Your UK project must:
- have a maximum grant funding request of £1.5 million
- last between 12 and 18 months
- start by 1 September 2024
- end by 28 February 2026
- carry out the majority of your project work in the UK
- intend to exploit the results from the UK
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, this competition will not fund any procurement, commercial, business development or supply chain activity with any Russian and Belarusian entity as lead, partner or subcontractor. This includes any goods or services originating from a Russian and Belarusian source.
Your project must have a balanced contribution of the total eligible project costs among the partners from the participating partner countries. No more than 70% of the total project costs can be claimed by partners from a single participating country.
If any of the following falls outside of this competition’s eligibility criteria, you must provide justification by email to firstname.lastname@example.org at least 10 working days before the competition closes:
- total grant funding request
- the cost balance between UK and Canadian organisations
- project duration
Innovate UK and Protein Industries Canada (PIC) will decide whether to approve your request.
If you have not requested approval or your application has not been approved by us, you will be made ineligible. Your application will then not be progressed.
To lead a UK project your organisation must:
- be a UK registered business of any size
- collaborate with at least one Canadian registered SME that holds a current PIC membership
- collaborate with at least one other business, from the UK or Canada
- be or involve at least one UK registered micro, small or medium-sized enterprise (SME)
More information on the different types of organisation can be found in our Funding rules.
The consortium must include at least three businesses. 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.
Academic institutions and RTOs cannot lead.
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 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 the Innovation Funding Service. They are responsible for entering their own project costs in the application.
You must not invite your collaborating Canadian partners onto the Innovate UK’s IFS application platform. Their involvement in the project is listed as part of your answers to the questions.
PIC eligibility criteria is available on the PIC website in English and French.
UK participants must be part of an application submitted to Innovate UK. Canadian partners must submit a parallel application to the PIC programme.
UK applications will be assessed by Innovate UK. Your Canadian partners’ proposal is reviewed by PIC. Innovate UK and PIC are responsible for the decision to progress your EoI proposal to the full stage. There is no funding in this stage; funding will be awarded in the full stage.
UK participants will receive grant funding from Innovate UK and Canadian participants will receive grant funding from PIC.
Your project can include partners that do not receive any of this competition’s funding.
Subcontractors are allowed in this competition.
Subcontractors can be from anywhere in the UK and Canada and you must select them through your usual procurement process.
You can use subcontractors from other countries, but you 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 and evidence of the potential UK or Canadian contractors you approached, with the reasons why they were unable to work with you. We will not accept a cheaper cost as a sufficient reason to use a subcontractor from a third country.
All subcontractor costs must be justified and appropriate to the total project costs.
Number of applications
A UK registered business can only lead on one application but can be included as a collaborator in two further applications.
If a UK registered business is not leading any application, it can collaborate in up to three applications.
An academic institution, research and technology organisation (RTO), charity, not for profit or public sector organisation can collaborate on any number of applications.