West Midlands 5G (WM5G) have allocated up to £2.5 million to fund innovation projects in this competition.
If your organisation’s work on the project is mostly commercial or economic, your funding request must not exceed the limits below. These limits apply even if your organisation normally acts non-economically.
We are expecting collaborative experimental development projects. ‘Effective collaboration' means collaboration between at least 2 independent parties. The goal must be either to:
- exchange knowledge or technology, or
- achieve a common objective based on the division of labour where the parties jointly define the scope of the collaborative project, contribute to its implementation and share its risks, as well as its results
Contract research and provision of research services are not considered forms of collaboration.
For collaborations between businesses, no one business partner can be responsible for more than 70% of the total eligible project costs.
For collaborations between businesses and research organisations, the research organisation must bear at least 10% of the total eligible project costs and have the right to publish their own research.
The research organisations undertaking non-economic activity as part of the project can share up to 20% of the total eligible project costs. If your consortium contains more than one research organisation undertaking non-economic activity, this maximum is shared between them.
As a consortium, total project grant funding must not exceed 50% of your total eligible project costs. This is regardless of the individual partners’ grants claims. . If you request funding of more than 50% of the total eligible project costs your application will be ineligible.
We are expecting collaborative experimental development projects. If your consortium includes a research organisation, your organisation can claim a maximum grant of:
- up to 60% of your eligible project costs if you are a micro or small organisation
- up to 50% if you are a medium-sized organisation
- up to 40% if you are a large organisation
If your consortium does not include a research organisation, your organisation can claim a maximum grant of:
- up to 45% if you are a micro or small organisation
- up to 35% if you are a medium-sized organisation
- up to 25% if you are a large organisation
(Text update: 29 September 2020. Added information about funding amounts if a research organisation is not included within the collaboration)
Find out if your business is a small or medium sized enterprise in the
To see which costs are eligible read the project costs guidance.
If you do not correctly calculate your costs, based upon your consortium members and the relevant percentage rate available to you, your application will be ineligible.
Grant funding will be provided by WM5G to the lead partner, for distribution to their consortium members. Prompt payment terms will be agreed between consortium partners.
This competition provides state aid funding under article 25, ‘Aid for research and development projects’, of the General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER). It is your responsibility to make sure your organisation is eligible to receive state aid