UK Sweden call for projects

From 14 April 2020 to 1 July 2020
This call is closed

The UK and Sweden are announcing a joint funding call for aerospace R&D projects under the Eureka Network Projects programme. Applicants are expected to develop project proposals which have strong market potential for the UK and Sweden.

Project proposals must demonstrate alignment to the respective national aerospace strategies of the applicants:

UK: Accelerating Ambition Technology Strategy 2019

Sweden: NRIA Flyg 2020 – the Swedish aeronautical research and innovation agenda

We reserve the right to apply a ‘portfolio’ approach in this competition. The portfolio will be spread across a range of: scope areas; project durations; project costs, including demonstrating value for money.

Participating Countries

  • Sweden
  • United Kingdom

Timetable

  • Announcement of the Call: 12th March 2020
  • Opening of the Call: 27th April 2020
  • Deadline for Eureka Application: 1st July 2020 at 14:00 (CET) and 13:00 (BST)
  • Consensus meeting of Funding Agencies: Week Commencing 24th August 2020
  • Eureka Label: October 2020
  • Endorsement: October 2020

Eligibility criteria

Project results will have to contribute to the development of potential commercial products, applications and/or technology-based services. The project proposals must comply with the following guidelines:

  1. The consortium should include at least two, non-linked businesses – one from each participating nation;
  2. No nation representing more than 70% of the total eligible cost of the project;
  3. The lead participant must be a business, to ensure that the project is focused on industrial exploitation;
  4. Research institutes, universities, public sector and other organisations are welcome as additional participants or subcontractors according to each country’s funding regulations;
  5. Projects should demonstrate alignment to the respective aerospace R&D strategies of each nation;
  6. State Aid rules apply. Projects must fit within the definitions of Industrial Research and Article 25 as stated in the European Commission’s General Block Exemption Regulation No 651/2014 (GBER). It is your responsibility to make sure that your organisation is eligible to receive state aid.
  7. Applicants should ensure that funded work is carried out within the national boundary from which they are in receipt of funding, unless approved by prior agreement with the respective national funding agency; Vinnova or Innovate UK.
  8. Subcontract costs should not exceed 20% of a partner’s total costs.
  9. The duration of the project should not be less than 12 months, and not more than 36 months.

Projects must start no later than 1st September 2020 / end no later than 31st August 2023 with all participants starting work on the same date. If you want to start later than 1st September 2020 you must contact Vinnova and Innovate UK before you submit your application.


Additional Considerations

The project proposals should consider the following additional guidelines:

  1. Organisations from other Eureka Member States may also participate provided,
    • they arrange their own funding
    • the project meets the eligibility criteria
  2. Clear definitions of where Intellectual Property can be used and shared between the participants should be addressed in the proposal.
  3. Clearly explain the reasons behind why this research is being conducted internationally. The project proposal should demonstrate a clear benefit and added value resulting from the cooperation between all the participants.
  4. All successful applicants within a project must agree to start the project on the same date.
  5. A consortium agreement signed by all project partners is mandatory within 3 months of project start date.

Funding information

United Kingdom

The UK funding for this competition is provided under the ATI Programme, a joint Government and industry investment to maintain and grow the UK’s competitive position in civil aerospace design and manufacture. The programme, delivered through a partnership between the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI), Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and Innovate UK, addresses technology, capability and supply chain challenges.

UK organisations can apply for grants according to Innovate UK terms and conditions for the ATI Programme. Full Terms and Conditions are available on the Innovate UK Innovation Funding Service (IFS) for this competition.

In addition, the following funding levels apply:

  • 50% for businesses (regardless of size)
  • 80% full economic costing (FEC) for academics
  • 100% grant for non-profit research and technology organisations (RTO), public sector organisations (PSO) and charities

The RTO, PSO charities and academics in your consortium can share up to 30% of the total national project grant.

UK based organisations must sign up to the ATI Framework Agreement to allow data sharing with the ATI. UK based organisations funded under this contribution are exempt from paying the ATI Industrial Contribution

Your project must have a potential application within the civil aerospace sector.

The ATI Programme does not fund projects that focus solely on defence, space or other industrial sectors, but we will recognise dual use technologies providing the primary application is in civil aerospace.

For successful applications all project participants shall have entered into a Consortium Agreement, and agreed the second level project plan, and risk register with the Monitoring Officer no later than 3 months after the start date of the project. Any payment is subject to a completion of these documents.

Sweden


The Swedish funding is provided by Innovair which is the Swedish national strategic Programme for aeronautics and is being funded by Vinnova.

Swedish participants can apply for grants according to Vinnova’s general terms and conditions for grants.

In addition, the following funding levels apply:

  • 50 % for businesses
  • 100% grant for academics, non-profit research and technology organisations (RTO)

The total grant requested by Academy and Research Organisations may not exceed 30% of the total grant requested by the Swedish participants.

For successful applications all project participants shall have entered into a Consortium Agreement no later than 3 months after the start date of the project.

How to apply

To apply for the call, the following documents are mandatory:

Eureka Project Form

The project consortium should fill out the project description in the Eureka Project Form. The form must be completed in English. For this call a specific instruction for filling out the 'EurekaProject Form’ is available. Please see Annex A. The project consortium is strongly advised to follow this instruction and describe all necessary elements in the form as requested.

Integrated Project Delivery Plan and Milestone Register


Additionally, the project consortium must fill out the Integrated Project Plan. Please see Annex B for guidance on this document which will be available to download from the national funding organisation’s application portal.

Partner Finances


All applicants should submit their project finances to their respective national funding authority in accordance with the national application processes.

Inclusion and Diversity


All applicants should complete the questions regarding equality. This is linked to:

  • Vinnova's instructions from the government that the authority should work to include gender and / or sex perspectives in the projects that we finance, when applicable.
  • Innovate UK Delivery Plan 2019: Research and Innovation priorities: Build a coherent, supportive environment incentivising R&D investment and enabling people and businesses to innovate

Value for Money (VfM): UK Participants Only

UK participants should complete the Value for Money (VfM) and Additonaility questions on the Innovate UK Innovation Funding Service (IFS) for this competition.

Submission


UK applicants must complete all of the requirements on IFS

Swedish participants of the international project consortium apply on the Vinnova website to the national call: UK-Swedish Call for Joint R&D Projects in Aerospace 2020

The completed Eureka project form, Integrated Project Delivery Plan and Milestone Register, budget and signatures should be submitted to each of the national funding authorities before 1st July 2020: Innovate UK 13:00 (BST); and Vinnova 14:00 (CET), at the latest.

Assessment


Independent assessment will take place in both the UK and Sweden. Panels will include a set of independent experts from the UK and Sweden.

At the same time projects will be reviewed by panels led by the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) in the UK and Innovair, Sweden’s national strategic innovation programme for aeronautics, for eligibility against the respective national strategies. National decisions will be made at this stage.

UK Applications are additional assessed for value for money by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

Funding award

Funding Award


A joint UK and Sweden consensus panel will agree on which projects to fund. It will use a portfolio approach.

Vinnova and Innovate UK will make the final decision on which projects to fund.

Successful projects will be put forward for a Eureka labeling

United Kingdom


UK organisations interested in submitting a project are recommended to contact Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) to discuss the eligibility of the scope of the proposal, prior to submission. All eligibility and other criteria / submission queries should be directed to Innovate UK. Contact details are provided in Section IV: NATIONAL CONTACT INFORMATION.

The offer of funding is conditional and subject to the satisfactory completion of a finance review by Innovate UK and project document approval by your Innovate UK assigned Monitoring Officer (MO).

Upon satisfactory completion of pre-start checks, Innovate UK will issue your GOL which must be signed by each partner, uploaded to IFS and approved before your project is able to start.

Successful UK applicants will also agree the second level project plan, and risk register with the Monitoring Officer no later than 3 months after the start date of the project.

In addition, all project participants shall have entered into a Consortium Agreement no later than 3 months after the project start date.

Any payment to UK participants is subject to completion of these documents.

Sweden


Swedish organisation interested in submitting a project are recommended to contact Innovair to discuss how the project is aligned with the national aerospace strategy plan, prior to submission. All other eligibility criteria queries should be directed to Vinnova. Contact details are provided in Section IV: NATIONAL CONTACT INFORMATION.

Prior to project start, all Swedish participants, including an assigned Swedish coordinator, must fill in the form “Participant Approval”. All Project Participants shall enter into a Consortium Agreement. The Consortium Agreement shall include the Participants' mutual commitments, conditions concerning rights to foreground and background information and other issues of significance to the cooperation. For successful applications all project participants shall have entered into a Consortium Agreement no later than 3 months after the start date of the project i.e. no later than the date when the first Vinnova status report is due.

Applicants will also need to submit an abstract (or agree wording based on the proposal submission) that will be published by Vinnova.

Promotion and partnering opportunities

Innovair and ATI will hold Information and Consortia building meetings. Where appropriate, the meetings will be recorded and made available online a few days after the events.

  • 22nd April 2020 – Virtual Information Day For further formation you should contact ATI and Innovair