INNOVATION FUNDING SERVICE
WARNING: APPLYING FOR UK GRANTS IS AN EXTREMELY COMPLEX AND TIME CONSUMING, HENCE EXPENSIVE, EXERCISE THAT IS NOT SUITABLE FOR START UPS - WHERE THE GOVERNMENT WANT VOLUME APPLICATIONS THAT GIVE THEM A WIDE CHOICE. THERE IS NO MECHANISM FOR TESTING POTENTIAL IDEAS FOR ACCEPTANCE, OTHER THAN APPLYING UNDER ONE OF THEIR GENERAL HEADINGS. UNLESS A CALL IS 100% ON POINT AND YOU HAVE THE FUNDS TO PUT TOGETHER WHAT AMOUNTS TO AN INTRICATE BUSINESS PROPOSAL - WHY RISK WHAT RESOURCES YOU HAVE - CONSIDER INSTEAD, CROWD FUNDING OR COMMERCIAL SPONSORSHIP. THE ADVERTISED H2020 CALLS HAVE SIMILAR PROBLEMS.
The Cleaner Ocean Foundation is too small an entity to realistically lead a bid and does not have the resources to fail and so lose wasted effort and the money that goes with it. Being a charity, the Foundation is barred from leading applications.
We might though propose technology development to bigger entities and then join their consortium as perhaps being vital to the success of the need for ocean cleaning proposals in such areas as Robotics for onboard functions and Satellites to help our autonomous vessels hunt down the elusive plastic carrying currents and where that plastic is coming from.
National grant schemes such as the Open Grant Funding Competition must be led by an SME and funding is limited to 70%. Clearly then, projects such as SeaVax that are not for profit, hence cannot attract conventional business backing to cover the remaining 30% that is not covered, would rule us out. These calls are designed to leverage funding from the private sector, in that once the applicants are on the hook from the initial bite of the carrot, they will spend more on the technology, even if they can ill afford that and ultimately fail.
RULES OF ENGAGEMENT
This competition provides innovation research and development (R&D) funding from feasibility (including market research), through to technology or prototype testing and development stages up to (but not including) commercialisation.
Your proposal must demonstrate:
good value for money which will always be a consideration in Innovate UK funding decisions
a clear, evidence based plan to deliver significant economic impact, return on investment (ROI) and growth through commercialisation, as soon as possible after project completion
* clear, considerable potential to significantly impact the UK economy and/or productivity in a positive way
Projects can focus on:
Please see the general guidance to help you decide which category your project fits in.
For feasibility studies and industrial research, you could get funding for your eligible project costs of:
up to 70% if you are a small business
up to 60% if you are a medium-sized business
up to 50% if you are a large business
For experimental development projects which are nearer to market, you could get funding for your eligible project costs of:
PROJECTS WE WILL NOT FUND
We will not fund proposals that:
* do not meet the competition scope
* do not address the size, potential and access to market for the innovation
* do not evidence the potential for their idea or concept leading to significant return on investment (ROI), positive economic impact, growth and scale-up of the business
KTP applications must follow the specific guidance for KTPs.
Who can apply
Any business or RTO can only lead one project application per competition round. If more than one application is submitted with the same lead, only the first application will be considered for assessment.
Research and technology organisations
If you are an RTO then the following rules apply:
Under the terms of Innovate UK funding, you are required to submit an independent accountant’s report (IAR) with your final claim. If you or any organisation in your consortium failed to submit an IAR on a previous project, we will not award funding to you in this or any other competition until the documents have been received.
DATES & CONTACTS
24 September 2018
- Competition opens
HORIZON 2020 CALL ISSUES
One of the problems with any UK innovation call is that the rules and assessment process do not favour applications from small entities that may spend a disproportionate amount of money and time pursuing an application that will ultimately be consigned to the bin in favour of larger corporations that do not need the money.
OTHER DECISION MAKING CONSIDERATIONS
Calls are decided by academics looking to solve a particular niche problem without any thought for the viability or survival of applicants from such commitment, and that usually means a lack of vision when it comes to larger projects - indeed, forward thinking projects with such scope are generally ruled out automatically.
We do not say this lightly, we speak from real life experiences and a reading of actual documents relating to actual applications from some of those who are contributing to this project. Big thanks to them for sharing that information and heading off time wasting efforts.
For these reasons, although we have looked at the process, we were leaning towards a mix of accepting charitable donations and corporate (philanthropic) associations. By inviting such participation we hope to be able to top up the already generous donations from Avaaz members (thank you everyone) from when Bluebird Marine Systems were running their SeaVax programme.
IT'S NOT WHAT IT SEEMS - It's actually a trap to lure unsuspecting entrepreneurs and researchers into spending time on an application where not only do you not have a chance of success, but you'll be giving your ideas away for nothing.
LINKS & REFERENCE
SUSTAINABLE FISHING: UN picture of fishermen in Evia, Greece fishing using nets from small boats as they have for hundreds of years without destroying our fisheries. Marine capture fisheries are a critical component for food security. Their production is close to the maximum ecosystem productivity (NRC 2006), cannot be increased substantially in the future and could decline if not properly managed, leaving the world to solve a significant new food deficit.
This website is provided on a free basis as a public information service. copyright © Cleaner Oceans Foundation Ltd (COFL) (Company No: 4674774) November 2018. Solar Studios, BN271RF, United Kingdom. COFL is a charity without share capital. The names AmphiMax™, RiverVax™ and SeaVax™ are trade names used under license by COF in connection with their 'Feed The World' ocean cleaning sustainability campaign.