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Grant support in Europe

Helping your business grow

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The European Union is committed to encouraging research and technological development so that Europe can become the most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy in the world.

The Framework Programme is the European Union’s main instrument for funding research and development and the Seventh Framework funding budget for 2007- 2013 has been increased by 63% from the Sixth Framework to £34 billion (€50.5 billion) in an attempt to significantly increase R&D spend within European companies.  These funds are available to both public and private sector bodies in the UK.

The majority of this funding relates to collaborative projects linked to key thematic areas covering Health; Food, Agriculture and Fisheries; Biotechnology; Information and Communications technologies; Nanoscience and Nanotechnology; Materials and New Production technologies; Energy; Environment; Transport; Space; Security and Socio-economic Science and the Humanities.

Opportunities to make claims in these areas are offered periodically through ‘calls’ for specific themes or as joint initiatives between themes.

Could I be eligible?

You may be eligible for this Programme if you are:

  • UK based but not necessarily UK owned
  • a company that needs to spend money on research and development to meet your medium-long term goals
  • considering a project that will take 12-60 months to complete
  • prepared to work with partners in Europe (private or public sector) to meet the project’s objectives (a minimum of 3 partners from 3 different countries)Your project is expected to cost at least £2million (There are a range of UK R&D grant schemes available for smaller projects).  Alternatively if you do not have a specific project in mind you can be a potential partner to a project led by another company in Europe.

If you meet the above criteria there may be an opportunity to secure support towards your project provided no contractual commitment has yet been made to the project.

What is in it for me?

  • This is the largest source of grant funding available in Europe which can cover 50% to 75% of R&D and 100% project administration costs or more in certain cases.  However, the application process can take a number of months to complete and the process is competitive. 
  • Helps to develop relationships with other players in Europe.
  • Grant success can mean recognition by the EU as a leading company in your field. 

How Deloitte can help

We are here to assist throughout the process.  Whether you are involved in one of the areas where a ‘call’ has already been issued, or one that will be the subject of a future call we can help with:

  • Advice on general project eligibility
  • Early warning notification of relevant future calls for grant
  • Identification and introduction to potential partners (if you don’t already have partners in mind)
  • Explaining the grant application process
  • Assisting you to compile the information necessary to complete the grant application
  • Attendance at meeting with the grant authorities to help you through the process
  • Advice on terms and conditions within the final grant offer

Our experience

Our UK Grants & Incentives practice has more than 14 years experience working with companies to help them secure grant towards their investment plans.  We have a 100% success record on UK grant applications throughout this period.  We also work closely with more than 100 grant specialist colleagues throughout Europe. Some current live 7th Framework projects include:

  • Pre-combustion CO2 capture
  • 3 MW wind-turbine development
  • New WiFi standard development
  • Development of new service orientated architecture software
  • Development of flame-retardant cables.


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