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Funding for UK-Chile project partnerships to meet challenges in agri-foods, resource efficiency and solar energy

UK businesses are invited to partner with Chilean ones on projects that meet challenges in agri-foods, resource efficiency and solar energy.

The Newton-Picarte Fund is to fund joint UK-Chilean experimental development projects in the fields of agri-foods, resource efficiency for sustainable extraction of raw materials and solar energy. UK and Chilean businesses are being invited to join forces to seek a share of up to £2 million for projects that meet particular challenges faced by Chile as it grows and develops.

Projects must demonstrate a positive impact on economic development and social welfare in Chile.

The UK investment has been made possible by the UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills-managed Newton Fund, which aims to build research collaborations between UK business and those in lower and middle-income partner countries.

Competition information

  • the competition is now open and the deadline is 8 January 2016
  • only UK-based SMEs are eligible to apply for UK funding
  • a project must include a minimum of one UK and one Chilean partner
  • total project costs for UK-based partners are expected to be up to £230,000
  • UK small or micro businesses could attract up to 45% of their costs as grant and medium-sized businesses 35%
  • projects are expected to last between 3 and 6 months
  • one application should be made for all partners through the EUREKA website at http://www.eurekanetwork.org/content/chile-uk-experimental-call
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