UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £2.5 million for collaborative research in partnership with organisations from participating Eurostars countries.
must include at least one UK registered micro, small or medium sized enterprise (SME) must include at least one eligible partner from one of the Eurostars countries participating in the competition can include other UK registered organisations
Opens: 12 January 2024
Closes: 14 March 2024
This competition is for UK businesses that want to apply to the Call 6 of the Eurostars. Please visit the Eureka call for proposals web page if you are not a UK applicant.
Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, is investing up to £2.5 million to fund collaborative research and development (CR&D) projects focused on industrial research.
The aim of this competition is for international collaboration on R&D projects that create innovative products, processes or services for commercialisation.
This competition is open in theme and we will fund projects from all sectors, which meet eligibility criteria.
Your project must have high market potential and develop one or more of the following:
Projects must include at least one partner from the Eurostars network.
In applying to this competition, you are entering into a competitive process.
The lead applicant must submit your Eurostars application by 1pm UK time on the deadline stated. Your project team must submit the Eurostars project application form to the Eurostars Project Management Platform by 2pm central European time (1pm UK time) on 14 March 2024.
UK applicants can apply for total grant of up to €360,000 for each project partner.
To apply, you must fulfil the seven eligibility criteria:
UK registered SME’s can apply for a total grant of up to €360,000 for each eligible UK project partner or 60% of total eligible project costs, whichever is the least.
To be eligible for grant funding from Innovate UK your collaboration:
Projects must always start on the first of the month and this must be stated within your application. Your project start date will be reflected in your grant offer letter if you are successful.
You must only include eligible project costs in your application.
Under current restrictions, this competition will not fund any procurement, commercial, business development or supply chain activity with any Russian and Belarusian entity as lead, partner or subcontractor. This includes any goods or services originating from a Russian and Belarusian source.
More information on the different types of organisation can be found in our Funding rules.
Eurostars terminology and roles
The terminology differs between Eurostars and Innovate UK. In the Innovate UK application the ‘project lead’ is responsible for the entire project but Eurostars uses the term ‘main participant’. For partners in the collaboration Eurostars uses ‘other participants.
Even if the project lead is from a participating Eurostars 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 or business.
In the UK, only UK registered innovative SMEs are eligible for funding. More than one UK SME can be involved in each project.
These conditions must be met by each of the UK innovative SMEs.
Innovate UK will not fund any other types of organisations, including:
These organisations can take part but must self-fund or use funds from other sources.
You must follow the Eurostars eligibility criteria and the Innovate UK eligibility criteria, at the application deadline and throughout your project.
The Innovate UK eligibility criteria:
If you require a permit or licence to carry out your project deliverables, you must have these in place prior to the project start date.
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 and you must select them through your usual procurement process.
You can use subcontractors from overseas but must make the case in your application 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. We will not accept a cheaper cost as a sufficient reason to use an overseas subcontractor.
All subcontractor costs must be justified and appropriate to the total project costs.
Partners not claiming funding
A non-grant claiming UK partner cannot lead on a project.
Your collaboration can include organisations from Eurostars 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
Overall Eurostars project team
The organisations from participating Eurostars countries 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 all of their funded work within the Eurostars member country from which they receive funding, for example the UK for Innovate UK funding.
Any work which you wish to do outside of the UK, must be authorised by Innovate UK prior to your project starting, if you are in receipt of funding.
You must provide justification by email to email@example.com as soon as possible before you start your application and no later than the application deadline.
Your request will be passed on to the Programme Manager. They will decide whether to approve your request. If you have not requested approval or your request has not been approved by us, these costs will not be eligible for funding and must be self-funded.
Use of animals in research and innovation
Innovate UK expects and supports the provision and safeguarding of welfare standards for animals used in research and innovation, according to best practice and up to date guidance.
Applicants must ensure that all of the proposed work within projects, both that in the UK and internationally, will comply with the UKRI guidance on the use of animals in research and innovation.
Any projects selected for funding which involve animals will be asked to provide additional information on welfare and ethical considerations, as well as compliance with any relevant legislation as part of the project start-up process. This information will be reviewed before an award is made.
You can use a previously submitted application to apply for this competition.
We 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 Subsidy Control Act 2022. Further information about the Subsidy requirements can be found within the Subsidy Control Act 2022 (legislation.gov.uk)
Innovate UK is unable to award organisations that are considered to be in financial difficulty. We 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 Subsidy Control Act 2022 or the State aid rules, you should take independent legal advice. We are unable to advise on individual eligibility or legal obligations.
You must always 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.
Up to £2.5 million has been allocated to fund innovation projects in this competition. Funding will be in the form of a grant.
If 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 but for the purpose of this project will be undertaking commercial or economic activity.
For industrial research projects, you could get funding for your eligible project costs of up to €360,000 or 60% project costs, whichever is lower if you are a micro, small or medium-sized business.
The UK registered research organisations in your consortium must provide their own funding.
For more information on company sizes, please refer to the company accounts guidance.
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.