GBP 16 million for China-UK collaborative innovation projects

Up to GBP 16 million are available for China-UK collaborative research and innovation projects that address the socio-economic challenges in China regarding health, energy, agri-food and urbanisation. UK businesses can obtain grants of up to GBP 700.000, whilst Chinese partners are eligible for a max. grant of GBP 517.063.

Innovate UK, Research Council UK & Ministry of Science and Technology in China (MoST) are jointly managing this programme.

A wide range of entities are eligible in both UK and China:

  • Eligible UK applicants are:
    • UK companies of any size, registered, based and operating in the UK.
    • Academic institutions, other research organisations, public sector bodies (that might   include city governments for example) and charities/non-profit organisations undertaking research activity in the UK are also eligible to participate as per Innovate UK’s funding rules:
  • Eligible China applicants are:
    • Micro, Small, Medium and Large companies that operate and are headquartered in China
    • Research centres (ROs)
    • Academic organisations (AOs)

An eligible project consortium must include at least:

    • A Chinese business partner
    • A Chinese research organization
    • A UK business partner
    • A UK research organization

Projects must be focused on industrial research, but can also include Experimental Development activities. Further details about project eligibility on the four programme topics (health, energy, agri-food and urbanisation), as well as the applicable funding conditions, can be found in the presentation here.

The competition timeline involves a two-stage application process, with results being released in October 2016:

  • Competition opens: 16th November 2015
  • Registration deadline for UK applicants: Noon 23 March 2016
  • Expressions of Interest (EOI) deadline: Noon 30 March 2016
  • Stage 2 opens for invited applicants: 13 June 2016
  • Deadline for invited applicants: Noon 24 August 2016
  • Release date of Competition results: 21 October 2016

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