Text update 13 September 2023: Additional guidance on involvement of partners from both countries removed to avoid confusion.
This application is for an Expression Of Interest (EoI). No funding will be awarded at this stage. If you are successful, then you will be invited to apply for funding in the full stage competition.
Your project must:
- have a total grant funding request between £165,000 to £500,000 allocated to UK organisations
- have a total grant funding request between CA$280,000 to CA$850,000 for Canadian partners
- have no more than 60% of the total grant funding request allocated to UK organisations
- have no more than 60% of the total grant funding request allocated to Canadian organisations
- start by 1 June 2024
- last up to 12 months
If your project’s total costs or start date fall outside of our eligibility criteria, you must provide justification by email to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com at least 10 working days before the competition closes. We will decide whether to approve your request.
Applications identified as not eligible by either Innovate UK or Ocean Supercluster will not be sent for assessment.
In order to receive any grant funding, your project proposal must be successful on both sides of the consortium and be invited to apply for the full stage. If successful at full stage, UK participants will receive grant funding from Innovate UK and Canadian participants will receive grant funding from Ocean Supercluster. UK participants must be part of an application submitted to Innovate UK. Canadian partners must submit a parallel application to Ocean Supercluster.
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 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, Innovate UK will not fund any procurement, commercial, business development or supply chain activity with any Russian or Belarusian entity as lead, partner or subcontractor. This includes any goods or services originating from a Russian or Belarusian source.
To meet its reporting requirements to the Federal Government, Canada’s Ocean Supercluster (OSC) requires all Participants to a Project Agreement who receive matched funding from the OSC to disclose to the best of their ability whether their organization has any business dealings with or in Russia, as contemplated in the Sanctions related to Russia imposed under the Special Economic Measures Act or otherwise. This may include ownership or investors; board membership; established operations in foreign economies, including via subsidiaries; joint ventures or other close business relationships; as well as arm’s length business relationships, such as sales.
Please note we may be required to share this information with the Government of Canada and, depending on the response, additional information may be requested.
To lead a UK application your organisation must:
- be a UK registered business of any size
- be or involve at least one grant claiming UK registered micro, small or medium sized enterprise (SME)
- partner with a Canadian registered SME, which must be a separate non-linked entity to the UK project partners
- include at least one further eligible grant claiming partner from either the UK or Canada
More information on the different types of organisation can be found in our Funding rules.
All collaborations must include at least 3 eligible organisations from Canada and the UK as part of the project.
UK Team - To collaborate with the lead, your organisation must be one of the following UK registered:
- business of any size
- academic institution
- not for profit
- public sector organisation
- research and technology organisation (RTO)
Each UK partner organisation must be invited into the Innovation Funding Service (IFS) 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 IFS. They are responsible for entering their own project costs in the application.
Canadian partners must not be invited onto Innovate UK’s IFS application platform. Their involvement in the project is listed as part of your answers to the questions. If you include a grant claiming Canadian partner in your IFS application you will be made ineligible and your application will not be sent for assessment.
To be an eligible collaboration, the lead and at least one other organisation must apply for funding when entering their costs into the application.
Your project can include partners that do not receive any of this competition’s funding, for example non-UK businesses. Their costs will count towards the total project costs.
Subcontractors are allowed in this competition.
Subcontractors can be from anywhere in the UK or Canada and you must select them through your usual procurement process.
You can use subcontractors from overseas but 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, evidence of the potential UK and Canadian contractors you approached and the reasons why they were unable to work with you. We will not accept a cheaper cost as a sufficient reason to use an overseas subcontractor.
All subcontractor costs must be justified and appropriate to the total project costs.
Number of applications
A UK business of any size can lead on one application and partner on two further applications.
Other UK organisations can collaborate on any number of applications.