Shanghai-UK collaboration on industry challenges: apply for funds

20 Apr 2017 03:50 PM

UK businesses can apply for a share of £5 million to work with partners in Shanghai on industrial challenges and opportunities.

Innovate UK has up to £5 million to invest in UK businesses to work with partners in Shanghai municipality, People’s Republic of China on collaborative research and development projects that address industrial challenges.

The Science and Technology Commission Department of Shanghai Municipality will allocate funding for research and development companies in China. The programme is being delivered according to the 2016 memorandum of understanding signed between Innovate UK and the department.

Funding opportunities

Projects applying under this competition should meet one of the following 2 areas:

International collaboration for innovation

Innovation is vital for the future growth of businesses and the economy. Companies that internationalise are also known to have strong growth. With 95% of research, development and innovation taking place outside of the UK, businesses need to access global knowledge, markets, skills and partners.

Shanghai is an historic commercial and financial centre of China. It is a global hub for the life sciences with 13 of the world’s top 20 pharmaceutical companies by turnover with operations in Shanghai, as well as playing a key role in China’s heavy industries and automotive manufacture.

In this competition there should be demonstrable benefits of cooperation between the UK and China for the participants from both countries.

Competition information

Find out more about this competition and apply.