EUREKA GlobalStars Taiwan digital industrial collaborations UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £865,000 to develop collaborative innovation projects in partnership with organisations from participating EUREKA members and GlobalStars countries. Eligibility This competition is open to collaborations only. To be eligible for grant funding from Innovate UK your collaboration: must be led by a UK registered business of any size must involve at least one UK registered SME, if the lead is not an SME must include at least one Taiwan registered organisation can include additional eligible partners from EUREKA members or GlobalStars countries participating in the competition can include other UK registered organisations Open now Opened: 13 September 2021 Closes: 15 December 2021

Programme: Innovate Uk


Opens: 13 September 2021

Closes: 15 December 2021


This competition is for UK businesses that want to apply to the Globalstars EUREKA call. Please visit the EUREKA call for proposals web page if you are not a UK applicant.

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, is investing up to £865,000 to fund collaborative research and development (CR&D) projects focused on industrial research.

The aim of this competition is to identify collaborators and collaboration projects between UK and Taiwanese businesses.

We will fund projects enabling UK industrial digital companies to access, collaborate with and find new markets in Taiwan.

Your project must have high market potential and develop at least one of the following:

  • innovative products
  • technology-based applications
  • technology-based services

Projects must include at least one partner from the UK and Taiwan. Projects can include other partners from one of the EUREKA members participating in the competition.

Projects must have 50% co-investment in place.

In applying to this competition, you are entering into a competitive process.

The lead applicant must submit your Innovate UK application by 4pm UK time on the deadline stated.

Your project team must submit the EUREKA project application form to the EUREKA website by 5pm central European time (4pm UK time) on 15 December 2021.

Funding type


Project size

UK applicants can apply for total grant of up to £300,000 for each project.

Who can apply

Your project

UK applicants can apply for total grant of up to £300,000 for each project.

Your project can:

  • start by 1 August 2022
  • end by 31 July 2024
  • last from 3 to 24 months

Your project must be collaborative.

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

EUREKA terminology and roles

The terminology differs between EUREKA and Innovate UK. In 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’.

Even if the project lead is from a participating EUREKA member other than the UK, the UK registered partners can still claim funding from Innovate UK. These collaborations must include at least one UK registered SME.

UK lead applicant

The UK registered partners in your EUREKA project must nominate one business, of any size, to start an Innovate UK application. We refer to them as the ‘lead organisation’ and the person nominated by that one business to have overall responsibility for the application, as the ‘lead applicant’.

The lead applicant has an overall view of the application and must:

  • start the application
  • monitor the partners’ application progress
  • make sure all UK partners complete their parts of the application
  • click submit once the application is complete

The lead organisation must:

  • be a UK registered business, of any size
  • involve at least one UK registered SME, if the lead is not an SME
  • collaborate with at least one Taiwan registered organisation

The UK registered SME in your consortium must incur at least half of the UK total eligible project costs. If your consortium contains more than one UK SME, this minimum is shared between them

Overseas partners

The UK lead applicant must collaborate with at least one organisation from a EUREKA member or Globalstars country participating in the competition. It must be a separate legal entity, not linked to the UK partners.

You can also collaborate with other participating EUREKA members.

Overall EUREKA project team

The organisations from participating EUREKA members 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 the majority of their funded work within the EUREKA member from which they receive funding, for example the UK for Innovate UK funding.

There must be a genuine collaboration. No more than 50% of the total eligible project costs can be claimed by a single partner or by all partners from a single participating EUREKA member collectively.

The consortium must include at least two businesses that are independent from each other.

UK project team

The UK lead applicant can collaborate with:

UK research organisations cannot lead or work alone. They must be able to show how they will exploit the results of the project to grow the wider sector in the UK.


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 non-UK based, please justify why you are unable to use a UK alternative.

We would expect subcontractor costs to be justified and appropriate to the total eligible project costs.

Partners not claiming funding

A non-grant claiming UK partner cannot lead on a project.

Your collaboration can include organisations from EUREKA members that are not participating in this funding competition provided:

  • they have secured full funding elsewhere
  • you describe in your application why and how they will be involved and where they have secured financing from

Number of applications

A business, can only lead on one application but can be included as a collaborator in a further 2 applications.

If an organisation is not leading any application, it 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)

This competition provides funding in line with the UK's obligations and commitments to Subsidy Control.

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, please take independent legal advice.

You must make sure at all times 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.

Eligibility overview

Here is a diagram showing a summary of eligibility.

This is a new way of showing you eligibility. Your feedback will help us to improve it.

Eligibility Tree - EUREKA Taiwan.pdf (opens in a new window)


We have allocated up to £865,000 to fund innovation projects in this competition.

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

  • up to 50% if you are an SME
  • up to 40% if you are a large business

Your project must have a minimum of 50% co-investment in place.

The UK registered research organisations in your consortium can share up to 50% of the UK total eligible project costs. If your consortium contains more than one UK research organisation, this maximum will be 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 Je-s registered institution such as an academic
  • 100% of your eligible project costs if you are an RTO, charity, non-profit organisation, public sector organisation or research organisation
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