Funding competition Newton Fund and EUREKA GlobalStars: affordable health in India

UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £1 million to collaborate and address the challenges of affordable and accessible healthcare in India.

This competition is now closed.

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Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £1 million. This is to support UK businesses to collaborate with Indian businesses and European partners on One Health-focused solutions for the Indian market.

This competition forms part of a EUREKA GlobalStars programme. It enables businesses from our European partners (Flanders, the Netherlands and Spain) to be part of the consortium. Businesses from other areas of Belgium may also be eligible.

The aim of this competition is to provide innovative solutions to the challenges of affordable health in India. Your proposal must focus on integrated healthcare in India and provide solutions that are:

  • economical
  • sustainable
  • user-centric

The project consortium must complete and submit a Eureka project application form to GlobalStars as well as national funding applications to their respective national funding bodies. In the case of UK partners this is Innovate UK.

If your project’s total costs or duration fall outside of our eligibility criteria, you must email us at least 10 days before the competition closes.

Funding type


Project size

In the UK, your project’s total costs must be between £350,000 and £450,000. A maximum grant of £300,000 will be available per project to UK project partners. UK work must start by 1 April 2019, end by 31 March 2021 and can last up to 2 years.

Who can apply

To be eligible for funding and to lead a project you must:

  • be a UK based business
  • partner with at least one Indian organisation eligible to receive funding from India’s Department of Biotechnology
  • show that India is the primary target market for the project and project outcomes
  • show how your project fits within the Official Development Assistance (ODA) criteria of the Newton Fund
  • have met the eligibility criteria detailed in the EUREKA GlobalStars call for proposals document
  • have submitted a joint EUREKA project application form with the project consortium

You can invite other eligible organisations from the UK to join your project. Please see the Innovate UK general guidance for applicants for further information.

You can also collaborate with businesses and other organisations from Flanders, the Netherlands and/or Spain that are eligible for funding according to their respective national funding body:

A UK business must be eligible to receive state aid. If you are unsure please take legal advice. For further information please see our general guidance.


We have allocated up to £1 million to fund UK partners collaborating on transboundary innovation projects.

The funding agencies of Flanders, the Netherlands, Spain and India are also funding this competition as part of the EUREKA GlobalStars programme. They have each allocated €1 million for project partners within their regions and India has allocated matched project funds for Indian organisations.

Total eligible project costs from UK project partners combined can range from £350,000 to £450,000. This gives rise to a grant for UK partners of no more than £300,000 per project. If your project requests total grant above the maximum of £300,000, it will be deemed out of scope.

The research organisations in the UK consortium can share up to 30% of the total eligible project costs. If your consortium contains more than one research organisation, this maximum will be shared between them.

Your proposal

The aim of this competition is to support collaborative R&D and innovation projects that are focused on One Health in India.

One Health is a multidisciplinary approach to improving a patient’s experience of a holistic and integrated healthcare system.

We will only fund projects that provide affordable innovative solutions for India, for:

  • disease prevention and control
  • point of care diagnostics
  • treatment of infectious and chronic diseases
  • treatment outcomes
  • efficient use of health resources

Innovate UK’s funding for projects is Official Development Assistance (ODA), and forms part of Innovate UK’s Newton-Bhabha programme of work with India. You must therefore satisfy both ODA and International Development (Gender Equality) Act eligibility requirements related to this competition. Please see the ‘Supporting information’ section for more details.

Project types

Projects should focus on industrial research.

For industrial research projects, you could get funding for your eligible project costs of:

  • up to 70% if you are a micro or small business
  • up to 60% if you are a medium-sized business
  • up to 50% if you are a large business

Projects we will not fund

We will not fund projects that:

  • do not meet ODA eligibility requirements
  • do not target the scope areas under One Health detailed in this brief
  • do not have India as the primary market
  • have negative environmental and social impacts

16 July 2018
International EUREKA applications open date
13 August 2018
Competition opens
22 August 2018
Online briefing event. Watch the recording
27 September 2018 12:00pm
Registration closes
1 October 2018
International EUREKA applications close date
4 October 2018 12:00pm
Competition closes

Before you start

Please read the Innovate UK general guidance for applicants. It will help your chances of submitting a quality application.

To apply:

  • register online using the green button
  • read the guidance for applicants for this competition
  • consider attending the briefing webinar listed in ‘Dates’
  • complete and upload your online application to our secure server
  • submit your separate EUREKA application through their website

We will not accept late submissions. Your application is confidential.

External, independent experts from the UK will assess the quality of the UK application. Each national funding agency will evaluate its own applications and EUREKA will evaluate international applications. All national funding bodies will then form an international selection panel and compile a common ranking list from which to select the projects for funding.

Innovate UK will select the projects for the international selection panel, building a portfolio of projects that:

  • are high quality
  • address the range of themes as described in the scope
  • represent the potential for return on investment for the company and the UK

Subject to meeting the quality threshold, we reserve the right to manage the portfolio to achieve the correct balance of projects and funding.

You must use Microsoft Word for the application form or your application will be ineligible.

Background and further information

About Innovate UK

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, is the UK’s innovation funding agency. As well as funding projects in the UK we help translate the UK’s innovation expertise into business solutions in lower and middle income countries.

We enable collaborative solutions to overseas socio-economic challenges. We do this by supporting companies from the UK to establish global partnerships and exchange knowledge with organisations in some of the most dynamic markets in the world.

The size, diversity and potential of India’s markets present significant opportunities for innovative UK businesses and research organisations.

About the Newton Fund

The Newton Fund was established in 2014 to harness the best of the UK’s research and innovation expertise for positive development outcomes in middle income partner countries. It forms part of the UK government’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitment.

The UK and partner countries commit matched funding and effort towards collaborative projects between UK businesses, research organisations and others.

As the Newton Fund forms part of the UK government’s Official Development Assistance under the International Development Act 2002, applicants must provide sufficient and clear justification of how their project meets ODA eligibility criteria, and that its impact on reducing gender inequality has been considered.

Newton Fund projects need to:

  • demonstrate that they are aiming to contribute to a reduction in poverty
  • aim to further sustainable development (development that is likely to generate lasting benefits for the population of the country to which it is provided) or improve the welfare of the population of Newton Fund countries

Under the International Development (Gender Equality) Act 2014, activities must also demonstrate that they are likely to contribute to reducing inequality between persons of different gender.

About the Eureka Network

EUREKA is an intergovernmental organisation for market-driven industrial R&D. It is a decentralised network that helps co-ordinate national funding on research and development and innovation (R&D&I), aiming to boost the productivity and competitiveness of industries. EUREKA concentrates on funding small businesses to develop technological projects that benefit civilians. It has been the driving force of innovation in Europe for over 30 years.

Extra help

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