Any UK business claiming funding must be eligible to receive state aid at the time we confirm you will be awarded funding. If you are unsure please take legal advice. For further information see our general guidance.
Your project’s total eligible costs must be between £4 million and £20 million. The total grant requested must be below £10 million.
Projects must be collaborative.
They must last between 18 and 36 months. Projects must start by the end of September 2020.
If your project’s total eligible costs or duration fall outside of 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.
To lead a project your organisation must:
Academic institutions cannot lead or work alone but in exceptional circumstances an RTO can lead. The RTO must provide justification by email to email@example.com at least 10 days before the competition closes. We will decide whether to approve their request.
If an RTO is approved to lead on an application they must collaborate with 2 businesses or more and can only lead once.
To collaborate with the lead organisation you must:
- be a UK registered business, academic institution, charity, public sector organisation or RTO
- carry out your project work in the UK
- intend to exploit the results from or in the UK
- be invited to take part by the lead applicant
- enter your costs as part of the application
The lead and at least one other organisation must claim funding. 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 eligible project costs.
You should make sure that your participation in a project does not prevent any intellectual property (IP) generated by the project from being exploited in the UK.
We encourage you to include the largest possible selection of UK businesses affected by the technological barrier you are focusing on.
Any one business can only lead on one application but can be a partner in any number of applications.
If an RTO is not the lead on any application, they can collaborate in any number of applications.
An academic institution can collaborate on any number of applications.