UK-Taiwan Collaborative R&D

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £2million for the purpose of developing innovative proposals with Taiwan.

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UK applicants can apply for a maximum grant of up to £750,000 for each project. This can cover up to 70% of the UK partner's project costs.


Innovate UK

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Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, will work with the Department of Industrial Technology (DoIT) to invest up to £2 million in innovation projects. This competition has an open scope.

The aim of this competition is to fund collaborative research and development (CR&D) projects focused on industrial research. Your proposal must include at least one partner from the UK and one partner from Taiwan.

UK registered organisations must apply to and will be funded by Innovate UK. Taiwan partners must apply to and will be funded by the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) an agency of the Department of Industrial Technology (DoIT).

The projects Innovate UK fund are expected to result in a new product, industrial process or service, be innovative, involve a technological risk, and have high market potential.

We would particularly welcome applications from the following sectors:

  • smart technology; for example, next generation communication and semiconductor technology
  • green energy technologies; for example, electric vehicles, hydrogen transportation and renewable energy
  • smart manufacturing
  • biotechnology; for example, medical materials
  • service innovation; for example, the Internet of Things, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, 5G and 6G

This list is not meant to be exhaustive.


Your project must:

  • have a grant funding request of no more than £750,000
  • start by 1 March 2024
  • end by 28 February 2027
  • last between 24 and 36 months

UK project partners must carry out the majority of their project work in the UK and intend to exploit the results from or in the UK. The consortium must include at least one business registered in Taiwan that is a separate, non-linked entity. All businesses in a consortium must be separate legal and non-linked entities.

Projects should have a balanced contribution of the total eligible project costs among the partners from the UK and Taiwan. No more than 70% of the total project costs can be claimed by a single partner or by all partners from either the UK or Taiwan.

To lead a project your organisation must:

  • be a UK registered business of any size
  • be or involve at least one grant claiming UK registered SME
  • partner with a Taiwan registered business, which must be a separate non-linked entity to the UK project partners

To collaborate with the lead, your organisation must be a UK registered:

  • business of any size
  • academic institution
  • research and technology organisation (RTO)

A UK registered business can lead on one application but can be included as a collaborator in a further 2 applications. If a UK registered business is not leading any application, it can collaborate in up to 3 applications. A UK registered academic institution or RTO can collaborate on any number of applications.


The aim of this competition is to fund business led, collaborative research and development (CR&D) projects focused on industrial research, for innovative proposals developed between the UK and Taiwan.

Your project must demonstrate:

  • a clear game changing 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
  • 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 benefit the UK economy or national productivity
  • the benefits of participants from the UK and Taiwan working together and how this adds value
  • a clear definition of where intellectual property (IP) can be used and shared between the participants
  • a clear route to market within 2 to 3 years of project completion

Briefing and support

An online briefing event will be held on Wednesday 26th April at 11am: click here to register for a place.

If you want help to find a project partner, contact Innovate UK KTN’s Global team or Innovate UK EDGE.

Innovate UK EDGE in conjunction with ITRI and the Department of International Trade will host a business matchmaking platform that can support you in finding a partner in Taiwan.


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