Canada – UK 2022-23 collaborative industrial research and development call for proposals

From: National Research Council Canada

1. Introduction

Working together, the governments of Canada and the United Kingdom (UK) aim to foster and support collaborative research and development (R&D) projects with a high potential for commercialization. This call for proposals is open to organizations from Canada and the UK who wish to form project consortia to perform collaborative projects focused on developing innovative products, processes or technology‑based services in the area of net‑zero value chains, specifically those that reduce the carbon footprint of transportation.

2. Application deadlines

May 23, 2022 Canadian registration deadline
May 27, 2022 Canadian expression of interest deadline
June 29, 2022 International consortium project proposal deadline

3. Sectors of focus

Projects must focus on the research and development of on‑vehicle, which includes locomotives, or on‑vessel innovative technologies, processes, or technology‑based services that enable transition to net‑zero transportation, for the automotive, rail or maritime sectors. Projects must demonstrate high potential for commercialization, address on‑vehicle, including locomotives, or on‑vessel innovative technologies, processes or technology‑based services.

Projects must focus on 1 or more of the following themes:

  1. Low- and zero‑emission propulsion
  2. Advanced materials and manufacturing
  3. Highly disruptive technologies
  4. Assistive technologies and control systems

1. Low- and zero‑emission propulsion:

2. Advanced materials and manufacturing:

3. Highly disruptive technologies:

4. Assistive technologies and control systems:

4. Eligibility requirements

To be considered for funding, applicants must form a project consortium and develop a collaborative research and development (R&D) project that meets the following criteria:

4.1 Canadian applicant

4.2 Consortium

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In addition to the Canadian SME, additional Canadian organizations (research institutes, universities, government laboratories, research and technology organizations, large enterprises and other companies) may participate on a self‑funded basis or as subcontractors.

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4.3 Project

4.4 UK eligibility requirements

Please consult the Innovate UK Innovation Funding Service (IFS) call for proposals announcement for UK eligibility requirements.

5. Funding

Eligible project participants in collaborative projects selected through this call for proposals may receive funding from their respective national funding bodies. Funds will be provided in accordance with the applicable laws, regulations, rules, and procedures established by the relevant national funding bodies, country, and jurisdiction.

Non‑eligible project participants (e.g. universities, research institutes, etc., and participants from other countries) are welcome to participate on a self‑funded basis or as sub‑contractors to funded participants, according to each country's funding regulations.

Additional country‑specific funding parameters are outlined below:

5.1 Canadian funding

In Canada, this call for proposals is offered through the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP). NRC IRAP is responsible for delivering this call for proposals and for managing any resulting funding agreements.

Eligible Canadian SMEs may receive up to 50% reimbursement of eligible project costs up to a maximum total funding amount of $500,000 CAD over 12 to 24 months.

Note: Canadian SME applicants must be eligible for funding as NRC IRAP clients before they can be considered for funding through this call for proposals. For more information on NRC IRAP eligibility and becoming an NRC IRAP client, please contact NRC IRAP at 1-877-994-4727.

Note: Canadian SME applicants may apply to more than 1 NRC IRAP call for proposals simultaneously. However, NRC IRAP may limit the number of funded projects per applicant. Canadian SME applicants who are applying to more than 1 opportunity or who have ongoing NRC IRAP projects should speak to their NRC IRAP representative for more information.

5.2 UK funding

In the UK, this call for proposals is offered through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). Innovate UK, part of UKRI, is responsible for the delivery of this call for proposals and the management of any resulting funding agreements.

Please consult the Innovate UK IFS call for proposals announcement for UK funding parameters.

6. Application process

This call for proposal is being hosted by Innovate UK's Innovation Funding Service (IFS). Each project consortium must complete and submit the joint project application form via the UK Innovation IFS application portal. Please consult the Innovate UK IFS application portal for instructions on how to complete and submit the project application package.

In addition to the project consortium submitting the IFS project application form, each project partner seeking funding must submit all required documents to their respective national funding body and meet its due diligence process requirements. Failure to do so, at any point or for any reason, may cause the entire collaborative project application to be considered incomplete or ineligible and render the entire project consortium ineligible for funding through this call for proposals.

Application processes and evaluations will be performed independently by each national funding body in accordance with their national and institutional laws and regulations. Once each national funding body has evaluated the submitted applications, a final joint project selection will be performed.

Information on respective application processes follows below:

6.1 Canadian application process

The Canadian application process has 4 phases:

  1. Registration
  2. Expression of interest
  3. International consortium project proposal
  4. National funding body proposal and funding agreement

Step 1: Registration phase

Each Canadian applicant must register using the Register button at the bottom of this page. Basic information about the applicant and the organization will be required upon registration.

NRC IRAP will review registrations for this call for proposals and contact applicants if more information is required. Qualifying applicants will proceed to the next phase and be invited to submit an expression of interest form.

Step 2: Expression of interest phase

During this phase, each Canadian applicant seeking funding must submit an expression of interest (EOI) form outlining basic information on the applicant and the collaborative project.

While completing the EOI form, each Canadian applicant is encouraged to contact their NRC IRAP representative to discuss their project idea and receive guidance on preparing their submission.

It is recommended that applicants submit the EOI as early as possible. EOIs will be evaluated by the applicant's NRC IRAP representative and the NRC IRAP International Office. Qualifying applicants will be invited to submit the more detailed international consortium project proposal in collaboration with their project partners. The lead Canadian applicant will be provided all templates needed to submit the project application package.

Step 3: International consortium project proposal phase

During the international consortium project proposal (ICPP) phase, all project partners must work together to complete and submit the project application package.

In this call for proposals, the Canadian project application package consists of:

  1. International Consortium Project Proposal / Innovate UK IFS project application form, outlining the:
    • project consortium
    • collaborative project
    • expected outcomes
    • expected project cost and calendar
  2. NRC IRAP Canadian SME Annex form containing additional information required to assess the Canadian SME applicants and the project consortium
  3. Draft international consortium agreement containing descriptions of the following:
    • Roles and responsibilities of each consortium member
    • Project management framework
    • Division of intellectual property rights
    • Confidentiality and publication agreements, and liability clauses

Canadian ICPP applications will be evaluated by an NRC IRAP evaluation team including the applicant's NRC IRAP representative and the NRC IRAP International Office. Then, the amalgamated evaluation results will be shared between both implicated national funding bodies to jointly select the collaborative projects that will be invited to proceed to the final national funding body proposal and funding agreement stage.

Step 4: National funding body proposal and funding agreement phase

During the national funding body proposal and funding agreement phase, all eligible project partners work independently to complete funding proposals and sign legally binding funding agreements with their respective national funding body. Canadian applicants will work with their NRC IRAP representative to prepare an NRC IRAP funding proposal and contribution agreement.

6.2 UK application process

For information related to application stages, requirements, instructions, ICPP application packages, and national funding body proposals and funding agreements, please consult the Innovate UK IFS call for proposals announcement.

7. Contacts

For questions, concerns, or for more information, please contact the appropriate call for proposals representative listed below:

7.1 Canada

Kasturi Narayanan
NRC IRAP UK National Program Coordinator
National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program
Kasturi.Narayanan@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca

7.2 UK

Francesca Ludicello
Programme Manager – Automotive, Zero Emission Vehicles, Land & Maritime Transport
Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund
UK Research and Innovation | Innovate UK
francesca.iudicello@innovateuk.ukri.org

8. Registration

Canadian SME participants are registered NRC IRAP clients.  If not already an NRC IRAP client, Canadian SMEs must contact 1-877-994-4727 to determine if they might be eligible for support through the NRC IRAP.

To begin the application process, the lead Canadian applicant must register for this opportunity by clicking the Register button:

If there is no Register button visible below this line, it means the call for proposals has closed. Please contact the Contact listed or the NRC IRAP International Office for more information.

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