Any UK business claiming funding must be eligible to receive state aid under the General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER) at the time we confirm you will be awarded funding. It is your responsibility to make sure that your organisation is eligible to receive state aid. If you are unsure please take legal advice. For further information please see our general guidance.
UK-led projects can have total eligible project costs of up to £1 million with a maximum grant of £200,000 to be shared between the UK applicants and a maximum grant of up to $300,000 CAD to be shared between the Canadian applicants.
Your project must start by 1 October 2019 and can last up to 2 years.
If your project’s total costs or duration fall outside our eligibility criteria you must provide justification by email to firstname.lastname@example.org at least 10 days before the competition closes. We will decide whether to approve your request.
You must focus on one of 2 themes. See the competition scope for more information.
To lead a project in theme 1, enabling technologies, you must be one of the following, and involve the other 3 as collaborators:
- a UK micro, small or medium-sized enterprise (SME) with fewer than 250 employees
- a UK research and technology organization (RTO) or UK university (Text update 15 February 2019: we have added the words "or UK university" as these are also eligible to lead in theme 1.)
- a researcher from the National Research Council of Canada
- a Canadian business with fewer than 500 employees, RTO or academic research organisation
To lead a project in theme 2, enhanced productivity, you must be one of the following, and involve the other as a collaborator:
- a UK SME with fewer than 250 employees
- a Canadian SME with fewer than 500 employees
Collaborations under theme 1 or 2 can also include additional UK registered businesses of any size or UK universities.
Your organisation cannot work alone.
We welcome proposals from advanced manufacturing businesses, food and drink processers, and automation and artificial intelligence (AI) innovators, including those applying ‘AI for design’ techniques.
In theme 1, the lead and at least 3 collaborators must claim funding.
In theme 2, the lead partner and at least one other SME collaborator must claim funding.
All Canadian lead applicants and collaborators must submit an expression of interest application and be selected by the NRC as eligible to progress in this competition. This is detailed in the ‘How to apply’ section. Successful Canadian applicants can then submit a full application with their UK partners.
The Canadian partner or partners must be separate, non-linked legal entities from the UK partners.
For UK partners subcontracting is allowed for up to 20% of the UK total project costs.
Each partner must carry out the majority of their funded work within the country from which they receive funding. That is the UK for Innovate UK and Canada for NRC IRAP funding.
Partners with no funding
Projects can include partners that do not receive any funding. These can be from anywhere in the world, including from EUREKA member states if justified by the proposal and included in the collaboration agreement. Their costs will count towards the total eligible project costs but they will not count as collaborators.
For organisations from other EUREKA member states to take part:
- your project must meet the minimum participation levels for UK and Canada organisations
- they must have secured funding from elsewhere
Any one UK SME or RTO can lead on one application and collaborate in a further 2 applications. (Text update 12 February 2019: we have changed the word "business" in this sentence to "SME" to remove any potential for confusion. SMEs are the only kind of business that can lead.)
If a UK business is not leading an application, they can be a collaborator in up to 3 applications.
If a UK RTO 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 collaborator in any number of applications
A UK academic institution can be a collaborator in any number of applications.