closed Opened: 25 April 2022 | Closes: 01 June 2022
UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £2 million for collaborative research and development projects in creative technology.
Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, is delivering this competition on behalf of MyWorld, a project funded by the UKRI Strength in Places Fund. It builds on the West of England’s strengths in creative media production, technology and research.
MyWorld is a 5 year programme that presents opportunities to create, deliver and understand experiences in creative technology, driving forward the future of media in the UK and beyond.
The aim of this competition is to help the UK to grow and maintain a position as an international leader in advanced media production. MyWorld is combining research excellence, industrial stakeholders and a history of collaboration in the Bristol and Bath region.
Your proposal must demonstrate a positive impact in the West of England area.
In applying to this competition, you are entering into a competitive process. This competition closes at 11am UK time on the deadline stated.
Your project’s total grant funding request must be between £100,000 and £200,000.
Who can apply
Your project must:
- have a total grant funding request of between £100,000 and £200,000
- start by 1 January 2023
- end by 31 December 2024
- last between 12 and 24 months
- carry out all of its project work in the UK
- intend to exploit the results from or in the West of England area
If your project’s 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. Innovate UK will decide whether to approve your request. If you have not requested approval or your application has not been approved by us, you will be made ineligible. Your application will then not be sent for assessment.
To lead a project your organisation must:
- be a UK registered business of any size, not for profit or charity
- collaborate with other UK registered organisations
- intend to exploit the results from or in the West of England area
Academic institutions cannot lead but can be a collaborative partner.
The lead organisation may be based outside of the West of England area. Justification must be made in your application as to why the project could not be led by an organisation from the West of England area.
The lead organisation must collaborate with at least one research organisation or research and technology organisation in the West of England area.
To collaborate with the lead, your organisation must be one of the following UK registered:
- business of any size
- academic institution
- not for profit
- public sector organisation
- research and technology organisation (RTO)
Each partner organisation must be invited into the Innovation Funding Service by the lead to collaborate on a project. Once accepted, partners will be asked to login or to create an account and enter their own project costs into the Innovation Funding Service.
The lead and at least one other organisation must claim funding by entering their costs during the application.
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 project costs.
Subcontractors are allowed in this competition.
Subcontractors can be from anywhere in the UK and you must select them through your usual procurement process.
If you use subcontractors from outside of the West of England area you must make the case in your application as to why you could not use suppliers from the area. You must provide a detailed rationale, evidence of the potential regional contractors you approached and the reasons why they were unsuitable for your project. Innovate UK will not accept a cheaper cost as a sufficient reason to use a subcontractor from outside the stated area.
If you use subcontractors from overseas you must make the case by email to email@example.com for approval at least 10 days before the competition closes as to why you could not use suppliers from the UK.
You must provide a detailed rationale, evidence of the potential UK contractors you approached and the reasons why they were unable to work with you.
All subcontractor costs must be justified and appropriate to the total project costs.
Number of applications
A business, charity or not for profit can only lead on one application but can be included as a collaborator in a further 2 applications.
If a business, charity or not for profit is not leading any application, it can collaborate in up to 3 applications.
An Academic Institution or research and technology organisation (RTO) can collaborate on any number of applications.
You cannot use a previously submitted application to apply for this competition.
Innovate UK will not award you funding if you have:
- failed to exploit a previously funded project
- an overdue independent accountant’s report
- failed to comply with grant terms and conditions
Subsidy Control (and state aid where applicable)
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 means Innovate UK needs to change the terms of this competition, Innovate UK will tell you as soon as possible.
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Up to £2million has been allocated to fund innovation projects in this competition. Funding will be in the form of a grant.
If the majority of your organisation’s work on the project is commercial or economic, your funding request must not exceed the limits below. These limits apply even if your organisation normally acts non-economically.
For feasibility studies and industrial research projects, you could get funding for your eligible project costs of:
- up to 70% if you are a micro or small organisation
- up to 60% if you are a medium sized organisation
- up to 50% if you are a large organisation
For experimental development projects which are nearer to market, you could get funding for your eligible project costs 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
If you are applying for an award funded under State aid Regulations, the definitions are set out in the European Commission Recommendation of 6 May 2003.
The research organisations undertaking non-economic activity as part of the project can share up to 30% 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.
Of that 30% you could get funding for your eligible project costs of up to:
- 80% of full economic costs (FEC) if you are a Je-S registered institution such as an academic
- 100% of your project costs if you are an RTO, charity, not for profit organisation, public sector organisation or research organisation