New Grant for R&D

The Technology Strategy Board recently launched a new Grant for Research and Development programme designed specifically for individual small to medium enterprises.

Three types of grant are available – for proof of market projects, proof of concept and development of prototype. Depending on the type of grant, funding levels range from £25,000 to £250,000.

The Technology Strategy Board’s Grant for R&D scheme is a successor to the programme which was previously available from many of the Regional Development Agencies.

However Grant for R&D is not simply a continuation of the RDA schemes; some of the arrangements and criteria are different. Businesses wishing to apply will need to study the guidance for applicants carefully and note that applications will have to be tailored specifically to the new scheme.

Grant for R&D is open now; for full information including eligibility and how to apply, please see http://www.innovateuk.org/deliveringinnovation/grant-for-research-and-development.ashx


China market access consultation

An opportunity to provide input into high level UK-China trade policy discussions.

UK Trade & Investment in collaboration with HM Treasury, China-Britain Business Council (CBBC), CBI and other organisations, is running a market access business consultation in preparation for the Joint Economic Trade Commission (JETC) and Economic and Financial Dialogue (EFD) in 2011 (NB. no specific dates have been agreed as yet).

You are invited to submit any concerns you have on market access issues with China, both new and ongoing.  Further information and background can be found in the official invitation (www.cbbc.org/emails/cbbc_notice/2011_04-05_invitation_letter_to_businesses)  for the business consultation and a background paper (www.cbbc.org/emails/cbbc_notice/2011_04-05_background_paper_for_businesses)  from UKTI. If you wish to provide input, please  submit your response to china.event@ukti.gsi.gov.uk.

ECHA verdict: “Could do Better”

ECHA has published its 2010 Evaluation Report at http://echa.europa.eu/news/pr/201102/pr_11_05_evaluation_report_20110228_en.asp which highlights the shortcomings of a considerable number of dossiers received in 2010.  CIA urges its members to read this report and notes that ECHA encourages companies “to take a pro-active approach in updating their dossiers”.    SORIS takes this to mean that companies have a chance to correct their mistakes before the hand of the regulator descends.