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.
This competition provides state aid funding under articles of the General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER):
- industrial research projects are under article 25, ‘Aid for research and development projects’
- capital infrastructure projects are under article 26, ‘Investment aid for research infrastructures’
It is your responsibility to make sure that your organisation is eligible to receive state aid.
Industrial research projects
Individual partners that are conducting commercial or economic activities (which may include research organisations) as part of the project can claim grant funding up to:
- 70% if you are a small or micro organisation
- 60% if you are a medium-sized organisation
- 50% if you are a large organisation
The total grant funding limit for any individual organisation is 20 million euros. The exchange rate to sterling will be taken from the HMRC exchange rates at the time we issue your contract.
The research organisations undertaking non-economic activities in your 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. They can each claim 100% of their total eligible costs.
Capital infrastructure projects
Under Article 26 of the state aid rules, your project must focus on the construction or upgrade of research infrastructures that perform economic activities.
Each infrastructure project can receive total grant funding of up to 20 million euros. The exchange rate to sterling will be taken from the HMRC exchange rates at the time we issue your contract. Your total project grant funding must not exceed 50% of your total eligible project costs.
Your total eligible project costs must be the investment costs in intangible and tangible assets.
If the research infrastructure pursues both economic and non-economic activities, you must:
- account for the financing, costs and revenues of each type of activity separately
- use consistently applied and objectively justifiable cost accounting principles
Access to the research infrastructure for its operation or use must be open to several users without discrimination and be granted on a transparent basis. Users must be charged the market price.
If an organisation has financed at least 10% of the investment costs of the project infrastructure, it can be granted preferential access under more favourable conditions.
The access must be in proportion to the organisation’s contribution to the investment costs and access conditions must be made publicly available.
In a collaborative capital infrastructure project, the research organisations undertaking non-economic activities in your 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. They can each claim 100% of their share of the total eligible project costs.