open now Opened: 20 June 2022 | Closes: 28 September 2022
This competition is for UK businesses that want to apply to the UK-Israel Globalstars Eureka competition. Please visit the Eureka call for the proposals web page if you are not a UK applicant.
Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, is investing up to £2 million to fund collaborative research and development (CR&D) projects focused on industrial research with Israel.
The UK and Israel are announcing a joint funding competition under the EUREKA framework. This will support collaborative, business led research and development (R&D) projects which should result in a new product, industrial process or service. Projects must be innovative, involve a technological risk and target large global markets.
The competition will fund projects from any technological or market area.
The national funding agencies will fund their respective participants in the projects.
In applying to this competition you are entering into a competitive process. The lead applicant must submit your Innovate UK application by 11am UK time on the deadline stated.
Your project team must submit the Eureka project application form to the Eureka website by 5pm central European summer time (4pm UK time) by 19 September 2022.
UK applicants can apply for total grant of up to £250,000 for each project.
Who can apply
UK applicants can apply for total grant of up to £250,000 for each project.
Your project must:
- be collaborative
- last between 12 months and 24 months
The start date depends on the national funding procedures of the Eureka members involved in the selected projects. The earliest start date will be 1 May 2023.
Under current restrictions, this competition will not fund any procurement, commercial, business development or supply chain activity with any Russian entity as lead, partner or subcontractor. This includes any goods or services originating from a Russian source.
Organisations from other Eureka Member states may also participate provided they arrange their own funding. The project must meet the eligibility participation criteria of UK and Israeli organisations.
Eureka terminology and roles
The terminology differs between Eureka and Innovate UK. In the Innovate UK application the ‘project lead’ is responsible for the entire project but Eureka uses the term ‘main participant’. For partners in the collaboration Eureka uses ‘other participants’.
Even if the project lead is from a participating Eureka member other than the UK, the UK registered partners can still claim funding from Innovate UK. These collaborations must include at least one UK registered SME.
UK lead applicant
The UK registered partners in your Eureka project must nominate one business, of any size, to start an Innovate UK application. Innovate UK refer to them as the ‘lead organisation’ and the person they nominate to have overall responsibility as the ‘lead applicant’.
The lead applicant has an overall view of the application and must:
- start the application
- monitor the partners’ application progress
- make sure all UK partners complete their parts of the application
- click submit once the application is complete
The UK lead applicant must collaborate with at least one Israeli organisation participating in the competition. It must be a separate legal entity, not linked to the UK partners.
Overall Eureka project team
The organisations from participating Eureka members must meet the funding and eligibility conditions of their respective national funding bodies. These will be published on the Eureka call for proposals web page when this competition opens. These organisations must apply through their own funding bodies and not through the Innovation Funding Service.
Each partner must carry out the majority of their funded work within the Eureka member from which they receive funding, for example the UK for Innovate UK funding.
There must be a genuine collaboration. No more than 75% of the total eligible project costs can be claimed by a single partner or by all partners from a single participating Eureka member collectively.
UK project team
The UK lead applicant can also collaborate with other UK registered businesses of any size.
UK research organisations can participate in the application as subcontractors and are subject to the subcontractors guidance.
Subcontractors are allowed in this competition but they must not account for more than 20% of the UK partners’ total eligible costs. Subcontractors can be from anywhere in the UK. Where subcontractors are non-UK based, please justify why you are unable to use a UK alternative.
Innovate UK would expect subcontractor costs to be justified and appropriate to the total eligible project costs.
Partners not claiming funding
A non-grant claiming UK partner cannot lead on a project.
Your collaboration can include organisations from Eureka members that are not participating in this funding competition provided:
- they have secured full funding elsewhere
- you describe in your application why and how they will be involved and where they have secured financing from
Number of applications
A business can only lead on one application but can be included as a collaborator in a further 2 applications.
If a business is not leading an application, it can collaborate in any number of applications.
Innovate UK has allocated up to £2 million to fund innovation projects in this competition.
For industrial research projects, you could get funding for your eligible project costs of:
- up to 70% if you are a micro or small business
- up to 60% if you are a medium-sized business
- up to 50% if you are a large business
This competition provides funding in line with the UK's obligations and commitments to Subsidy Control. Further information about the UK Subsidy Control requirements can be found within the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation agreement and the subsequent guidance from the department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).
Innovate UK is unable to award organisations that are considered to be in financial difficulty. Innovate UK will conduct financial viability and eligibility tests to confirm this is not the case following the application stage.
EU State aid rules now only apply in limited circumstances. Please see our general guidance to check if these rules apply to your organisation.
If you are unsure about your obligations under the UK Subsidy Control regime or the State aid rules, you should take independent legal advice. Innovate UK is unable to advise on individual eligibility or legal obligations.
You must at all times make sure that the funding awarded to you is compliant with all current Subsidy Control legislation applicable in the United Kingdom.
This aims to regulate any advantage granted by a public sector body which threatens to, or actually distorts competition in the United Kingdom or any other country or countries.
If there are any changes to the above requirements that mean Innovate UK needs to change the terms of this competition, Innovate UK will tell you as soon as possible.
The aim of this competition is to provide innovation research and development (R&D) funding for industrial research projects.
Your collaborative R&D proposal must demonstrate:
- a clear game-changing or disruptive innovative idea leading to new products, processes or services
- a strong and deliverable business plan that addresses (and documents) market potential and needs
- sound, practical financial plans and timelines
- good value for money, which will always be a consideration in Innovate UK funding decisions
- a clear, evidence-based plan to deliver significant economic impact, return on investment (ROI) and growth through commercialisation, as soon as possible after project completion
- clear, considerable potential to significantly benefit the UK economy or national productivity
- the benefit of participants from the countries working together and how this adds value
- a clear definition of where intellectual property (IP) can be used and shared between the participants and countries
- a clear route to market within 2 to 3 years of project completion
Innovate UK is looking to fund a portfolio of projects, across a variety of technologies and markets.
Projects that will not be funded
Innovate UK will not fund projects that:
- work on non-civilian technologies
- are not in scope
- do not meet Innovate UK’s eligibility criteria
- do not submit all mandatory documentation
- do not include at least one UK and one Israel based business
- are dependent on export performance, for example giving a subsidy to a baker on the condition that they export a certain quantity of bread to another country
- are dependent on domestic inputs usage, for example if they insisted that a baker use 50% UK flour in their product