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Call 2 for UK registered SMEs

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Application Deadline: Thursday 24 March 2022 1:00pm

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 £2.5 million 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:

  • innovative products
  • technology based applications
  • technology based services

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.

Eligibility

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.

Your project

To apply, you must fulfil seven eligibility criteria:

  1. Your consortium is led by an innovative SME from a Eurostars country.
  2. Your consortium includes at least two independent entities.
  3. Your consortium includes entities from at least two Eurostars countries, the entities concerned must be independent from each other.
  4. The budget of the SME(s) from a Eurostars country, excluding subcontracting, is 50% or more of the total project cost.
  5. No single participant or country is responsible for more than 70% of the project budget.
  6. The project duration is 36 months or less.
  7. The project has an exclusively civilian purpose.

UK registered SME’s 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’.

UK organisations

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:

  • invest 10% or more of their turnover into research
  • have 10% of their full time equivalent staff working on research activities
  • have 5 or more full time staff working on research activities if the SME has 100 or fewer employees
  • have 10 or more full time staff working on research activities if the SME has more than 100 employees

Innovate UK will not fund any other types of organisations, including:

  • academic institutions, including universities
  • research and technology organisations (RTOs)
  • charities
  • large businesses

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:

  1. UK SMEs can only take part in one Eurostars project at a time.
  2. If any UK partner has an existing project, it must declare that all project deliverables are met. You cannot apply for new Eurostars projects until your previous projects have been completed.
  3. UK partners must be separate, non-linked legal entities.
  4. UK partners must have been trading for 12 months at the competition application deadline.
  5. All UK funded work must be carried out in the UK and your project costs must be incurred in the UK.
  6. UK subcontracting is capped at 20% of the UK partners’ total eligible costs.1.UK-led projects must be managed by an innovative SME.
  7. You cannot subcontract project management.
  8. Your labour costs must be on a pay as you earn (PAYE) basis, following the PAYE rules below.
  9. Overheads are capped at 25% of labour costs.

Application Procedure

You must read and comply with the instructions and guidelines for the Eurostars call.

Official Website: Call 2 for UK registered SMEs

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