Any UK registered business claiming grant funding must be eligible to receive state aid at the time we confirm you will be awarded funding. It is not possible to award grant funding to organisations meeting the condition known as undertakings in difficulty. If you are unsure, please take legal advice. For further information see our general guidance.
Your project must:
- have total eligible costs between £100,000 and £1million
- last between 3 and 12 months
- start by 1 April 2021
If your project’s total eligible 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.
To lead a project your UK registered organisation:
- must be either a business of any size or research and technology organisation (RTO)
- must carry out its project work in the UK
- must intend to exploit the results from or in the UK
Academic institutions cannot lead or work alone. Research and technology organisations cannot work alone.
Find out which definition your organisation falls into.
To collaborate with the lead, your UK registered organisation must:
- be a business of any size, academic institution, charity, not-for-profit, public sector organisation or research and technology organisation (RTO)
- carry out its project work in the UK
- intend to exploit the results from or in the UK
- be invited by the lead organisation
If the lead organisation is an RTO, the project team must contain at least 2 businesses of any size.
The lead applicant must claim funding by entering their costs during the application.
Each partner organisation must be invited into the Innovation Funding Service by the lead to collaborate on a project. Partners must enter their own project costs.
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.
Subcontractors are allowed in this competition and must be selected through a participant’s normal procurement process. Subcontractors can be from anywhere in the UK. If an overseas subcontractor is selected, a case must be made as to why no UK-based subcontractor can be used including a detailed rationale, evidence of UK companies that have been approached and reasons why they were unable to do so. A cheaper cost is not deemed as a sufficient reason to use an overseas subcontractor.
(Text edit 4 August 2020: we have updated subcontractor guidance for clarity)
Any UK registered business or RTO leading on an application can collaborate in a further 2 applications.
If a UK registered business is not leading any application, it can collaborate in up to 3 applications.
If an RTO is not leading any application, it can collaborate in any number of applications.
Public sector organisations, charities, research organisations and academic institutions can collaborate on any number of applications.