Funding competition: Jiangsu-UK industrial challenge programme

UK businesses can apply for a share of £5 million to carry out projects with partners from Jiangsu province, People’s Republic of China.

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The competition opened on 10 April 2017, and is now closed for registrations.

Innovate UK and Jiangsu Science and Technology Department will both invest in collaborative research and development (R&D) projects. Up to £5 million is available for UK partners from Innovate UK. Jiangsu Science and Technology Department will allocate funding for Jiangsu partners.

This programme is delivered according to the memorandum of understanding for Cooperation in Regional Technology and Innovation, signed between Innovate UK and the Jiangsu Science and Technology Department in 2014.

The aim of this competition is to stimulate economic growth in China and the UK through projects in one of the following areas:

  • innovation in infrastructure systems that address the challenges faced by infrastructure owners, cities, towns and users
  • transformational or disruptive innovation leading to novel, new products, processes or services drawn from any technology, engineering or industrial area

Projects should lead to a significant return on investment and have a clear and anticipated impact on business growth.

We expect to fund between 10 and 15 projects across the 2 areas. Projects should last up to 24 months.

The projects must be business-led on both sides and involve:

  • as a minimum, a collaboration between one business from the UK and one from the Jiangsu province
  • as an option, additional businesses, universities and research centres from both the UK and Jiangsu province as needed to deliver the project

You must register before midday (BST) on 21 June 2017.

You must apply before midday (BST) on 28 June 2017.

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Published 10 April 2017
Last updated 14 June 2017 + show all updates
  1. Removed the text 'Jiangsu province finance summary table' from the guidance for UK applicants under section 6: the application form. This was included in error and is not part of the application process for UK applicants.

  2. Added a link to attend a brokerage event with businesses from Jiangsu province in the notice and brief.

  3. Added link to watch the recorded webinar briefing.

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