metrics will be collected. Such metrics must include:
The project must address at least one of the following:
Innovate UK particularly encourage applications that:
To lead a project your organisation must:
The majority of work undertaken by each partner should occur in their home country.
No one country and/or organisation can represent more than 75% of the total project cost.
If the lead organisation is an RTO it must collaborate with 2 businesses (one SME, and one business of any size).
UK academic institutions cannot lead or work alone.
To collaborate with the lead, a UK project organisation must:
Innovate UK have allocated up to £2 million for UK applicants to fund innovation projects in this competition. NSERC have allocated c$4 million for Canadian applicants.
If your organisation’s work on the project is mostly 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:
The research organisations undertaking non-economic activity as part of the project can share up to 50% 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.
Your project must:
If your project’s total eligible costs or duration falls outside of our eligibility criteria, or if a UK research and technology organisation (RTO) wishes to lead you must provide justification by email to firstname.lastname@example.org at least 10 working days before the competition closes. Innovate UK will decide whether to approve your request.
Canadian project team members will be governed by NSERC’s rules. Canadian leads must submit a parallel application to NSERC on their online system by 8pm EST time on 29 July.