Your project must:
- have total eligible project costs between £150,000 and £300,000
- have one or more partner businesses that are registered and operating in one or more of the three target African markets
- have partner costs for the African partners that are between 40% and 50% of the total eligible project costs
- last between 6 and 12 months
- intend to exploit the results from or in the UK or Africa
- start by 1 April 2024
- end by 31 March 2025
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 or Belarusian entity as lead, partner or subcontractor. This includes any goods or services originating from a Russian or Belarusian source.
If your project’s total UK costs, African costs or duration falls outside of our eligibility criteria, you must provide justification by email to firstname.lastname@example.org at least 10 working days before the competition closes. We 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 sent for assessment.
You must involve at least one UK business and at least one African business from the markets of interest.
All businesses in a consortium must be separate legal and non-linked entities.
The UK lead organisation must:
- be a UK registered business of any size
- act as a both an administrative lead and a technology lead
- start the application form on the Innovation Funding Service
- claim grant funding through this competition
As the administrative lead you must act as the recipient of the award and will distribute funding to all other partners. This is known as a ‘hub and spoke’ model. The administrative lead will manage and be accountable for the finances of the project in accordance with the terms and conditions of the award.
As the technology lead you must carry out technical innovation work as part of this project. A technology lead will lead on the development of the scope, work packages and any other technical work.
More information on the different types of organisation can be found in our Funding rules.
Your consortium must include:
- at least one technology lead from both the UK and one of the African target markets
- at least one grant claiming micro, small or medium sized enterprise (SME) from the UK or Africa
To collaborate with the lead, your organisation must be one of the following:
- business of any size
- academic institution
- not for profit
- public sector organisation
- research and technology organisation (RTO)
Each 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 and completing their Project Impact questions in the application.
Your project can include partners that do not receive any of this competition’s funding, for example, organisations from non-eligible countries. Their costs will count towards the total project costs.
Subcontractors are allowed in this competition.
Subcontractors can be from anywhere in the world and you must select them through your usual procurement process.
All subcontractor costs must be justified and appropriate to the total project costs.
Number of applications
A UK business acting as an administrative lead, can only lead on one application but can be included as a collaborator in two further applications.
If an organisation is not leading any application, it can collaborate in up to three applications.