- A collaboration proposing an R&D project that meets the requirements in this section is eligible to apply to this competition and does so in accordance with the national laws, rules, regulations and procedures of their jurisdiction or country.
- Project Composition
- Projects must be collaborative, containing partners from both India and the UK.
- Project duration should be up to 24 months.
- Projects must be innovative and market-driven, leading to the proposed development of a new product, service or process, leading ultimately to commercialisation.
- Projects must articulate clear commercial goals and associated commercialisation strategies.
- Projects must have identical start and end dates for both UK and Indian applicants (both funders reserve the right to withdraw the grant if these dates are not kept to).
- Each proposal must include as a minimum:
- An Indian business partner
- An Indian research organisation/academic institution/organisation
- A UK business partner
- A UK research organisation
- Within these four, there should be:
- An Indian registered organisation Project Lead (IPL), leading the Indian part of the project and communicating with the UK Project Lead. The IPL can be a business, research organisation or academic institution/organisation. The collaboration must be led by organisations in India whose primary focus is on the translation and commercialisation of research and/or knowledge. This competition is not about funding basic research.
- A UK Project Lead (UKPL), who is a UK registered organisation, leading the UK side of the project and communicating with the Indian Project Lead. The UKPL can be a business or an RO who can demonstrate a clear route to commercialisation and whose primary focus is on the translation of research and/or knowledge. This competition is not about funding basic research.
How to Apply
- To enter this competition, the project should appoint one of the Project Leads (either from the UK or India) who must register via the competition website.
- Applicants will receive an email acknowledgement of registration immediately and then an additional email containing a username and password for the secure upload facility, along with a unique application form and number. Following registration acknowledgement, applicant must allow up to 48 hours for receipt of an email application form.
- Having received unique username and password, the applicant can log into the secure website to access additional documentation relevant to the competition.
This is a two stage process-
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- Stage 1: Expression of Interest – Applicants collaborate to submit a single application per project to Innovate UK, which is assessed separately by Innovate UK and DBT assessors. Assessment results for Innovate UK and DBT will be compared and a joint ranked list of results produced.
- Stage 2: Full Stage –Top ranking applications from Stage 1 will be invited to submit a full stage application and supporting documentation to Innovate UK. This will again be assessed separately by Innovate UK and DBT assessors, and a joint ranked list of results produced.
For more information, please visit India-UK Research and Innovation Bridges Competition.