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.

Your project can:

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

Your project must be collaborative.

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.

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

The aim of this competition is to facilitate collaboration between UK and Taiwanese businesses and encourage innovation and deployment of novel digital technologies for manufacturing.

Your project must identify collaborators and collaboration projects between UK and Taiwanese businesses.

Your collaborative R&D proposal must demonstrate:

  • a clear game-changing or disruptive innovative idea leading to new products, processes, or services
  • a strong and deliverable business plan that addresses and documents market potential and needs
  • sound, practical financial plans, and timelines
  • good value for money, which will always be a consideration in Innovate UK funding decisions
  • a clear, evidence-based plan to deliver significant economic impact, return on investment (ROI) and growth through commercialisation, as soon as possible after project completion
  • clear, considerable potential to significantly benefit the UK economy or national productivity
  • the benefit of participants from the countries working together and how this adds value
  • a clear definition of where intellectual property (IP) can be used and shared between the participants and countries
  • a clear route to market within 2 to 3 years of project completion

Your project must focus on one or more of the following:

  • smart manufacturing
  • sensing
  • chemicals
  • industrial Internet of Things (IoT)
  • artificial intelligence (AI)
  • virtual and augmented reality
  • robotics and automation
  • additive manufacturing
  • machine learning
  • big data
  • wider digital technologies, including block chain and enterprise architecture
  • industrial digital technology capability and capacity in both the UK and Taiwan
  • enabling continued growth in key Taiwanese manufacturing sectors, including electronics, energy, and smart machinery
  • key sectors including: pharmaceuticals, energy offshore wind, smart machinery, food and drink

Your project can focus on feasibility studies and industrial research as defined in the general guidance.

An online briefing event will be held on Tuesday 21st September at 1pm UK time: click here to register to attend.

If you want help to find a project collaborator, contact KTN’s European team.