To be eligible for funding you must:
- be a UK or Colombia based business (of any size), academic organisation, charity, public sector organisation or research organisation
- work in collaboration with others (businesses, research base or third sector)
- carry out your project work in the UK, Colombia or both
- collaborate with a Colombian partner
Research organisations must follow our definition. Funding is also available to partners in Colombia for applications targeting relevant agriculture challenges.
The lead organisation must be from the UK and claim funding through this competition. If the project is collaborative, at least one other organisation in the consortium must also claim funding.
Any one business or research organisation may lead on one application and partner in a maximum of a further 2 applications.
If a research organisation is:
- the lead on an application they must have 2 business collaborators (one SME, and one other business of any size)
- not the lead on any application, they can be a partner in any number of applications
UK academics can lead an application only for the early-stage award category but can be a collaborator in any number of applications.
Early-stage award projects can be business-led or research-led.
Late-stage award projects must be business-led and support UK companies working in collaboration with Colombian business partners. These projects will test and validate innovative ideas in a commercial environment. This is to demonstrate their economic and technical feasibility before large-scale deployment. UK and Colombian research base partners can only participate as subcontractors to a business partner in the late-stage award category.
If you applied to a previous competition as the lead or sole company and were awarded funding by Innovate UK, but did not make a substantial effort to exploit that award, we will award no more funding to you, in this or any other competition. You will not be able to contest our decision. We will:
- assess your efforts in the previous competition against your exploitation plan for that project
- review the monitoring officers’ reports and any other relevant sources for evidence
- document our decision, which will be made by 3 team members
- communicate our decision to you in writing