EUREKA GlobalStars Japan

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £1 million to develop innovative proposals with Japan and other EUREKA participating members.

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Total eligible UK project costs are expected to be between £100,000 and £1 million. Up to 70% of projects can be funded.



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EUREKA, in partnership with NEDO (Japan), announce a Global Stars funding competition for research and development (R&D) projects under the EUREKA programme.

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, is investing £1 million to fund UK businesses leading collaborative research and development (R&D) projects.

Projects should result in a new product, industrial process or service, be innovative and involve a technological risk.

Projects must be co-ordinated by a lead partner from the UK and a lead partner from Japan. Partners from each additional country should also nominate a lead from that country.

Your project must:

  • have total UK eligible costs between £100,000 and £1 million
  • start by 1 March 2021
  • last up to 24 months

To lead a project your organisation must:

  • be a UK registered business, of any size
  • involve at least one UK based SME, unless the lead themselves is an SME
  • the UK registered SME in your consortium must incur at least half of the UK total eligible project costs. If your
  • consortium contains more than one UK SME, this minimum is shared between them
  • collaborate with a lead organisation registered in Japan

Organisations from other EUREKA participating members may be included if they meet the funding and eligibility conditions of their respective national funding bodies.

The consortium must include at least 2 businesses that are independent from each other, of which at least one must be in Japan, and another must be the UK project lead.

We are looking to fund a portfolio of projects, across a variety of technologies, markets, technological maturities and research categories.

Your collaborative R&D proposal must demonstrate:

  • a clear game-changing and/or disruptive innovative idea leading to new products, processes or services
  • a strong and deliverable business plan that addresses (and documents) market potential and needs
  • sound, practical financial plans and timelines
  • value for money
  • 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 benefit the UK economy and/or national productivity
  • the benefit of participants from the countries working together and how this adds value
  • a clear definitions of where intellectual property (IP) can be used and shared between the participants and countries
  • a clear route to market within 2 to 3 years of project completion

Innovate UK reserves the right to apply a ‘portfolio’ approach for the selection of projects in this competition. This will be aligned with the priorities of participating EUREKA members.

Research categories

Your project must focus on industrial research.

Projects we will not fund

We will not fund projects that:

  • are in the nuclear or pharmaceutical sector
  • have non-civilian applications

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