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Ofgem 2021: Discovery competitions (4 strands)

This competition is delivered in partnership with the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem). It is funded by the Ofgem Strategic Innovation Fund, which aims to deliver value to energy consumers and society through energy network innovation.

The aim of the Ofgem Strategic Innovation Fund is to decarbonise gas and electric energy distribution and transmission networks and benefit the consumer.

Discovery is the first phase of a 3 phase competition:
1. Discovery
2. Alpha
3. Beta

Closes: 17th November 2021

Eureka Eurostars 3: call 1

This competition is for UK micro, small or medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in a consortium of a minimum of two independent entities from at least two Eurostars qualifying countries.

Closes: 4th November 2021

Future Flight Challenge Phase 3: Strand 1

This competition will fund ambitious projects that successfully integrate the technical, regulatory and social challenges necessary to prove new classes of electric or autonomous air vehicles, including:

  1. Drones or unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).
  2. Advanced Air Mobility (AAM).
  3. Sub-regional electric or hybrid passenger aircraft.

The project will demonstrate of one or more of these classes of aircraft and enabling systems, operating in a representative environment. Regulatory requirement understanding and a route to further regulatory requirements are key.
Closes: Wednesday 3rd November 2021

Future Flight Challenge Phase 3: Strand 2

Projects will develop the enabling technologies that support the operation of drones, advanced air mobility (AAM) or sub-regional electric aircraft in a representative environment, whilst meeting a viable and challenging use case. They will develop the enabling technologies and cross-cutting systems that support the deployment of these novel air vehicles in UK airspace.
Closes: Wednesday 3rd November 2021

ISCF Transforming Foundation Industry – Small Scale R&D (Strand 1 and Strand 2)

The Transforming Foundation Industries (TFI) Challenge Fund will work with Innovate UK to support businesses to become environmentally sustainable. Projects should address the resource productivity and/or energy performance of the sector and its supply chains.
Closes: Wednesday 29th September 2021

Nature for climate peatland grant scheme

The Nature for Climate Peatland Grant Scheme (NCPGS) provides funding to restore peatlands in the uplands and lowlands of England. Natural England is looking for landscape scale applications that work to restore the whole hydrological unit of a peatland.
Closes: Thursday 1 September 2021

SBRI – Healthy Ageing Social Ventures industrial research

The aim of the competition is to fund organisations to deliver social impact and address one or more of the 7 themes of the Healthy Ageing Challenge Framework.
Closes: Wednesday 15 September 2021

Automotive Transformation Fund

The Advanced Propulsion Centre are investing over £1bn through Innovate UK to fund research and capital projects aiming to develop supply chains for zero emission vehicle components.
Closes: Ongoing 

NHS Future Hospitals Initiative

The Open Call for Proposals is aimed at fostering activities bringing space technology that contributes towards shaping the NHS Future Hospital project initiative, recently kicked off by the Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. This is a well-established collaboration between the UK National Health Service (NHS), the UK Space Agency and the European Space Agency (ESA)
Closes: Open call up to 30th September 2022

Artificial Intelligence in Health and Care Award (AI Award) – Competition 3

The Artificial Intelligence in Health and Care Award (AI Award) supports AI solutions across the whole development pathway, from initial feasibility to clinical implementation. It is funded by NHS England and NHS Improvement and the NIHR in partnership with the Accelerated Access Collaborative and NHSX.
Closes: Stage 1st - 7th September 2021, Stage 2 – 23rd November 2021

Fisheries and Seafood scheme

The Fisheries and Seafood Scheme will provide financial support for projects in England that secure sustainable growth across the catching, processing and aquaculture sectors, and that protect and enhance the marine environment.
Closes: Open call – assessment within 8 weeks of application

DASA – Defence Innovation Loans

The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) are offering an opportunity for single small and medium enterprises (SMEs) with solutions to Defence themed problems to apply for a Defence Innovation Loan of between £250,000 and £1.6Mn with a below market interest rate of 7.4% per annum.
Closes: Wednesday 20th October 2021

NIHR Invention for Innovation (i4i) Connect

The Connect awards support research and development of medical devices, active implantable devices and in vitro diagnostic devices in any area of existing or emerging clinical need.
These awards are aimed at SMEs to apply alone, with the intention that they de-risk projects to better position them to apply for further funding. The expected outputs will thus be validated designs, prototypes or subcomponents of more complicated devices or technologies. The ultimate aim is to get products or services to a position where they can enter and be used within the NHS.
Closes: Tuesday 14th September 2021

EIC Accelerator Open 2021

The European Innovation Council (EIC) as part of the EU Horizon Europe funding programme is offering funding of  between €0.5Mn and €17.5Mn to start-ups and SME’s to develop and scale high impact innovations with the potential to create new markets or disrupt existing ones. 
Closes: Wednesday 6th October 2021

DASA – Open Call for Innovation

The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) are seeking innovation projects that address any defence challenge, or innovations that address security challenges where there is a relevant security Innovation Focus Area.
Closes: Wednesday 20th October 2021

Innovate UK Smart Grants: August 2021

Smart is Innovate UK’s ‘Open grant funding’ programme. Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, is investing up to £25 million in the best game-changing and commercially viable innovative or disruptive ideas. All proposals must be business focused.

Closes: 6th October 2021

ISCF smart sustainable plastic packaging: business-led R&D

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £7 million from the Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging Programme in innovation projects.

These projects must have the potential to significantly impact the 2025 UK Plastics Pact targets in the long term, and address widely known problems related to plastic packaging for consumer products.
Closes: 8 September 2021

Expression of Interest: UK Aerospace Research and Technology

The UK Aerospace Research and Technology (UKART) Programme represents a £3.9 billion joint government and industry investment.

Closes: This Competition runs on an ongoing monthly basis