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SBRI – Healthy Ageing Social Ventures industrial research Organisations can apply for a share of £3 million inclusive of VAT to develop products and services to support healthy ageing. Eligibility To lead a project, you must: be an organisation of any size work alone or with other organisations as subcontractors exist wholly to provide benefits for society Contracts will be awarded to a single legal entity only. Open now Opened: 19 July 2021 Closes: 15 September 2021

Programme: Innovate Uk

Award:

Opens: 19 July 2021

Closes: 15 September 2021

Description

This is a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition funded by UKRI. The aim of the competition is to fund organisations to deliver social impact and address one or more of the 7 themes of the Healthy Ageing Challenge Framework

UKRI will award up to £4 million inclusive of VAT across 2 strands. These are:

  1. Healthy Ageing Social Ventures Feasibility Studies for projects with costs up to £50,000
  2. Healthy Ageing Social Ventures industrial research for projects with costs from £50,000 to £150,000 for prototype development and evaluation (this strand)

This is phase 1 of a potential 2-phase competition.

A decision to proceed with phase 2 will depend on the outcomes from phase 1, availability of further funding and assessment of a separate application into a subsequent phase 2 competition.

Only successful applicants from phase 1 will be able to apply to take part in phase 2.

Any adoption and implementation of a solution from this competition would be subject to a separate, possible competitive, procurement exercise. This competition does not cover the purchase of any solution.

In applying to this competition, you are entering into a competitive process. This competition closes at 11am UK time on the date of the deadline.

Funding type

Procurement

Project size

Projects must range in size from £50,000 to £150,000 inclusive of VAT.

Who can apply

Your project

Projects must:

  • start by 1 March 2022
  • end by 29 February 2024
  • have total eligible project costs from £50,000 to £150,000 inclusive of VAT

Projects can last up to 24 months.

Applicant

To lead a project, you must:

  • be an organisation of any size
  • work alone or with other organisations as subcontractors
  • exist wholly to provide benefits for society
  • have stated commitment to social outcomes for an identified set of beneficiaries related to your social or environmental mission
  • have objects in your constitutional documents, which form a constitutional lock, that protect your social or environmental mission
  • have a policy to distribute profits after tax so surpluses are used to achieve social or environmental impacts

Contracts will be awarded only to a single legal entity.

However, if you can justify subcontracting components of the work, you can employ specialist consultants or advisers. This work will still be the responsibility of the main contractor.

Previously submitted applications

You can use a previously submitted application to apply for this competition.

Eligibility overview

Here is a diagram showing a summary of eligibility.

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Eligibility tree SBRI Competition – Healthy Ageing Social Ventures industrial research 950 V2.pdf (opens in a new window)

Funding

Organisations can apply for a share of up to £3 million, inclusive of VAT.

In this strand, prototyping and evaluation contracts will be awarded from £50,000 to £150,000 inclusive of VAT, for each project up to 24 months.

The total funding available for the competition can change. The funders have the right to:

  • adjust the provisional funding allocations
  • apply a ‘portfolio’ approach based on geography, themes, scale of project and sustainability

Value Added Tax (VAT)

You must select whether you are VAT registered before entering your project costs.

If you are VAT registered then you must enter your project costs exclusive of VAT. As part of the application process VAT will be automatically calculated and added to your project cost total.

If you are not VAT registered, then you must enter your project costs exclusive of VAT. You will not be able to increase invoice values to cover VAT later should you become VAT registered.

VAT is the responsibility of the invoicing business. We will not provide any further advice and advise you to seek independent advice from HMRC.

Research and development

Your application must have at least 50% of the contract value attributed directly and exclusively to research and development (R&D) services, including solution exploration and design. R&D can also include prototyping and field-testing the product or service. This lets you incorporate the results of your exploration and design and demonstrate that you can produce in quantity to acceptable quality standards.

R&D does not include:

  • commercial development activities such as quantity production
  • supply to establish commercial viability or to recover R&D costs
  • integration, customisation or incremental adaptations and improvements to existing products or processes

Subsidy Control

SBRI competitions involve procurement of R&D services at a fair market value and are not subject to Subsidy control criteria that typically apply to grant funding.

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