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UK – Germany Bilateral: Collaborative R&D

Fund Name

UK - Germany Bilateral: Collaborative R&D Round 3

Project Length

18-36 months

Project Value

£500k

Deadline

03.06.2024

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, will work with The Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Klimaschutz (BMWK), (The Federal Ministry For Economic Affairs And Climate Action), to invest up to £4 million in innovation projects.

This competition aims to enhance UK and German collaborations and capabilities in the emerging fields of technology in our society. This is to develop and deliver innovations and applications of the technologies across a broad range of sectors.

You must collaborate with at least one German registered SME applying to the German ZIM programme, which must be a separate legal entity, not linked to the UK partners to be eligible.

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Fund details

Projects must demonstrate:

  • a clear game-changing or disruptive innovative idea leading to new products, processes or services
  • a strong and deliverable business proposal within your application that addresses and documents, market potential and needs
  • sound, practical financial plans and timelines
  • good value for money
  • how you intend to deliver significant economic impact, return on investment (ROI) and growth through commercialisation, within 2 to 3 years of project completion
  • clear 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

Specific themes 

  • Quantum
  • AI
  • Semiconductor Applications
  • Engineering Biology
  • Future Telecommunications
  • Green Technologies (including hydrogen and battery technologies)

Eligibility

Your project must:

  • have a maximum grant funding request of £500,000
  • last between 18 and 36 months
  • carry out the majority of its project work in the UK
  • intend to exploit the results from or in the UK

To lead a project. your organisation must:

  • be a UK-registered business of any size
  • be or involve at least one UK micro, small or medium-sized enterprise (SME)
  • collaborate with at least one German registered SME applying to the German ZIM programme, which must be a separate legal entity, not linked to the UK partners

Each German project partner must submit a separate, individual ZIM application to BMWK.

 

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