• Status: Closed

  • Key features: Investment of up to £14.4 million in collaborative research and development projects to stimulate innovation in response to Malaysia’s urbanisation challenges

  • Programme: International Programme

  • Award: Up to £14.4 million

  • Opens: 30 Jun 2015, 12:00

  • Registration closes: 30 Sep 2015, 12:00

  • Closes: 07 Oct 2015, 12:00

  • Support phone number: 0300 321 4357

Malaysia-UK Research and Innovation Bridges Competition

Summary

UPCOMING EVENT  - WEBINAR FOR FINDING PARTNERS
 
Date & Time: 9am – 10.30am September 8th 2015
 
Register here
 
NOTE: Deadline for pitch submissions Friday 4 September 2015
 
To help UK and Malaysian participants to meet and develop collaborative partnerships, we are organising a brokerage webinar.
Participants will have the opportunity to pitch their project ideas or technology offerings during the webinar to help find partners.
If you want to do a 2-3 minutes pitch, please indicate this on your registration form and use this two-slide template
 
Please submit your completed template to viola.augstein@ktn-uk.org no later than Friday 4 September 2015.
 
Any templates received after that date may not be included.
 
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Innovate UK, Research Councils UK (RCUK) and the Malaysia Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT) are to invest up to £14.4 million in collaborative research and development projects to stimulate innovation in response to Malaysia's urbanisation challenges. 
 
This competition focuses on finding new commercial solutions to challenges that Malaysia is facing as climate change increasingly impacts upon its cities and its urbanisation trajectory, with the solutions expected to emerge through the translation of existing, excellent research. 
 
The aim of the competition is to bring together companies (small-to-medium-sized companies and/or larger businesses), research and technology organisations, academics, public sector bodies and charities from Malaysia and the UK for the joint industrial research to develop innovative products, processes or services that meet critical challenges existing within the following five sectors:   
 
  • health and well-being
  • improving environmental resilience and energy security
  • future cities
  • agritech (used to solve explicit urban food and nutrition issues)
  • digital, innovation and creativity
 
This investment from the UK side has been made possible through the UK Department of Business, Innovation and Skills-managed Newton Fund: www.newtonfund.ac.uk
 
The goal of this competition is to find innovative solutions, through a collaborative consortium-driven approach. The principal market a project must consider is Malaysia. 
 
Projects must be collaborative, involving both UK and Malaysian participants. There must be a minimum of one UK business, one UK research organisation, one Malaysian business and one Malaysian research organisation in each project. 
 
On the UK side, projects can be business-led or research organisation-led, and should preferably involve other non-business partners. The lead partner should be able to demonstrate a clear route to commercialisation of the proposed product/s or service/s, and should have a primary focus on the translation of research and/or knowledge. 
 
Given the heavy focus on translation of research, research organisations' participation can be up to 50% of total project costs. Small or micro businesses could receive up to 70% of their eligible project costs, medium-sized businesses 60% and large businesses 50%. 
 
For each project we expect the total UK and total Malaysian participant project costs to be £1m-£1.75m on each side, although we would consider projects outside of this range. Projects should last 24-34 months.  
 
The competition involves a two-stage application process. 
 
This competition opens on 30 June 2015.
 
Applicants must register by noon UK time 30 September 2015.
 
The deadline for expressions of interest is at noon UK time on 7 October 2015
 
Applicant briefing webinar for potential applicants on the 27th July 2015 9am UK time.

Key Dates

 
Competition open date 30 June 2015
Registration deadline noon UK time 30 September 2015
Deadline for expressions of interest  noon UK time on 7 October 2015
Stage 2 opens for invited applicants

30 November 2015

Deadline for applications from invited applicants noon UK local time on 27 January 2016

 

Background

Tackling global challenges – such as extreme weather conditions, urbanisation, access to affordable healthcare, food and energy security, and meeting the social and economic needs of a growing and ageing population – requires an integrated research and innovation approach, bringing together stakeholders from different disciplines, sectors and nations in high quality collaborations. 
 
The Newton Fund, which provides the foundation for this collaborative competition between the UK and Malaysia, aims to build UK-partner country research and innovation collaborations centred on these shared research and innovation challenges, which have direct relevance to the partner country's social welfare and economic development. The Newton Fund forms part of the UK Government's Official Development Assistance to lower and middle-income countries, to improve their economic development and welfare. 
 
With Malaysia, the Newton Fund is called the Newton-Ungku Omar Coordination Fund – Professor Dato' Ungku Omar bin Ahmad being a Malaysian scientist who made great contributions to the advancement of medical science. This competition sees Innovate UK, RCUK and MIGHT coming together to fund and deliver a new type of programme, called Research and Innovation Bridges. This competition with Malaysia will focus on tackling challenges that relate to climate change's impact on urbanisation.

Scope

This Research and Innovation Bridges competition focusing on the challenge of climate change related to urbanisation, will fund projects seeking commercial solutions to challenges within the following sectors:

  • health and well-being
  • improving environmental resilience and energy security
  • future cities
  • agritech (used to solve explicit urban food and nutrition issues)
  • digital, innovation and creativity

We are looking for projects to demonstrate the clear translation of existing, excellent research into products, processes and services with high industrial relevance and commercial potential. They should also demonstrate that they will have a positive impact upon the economic development and social welfare of Malaysia, beyond primary commercial interests.

We expect applicants to clearly detail which of the above challenges they are tackling through the project, and why it is of particular importance to Malaysia.

 

Funding allocation and project details

There is up to £7.2 million available from the UK Newton Fund to allocate to the UK project participants with MIGHT allocating the equivalent to fund Malaysian participants.
 
The amount of funding available to UK project partners varies, depending on the type of research being carried out and the size and type of organisation involved. This competition is primarily focused on industrial research projects where, small or micro businesses are eligible to receive up to 70% of their project costs as grant, medium-sized businesses 60%, and large businesses 50%. For further information see: https://interact.innovateuk.org/funding-rules
 
On the UK side, projects can be either business or research organisation-led but must:
  • involve a UK business 
  • involve a UK research organisation
  • collaborate with a Malaysian business and Malaysian research organisation
 
Due to the heavy focus on translation of excellent research, UK research organisations (together with other non-business partners) may participate in projects up to a maximum of  50% of total eligible project costs on the UK side.
 
Total eligible costs per project for UK partners are expected to be in the range of £1m to £1.75m, although we will consider projects outside of this range. Projects should last 24-34 months.
 
All applications must be in English and submitted via the Innovate UK website and will be assessed according to the Innovate UK and MIGHT standard assessment processes. Only one application should be submitted per project, that is, one application is made on behalf of both the UK and Malaysian partners in a project. It can be submitted by either the UK or Malaysia lead partner.
 
We are targeting industrial research through this competition, but will consider applications that have work packages related to experimental development, as part of an overall of focus on industrial research. For a definition of industrial research and experimental development and what it covers, please see: https://interact.innovateuk.org/-/funding-rules.

Finding Partners

UPCOMING EVENT  - WEBINAR FOR FINDING PARTNERS
 
Date & Time: 9am – 10.30am September 8th 2015
 
Register here
 
NOTE: Deadline for pitch submissions Friday 4 September 2015
 
To help UK and Malaysian participants to meet and develop collaborative partnerships, we are organising a brokerage webinar.
Participants will have the opportunity to pitch their project ideas or technology offerings during the webinar to help find partners.
If you want to do a 2-3 minutes pitch, please indicate this on your registration form and use this two-slide template
 
Please submit your completed template to viola.augstein@ktn-uk.org no later than Friday 4 September 2015.
 
Any templates received after that date may not be included.
 
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As an interested UK applicant you may need to find either a Malaysian and/or UK partner. As of Friday 24th July 2015 we have launched our Meeting Mojo tool to allow you to do this.

Meeting Mojo allows all interested applicants to add a profile and then also search for partners in a database specific to this UK-Malaysia Call. When you find one, please then message them via Meeting Mojo to discuss and determine whether you are a good match to apply as a project team for grant funding.

Please follow the link below and register, giving your full details. NOTE: It will take up to 24 hours to be approved by the site admin before you can then search for partners

 

http://malaysia-uk-newtonfund.meeting-mojo.com/

Application Process

This is a 2-stage competition that opens for applicants on 30 June 2015. 
 
Stage 1 -– applicants submit an expression of interest which is assessed by Innovate UK/RCUK and MIGHT 
 
Stage 2 – we invite selected applicants to submit an application.  
 
This competition will open on 30 June 2015. Applicants must first register via our website. The deadline for registration is at noon on 30 September 2015 while the deadline for applications is at noon on 7 October 2015.
 
All applications must be submitted in English and via the Innovate UK website. Only one application should be submitted per project, that is one application on behalf of both the UK and Malaysia partners in a project. Either the UK or Malaysia lead partner can submit the application.
 
There will be a briefing webinar for potential applicants. Further details will be provided on this webpage and @NewtonFund
 
Applicants are strongly recommended to participate.
 
Note: all deadlines are at noon.

More information

You should also read the Guidance for Applicants for further details about this competition and watch our applications process video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-rnSpIMiPc).
 
To apply you must first register with us through the competition page on the website. Registration opens when the competition opens and closes a week before the deadline for applications.  
  
For more information about the Newton Fund and funding opportunities, visit: www.newtonfund.ac.uk and follow @NewtonFund