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Canada UK Commercialising Quantum Technology Programme: CR&D UK registered businesses and Canadian SMEs can apply to collaborate on joint research and development projects. These will advance the development of quantum technologies and enable their commercial use cases. Eligibility This competition is open to Canada and UK collaborations only. To lead a project your organisation must: be a UK registered business of any size partner with a Canadian SME or be a Canadian SME partner with at least one grant claiming UK registered business of any size.

Programme: Innovate Uk

Award:

Opens: 21 November 2022

Closes: 19 April 2023

Description

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, will work with the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP) to invest a total of up to £6 million in innovation projects. These will enable the advancement of quantum technologies and their commercial use cases.

The aim of this competition is to strengthen collaborative research and development (CR&D) through Canadian and UK partnerships towards commercialising quantum technologies.

Your proposal must demonstrate co-development, have a high potential for commercialisation, address a technological challenge and include a plan for future exploitation.

In applying for this public funding, you are entering into a competitive process.

This competition closes at 5pm UK time (which is 9am PDT and 12pm EDT) on 19 April 2023.

Funding type

Grant

Project size

The total grant for all UK partners can be up to £450,000 for each application. NRC IRAP will provide a contribution of up to CA$500,000 to each eligible Canadian SME participating in the project.

Who can apply

Your project

Your project must:

  • have a grant funding request of no more than £450,000 allocated to UK organisations
  • have a grant funding request of no more than CA $500,000 allocated to each eligible Canadian small or medium sized enterprise (SME)
  • start by 1 September 2023
  • end by 31 August 2025
  • last between 12 and 24 months

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.

If your project’s total grant funding request or duration falls outside of our eligibility criteria, you must provide justification by email to support@iuk.ukri.org at least 10 working days before the competition closes. We will decide whether to approve your request.

If you have not requested approval or your application has not been approved by us, you will be made ineligible. Your application will then not be sent for assessment.

Canada specific rules

Canadian funding applicants are required to register and submit an Expression of Interest (EoI) to the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP). You must be successful with your EoI before being eligible to apply for this competition.

The EoI registration deadline for Canadian SMEs is 31 January 2023 and the submission deadline is 15 February 2023.

Canadian funding applicants who do not complete an EoI and have not been invited to proceed will not be eligible for funding through this competition.

Please see the NRC IRAP competition page for more information in English and French on Canadian eligibility requirements and to register when the EoI opens on 21 November 2022.

Lead organisation

To lead a project your organisation must be either:

or

  • a Canadian registered small or medium sized enterprise (SME)

More information on the different types of UK organisations can be found in our Funding rules.

Academic institutions and research and technology organisations (RTOs) cannot lead.


Project team

To collaborate with the lead, your organisation must be one of the following:

  • UK registered business of any size
  • UK registered academic institution
  • UK registered research and technology organisation (RTO)
  • Canadian small or medium sized enterprise (SME)
  • Canadian research organisation

Each partner organisation must be invited into the Innovation Funding Service by the lead to collaborate on a project. Once accepted, partners will be asked to login or to create an account and UK registered organisations must enter their own project costs into the Innovation Funding Service.

To be an eligible collaboration, at least one eligible business from the UK must apply for funding when entering their costs into the application and partner with at least one eligible Canadian SME.

In the collaboration, no single partner or country can represent more than 70% of total grant.

Applicants from UK academic institutions or RTOs cannot claim more than 50% of the UK’s total grant requested.

Your project can include partners that do not receive any of this competition’s funding. Their costs must be included in the total project costs.

Canadian project participants who are not eligible for funding (including researchers from the National Research Council of Canada) are welcome to collaborate as additional participants on a self‑funded basis or as subcontractors.

Subcontractors

Subcontractors are allowed in this competition.

For UK organisations, the cost of subcontractors is limited to no more than 20% of your organisation’s total eligible costs.

All subcontractors must be selected through your usual procurement process.

You can use subcontractors from UK, Canada and other countries but must make the case in your application as to why you could not use suppliers from the countries providing grant funding for the project.

You must provide a detailed rationale and evidence of the potential UK or Canadian contractors you approached, with the reasons why they were unable to work with you. We will not accept a cheaper cost as a sufficient reason to use a subcontractor from a third country.

All subcontractor costs must be justified and appropriate for the project.

Number of applications

A UK business can only lead on one application but can be included as a collaborator in one further application.

A UK business that is not leading an application can collaborate on a maximum of two applications.

A Canadian SME may only participate in one application either as a lead or collaborator.

Aademic institutions or RTOs can collaborate in any number of applications.

Previous applications

You cannot use a previously submitted application to apply for this competition.

We will not award you funding if you have:

Subsidy control (and State aid where applicable) for UK organisations

This competition provides funding in line with the UK's obligations and commitments to Subsidy Control for UK organisations. Further information about the UK Subsidy Control requirements can be found within the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation agreement and the subsequent guidance from the department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

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.

Further Information

If you are unsure about your obligations under the UK Subsidy Control regime 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.

If there are any changes to the above requirements that mean we need to change the terms of this competition, we will tell you as soon as possible.

Funding

Up to £3 million from Innovate UK and up to CA$ 4.5 million from the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP), an equivalent of £6 million, has been allocated to fund innovation projects in this competition. Funding will be in the form of a grant.

Selected CR&D projects will be eligible to receive funding from their respective national funding body.

UK Organisations

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 feasibility studies and industrial research projects, you could get funding for your eligible project costs of:

  • up to 70% if you are a micro or small organisation
  • up to 60% if you are a medium sized organisation
  • up to 50% if you are a large organisation

For more information on company sizes, please refer to the company accounts guidance. This is a change from the EU definition unless you are applying under State aid.

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.

Research participation for UK organisations

The research organisations undertaking non-economic activity as part of the project can share up to 50% of the total grant request. If your consortium contains more than one research organisation undertaking non-economic activity, this maximum is shared between them. Of that 50% you could get funding for your eligible project costs of up to:

  • 80% of full economic costs (FEC) if you are a UK Je-S registered institution such as an academic
  • 100% of your project costs if you are a UK registered RTO

Canadian SMEs

NRC IRAP will provide a maximum contribution of up to CA$500,000 to each eligible Canadian SME participating in the project. Canadian SMEs may receive up to 50% funding of eligible project costs.

Canadian SME applicants must be registered as NRC IRAP clients to be considered for funding through this competition. Please see the NRC IRAP competition page for more information in English and French when the EoI competition opens on 21 November 2022.

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