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As announced on the Gov.uk website and closing on Wednesday 29 July 2020, the Sustainable Innovation Fund will help companies recover from the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) and keep their cutting-edge projects and ideas alive.
All projects must be led by a business and include at least one SME. Proposals can either be from a single business or a collaboration.
This competition is round 1 of a potential 3.
This competition closes at 11am UK time on the deadline stated.
Innovate UK have allocated up to £55 million to fund innovation projects in this competition.
If your organisation’s work on the project is mostly commercial or economic, your funding request must not exceed the limits below. These limits apply even if your organisation normally acts non-economically.
Under the COVID-19 Temporary Framework your business could get up to 80% funding for your eligible project costs, up to a maximum of £175,000 per organisation, regardless of size.
Research organisations working in collaboration undertaking non-economic activity will be funded as follows:
Innovate UK will provide up to £50,000 to each grant-claiming organisation as an advance on grant payment 10 working days after the return of a fully-signed Grant Offer Letter (GOL). This will be taken off the first and any subsequent claims.
This competition provides state aid funding under the COVID-19 Temporary Framework for the UK. It is your responsibility to make sure that your organisation is eligible to receive state aid.
Please refer to the framework, and subsequent amendments to the framework dated 3 April 2020 and 8 May 2020. There are specific T&Cs under the Temporary Framework, including potential clawback, so it is important that you review these and satisfy yourself that this is the best route for your business. Please get in touch if you'd like to know more about this grant
Your project’s total eligible costs must be between £100,000 and £500,000.
Each funded partner can claim a maximum of £175,000 against their eligible project costs. This amount cannot exceed their cumulative aid total of €800,000 if they have received other funding as part of the COVID-19 Temporary Framework.
Projects must be ready to start by 1 October 2020. They can last between 3 and 9 months.
To lead a project or work alone your organisation must:
Academic institutions and research and technology organisations (RTOs) cannot lead or work alone.
Sole traders are not eligible to apply for this competition.
COVID-19 has affected R&D across all sectors, and Innovate UK's aim with this competition is to help all sectors of the UK recover, grow and create new opportunities from the aftermath of the global health pandemic.
Your proposal must show evidence of key challenges as a direct consequence of COVID-19, and how your project can help solve them.
In addition, Innovate UK expect your proposal to ensure that any recovery, growth and opportunity is clean and sustainable.
They expect all projects to consider COVID-19 recovery in a way that has a positive impact on climate change and/or environmental sustainability, and you should explain how this will be achieved, maintained and measured.
Innovate UK would also like you to address where necessary, equality, diversity and inclusion in relation to your project, your organisation(s) and your approach to innovation.
They are looking to fund a portfolio of projects, across a variety of technologies, markets, regions, technological maturities and research categories, including the themes listed below.
For more information on this grant, please visit: https://apply-for-innovation-funding.service.gov.uk/competition/651/overview#summary
Alternatively, contact us if you'd like to know whether your project would likely qualify for this grant.