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Call for Expression of Interest to Visit Mexico. - Mexico – UK Newton Fund Collaborative Industrial R&D

Mexico – UK Newton Fund Collaborative Industrial R&D

Call for Expression of Interest to Visit Mexico


Deadline for applications extended until: 18.00hrs on the 16 Oct 2015

To register CLICK HERE to download and complete the application form and email it to: Gabriela.juarezmartinez@ktn-uk.org



Innovate UK and the National Council of Science and Technology of Mexico (CONACYT) are to invest up to £6 million in collaborative research and development projects to stimulate innovation across three sectors that underpin future Mexican socio-economic growth:

  • Agroindustry
  • Energy
  • Health

The aim of the competition is to bring together companies (small-to-medium-sized companies and/or larger, well established businesses), research organisations, academics and other collaborators from Mexico and the UK for the joint R&D of innovative products, processes or services that meet critical challenges existing within these three sectors. The principal market a project must consider is Mexico.


About the visit to Mexico

To support UK and Mexican participants interested in this competition to meet and develop collaborative partnerships, the KTN on behalf of Innovate UK and CONACyT is organising a visit for UK stakeholders to Mexico during the 22nd to 28th Nov 2015, inclusive of travel time.


The visit will include: most likely consist of:

  • A briefing event for:
    • UK stakeholders on business, innovation and investment landscape in Mexico
    • Mexican companies and Research Institutions on the innovation and investment landscape in UK
  • A brokering event (or events) where research organisations and companies from both UK and Mexico have the opportunity to showcase their capabilities and potential projects.
  • Thematic visits to to key Mexican centres that better reflect the challenges and opportunities the competition is attempting to address in the areas of energy, health and agri-tech.


The deadline for submitting the application is: 18.00hrs on the 16 October 2015.

Successful applicants will be informed by: 23 October 2015.

Successful applicants will be expected to pay a £1000 contribution towards costs of the visit, primarily to cover flights and accommodation.


Desired outcomes of the competition.

  • UK-Mexico research and business innovation collaborations forged and strengthened, so that new solutions to critical challenges in Mexico emerge
  • Collaborative development of products, processes and services with high industrial relevance, commercial potential and high socio-economic impact

The ideal project should:

  • A clear commercial opportunity to open up or exploit a significant growth market in Mexico
  • Project outputs generating wide socio-economic benefit to Mexico
  • An in-scope technical challenge that requires the creation of a business driven consortium and innovative and risky research and development to solve.
  • A realistic project with deliverables and applications that are innovative, commercially exploitable and of wider benefit.
  • A demonstrable need for support.