Call for Expressions of Interest: Canada-UK Ocean Collaborative Research & Development (Expression of Interest deadline: 8th October 2023)

UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £2 million for collaborative research and development projects with Canadian organisations, resulting in innovative solutions for the ocean technologies sector.

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, will work with Canada’s Ocean Supercluster to invest a combined total up to £4 million in innovation projects that can involve a collaboration of industry and academia. The funding will support projects to deliver innovative outcomes in ocean technology.

Innovate UK will fund UK partners to collaborate with Canadian partners as their co-funding counterparts on industrial research projects, over a 12 month period.

The total grant funding request for all UK partners can be between £165,000 and £500,000 for each application. The total funding request for all Canadian partners combined can be between CA$280,000 and CA$850,000 for each application.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 18th October 2023.

The aim of this competition is to stimulate the development and implementation of innovative technologies in ocean technology, and to build technical capabilities required for the development and economically sustainable production of the next-generation of products and services.

The bilateral research and development (R&D) collaborations between the UK and Canada will enable both countries to be well positioned to respond to improvements in ocean technology.

Projects must focus on one of the following themes:

o Alternative energy.
o Aquaculture systems.
o Seaweed cultivation and production.
o Carbon capture and storage.
o Autonomous vessels or ocean systems.
o Robotics & drones, and
o Ocean sensors and environmental monitoring.

Further information is available on the GOV.UK website.