This competition is for UK micro, small or medium sized enterprises (SMEs) that want to apply to the Eurostars Programme 3, call 2.
Please visit the Eureka call for proposals web page.
Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, is investing up to £2.5million to fund collaborative research and development (CR&D) projects focused on industrial research.
Your project must have high market potential and develop at least one of the following:
In applying to this competition, you are entering into a competitive process.
Your application must be submitted by 1pm UK time on the deadline stated.
UK applicants can apply for a total grant of up to 360,000 euros for each UK project partner or 60% of eligible project costs, whichever is the least.
Any UK registered SME requesting grant funding must be eligible to receive state aid at the time of application. If you are unsure please take legal advice. For further information see our general guidance.
To apply, you must fulfil seven eligibility criteria:
UK registered SMEs can apply for a total grant of up to 360,000 euros for each eligible UK project partner or 60% of total eligible project costs, whichever is the least.
Your project can last up to 36 months.
Your project start date depends on the national funding procedures of the Eureka Eurostars members involved in the selected projects.
Projects must be collaborative.
Eureka terminology and roles
The terminology differs between Eureka and Innovate UK. With 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’.
In the UK, only UK registered innovative SMEs are eligible for funding. More than one UK SME can be involved in each project.
Each of the UK innovative SMEs must meet one or more of these conditions:
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 detailed in this competition at the application deadline and throughout your project:
If you do not currently operate a company PAYE scheme and are working directly on the project, you can include your labour as an eligible cost. This must be in line with the European Commission policy and meet the following conditions:
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Your project must be a genuine collaboration between partners and participating Eurostars country members. No one partner, or partners from a single participating Eurostars country member, can be responsible for more than 70% of the total eligible project costs.
UK project team
The UK applicant can also collaborate with:
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 not based in the UK, please justify why you are unable to use a UK alternative.
Project Management roles cannot be included within subcontracting costs. This must be carried out in house.
We would expect subcontractor costs to be justified and appropriate to the total eligible project costs.
Your collaborative research and development (R&D) proposal must demonstrate: