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UK–Germany collaborative R&D

Innovate UK will work with The Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Klimaschutz (BMWK), (The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action), to invest up to £4 million in innovation projects. This competition has an open scope.

UK-registered organisations must apply to and will be funded by Innovate UK. German partners will be funded by BMWK and must apply to the German ZIM programme. Both UK and German applications must be successful to receive grant funding.

The aim of this competition is to support UK and German business-led collaboration in innovation with grant funding. Innovate UK will support UK businesses to collaborate successfully with German counterparts and build your global growth prospects.

Your proposal must contribute to the development of commercial products, processes or technical services.

Your project must have an obvious advantage and added value as a result of the partnership. Examples of these could be increased innovation capability, commercial leads, access to R&D infrastructure or new fields of application.

Support: You are encouraged to focus your meetings on the Innovate UK support days on 16 and 17 March 2023. This should allow time to help you meet and develop projects, and submit an application by the deadline of 7 June 2023. Innovate UK and Innovate UK EDGE will be available between 10:00–16:00 on these days. If you are unavailable during these times, it will be possible to schedule collaboration meetings at any time until the competition deadline.

  • Competition opens: 7 February 2023
  • Online Applicant Briefing: 8 February 2023 – UK organisations (recording here)
  • Online Applicant Briefing: 7 March 2023 – German organisations (information here)
  • Competition closes: 7 June 2023 11.00am (GMT)
  • Applicants notified: 1 September 2023