Global Expert Missions

The Global Expert Missions (GEM) programme aims to create global growth opportunities for UK innovation through strategically aligned partnerships with the right businesses in the right countries.

Global Expert Missions creating global growth opportunities for UK innovation.

The Global Expert Missions (GEM) programme is funded by Innovate UK to support the Industrial Strategy’s ambition for the UK to be the international partner of choice for science and innovation. Led by KTN, GEMs play an important role in building strategic partnerships, providing deep insight into the opportunities for UK innovation and shaping future bilateral collaboration programmes.

Global collaborations are crucial in meeting the Industrial Strategy’s Grand Challenges and is further supported by the International Research and Innovation Strategy.

Through its inward, outward, and virtual missions, the programme has objectives to:

  • Building International Collaboration

Establish expert insights and objective evidence to inform and enhance the UK’s innovation partnerships with key global economies.

  • Informing UK businesses and Government

Disseminate expert-based insights to maximise knowledge of UK businesses and identify strategic actions to facilitate Government initiative to exploit new opportunities.

  • Showcasing UK Capabilities 

Promote the UK’s technological and business strengths to be the “Partner of Choice” in future innovation partnerships with strategic global economies.

Global Expert Mission Dissemination Activities

KTN delivers dissemination events for each Global Expert Mission to highlight key findings and provide a holistic and wide viewpoint of the technological capabilities within these sectors and countries. We have published reports from each Global Expert Mission where we share the information and insights gathered during the delegation’s time in each country.

Current Global Expert Missions funding opportunities

UK-South Korea Collaborative R&D

Opens: 14/02/2022 Closes: 06/07/2022

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £2 million for this competition, with a maximum grant of £350k/project. This funding is for the purpose of developing innovative proposals with South Korea.

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Horizon Europe Cluster 4: Digital, Industry and Space

Opens: 22/12/2021 Closes: 16/11/2022

Horizon Europe has a wide variety of open calls for digital, industry and space, with over €150m total funding. Current open calls in cluster 4 relate to 2D materials, graphene, robotics and AI.

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Energy Catalyst Round 9

Opens: 18/05/2022 Closes: 10/08/2022

Organisations can apply for a share of up to £20 million to create new or improved clean energy access in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia or the Indo-Pacific regions.

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Global Expert Missions Events And Recordings


Sustainable Fashion Business Showcase: Innovate UK Global Expert Mission with India

09.30 - 12.15 | Online

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Smart Cities Opportunities in South Korea

09.00 - 11.00 | Online

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Fashion Comes Full Circle: Redesigning a Sustainable Future Through International Collaboration

14.00 - 15.30 | Online

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