Funding competition: UK-Malaysia urban innovation challenge 2017

UK businesses can apply for a share of £3 million to work with Malaysian partners on innovative urban solutions in Malaysia.

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Competition guidance: UK-Malaysia urban innovation challenge 2017

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The competition opened on 2 May 2017 and is now closed for registrations.

Innovate UK is investing up to £3 million for projects that use cutting-edge solutions to improve cities in Malaysia.

The aim of this competition is to encourage innovative partnerships between the UK and Malaysia. Innovate UK and PlaTCOM Ventures, Malaysia are funding this competition, administered by the Newton Fund.

Projects should address one or more of the following urban challenges:

  • urban mobility
  • urban waste
  • urban water management

Businesses can get up to 70% of their eligible project costs, depending on their size and the work package. We expect projects to range in size from total project costs of £300,000 to £500,000 in the UK. This would mean a total grant size not exceeding £400,000 per project. Projects should last 2 years.

If you are a UK business, you can carry out the project as the only UK partner or you can work with others. However, you will need to partner with at least one Malaysian small and medium-sized enterprise (SME). A business must lead the project in the UK. Only SMEs are allowed to lead in Malaysia.

You must register before midday on 30 August 2017.

You must apply before midday on 6 September 2017.

Watch the webinar briefing event for potential applicants.

Attend a brokerage event to find project partners on 8 June 2017.

Not right for your innovation project? View other Innovate UK funding competitions.

Published 12 April 2017
Last updated 31 August 2017 + show all updates
  1. Removed register and apply link as the competition has now closed.

  2. Change to page 15 of the guidance for applicants: the proportion of total eligible costs mistakenly had a 50/50 split. This should have read as a 70/30 split.

  3. Added details of brokerage event to find project partners. Clarified eligible project costs in the notice.

  4. Added link to webinar briefing event.

  5. Added registration link and guidance for applicants.

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