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Grant funding calls

Innovation loans: July 2019 open competition

Innovate UK are making loans available at competitive terms to UK SMEs fund the commercialisation, growth or scale up of their technologies.
Priority is given to proposals likely to lead to growth and gains in productivity. Your proposal can come from any technology and any part of the economy.

Opens: 8 July 2019
Closes: 11 September 2019
Interest Registration closes:
Programme: Innovate UK are looking to fund a portfolio of projects and businesses, across a variety of technologies and markets

EUREKA Eurostars 2: round 12

Eurostars supports SMEs in leading international collaborative research and innovation projects.
A eurostars project must have a civilian purpose and be aimed at the development of a new product, process or service that will be rapidly commercialised.

Opens: 15 July 2019
Closes: 12 September 2019
Interest Registration closes:

  • Programme: UK SMEs can apply for a share of up to £2.5million to collaborate in research with partners across Europe and associates countries.

EUREKA: Singapore open competition

Funding is available for collaborative projects co-ordinated by a lead partner from the UK and a lead partner from Singapore. Projects should result in a new product, industrial process or service, and be innovative and involve a technological risk.

Opens: 17 June 2019
Closes: 19 September 2019
Interest Registration closes:
Programme: EUREKA, in partnership with Enterprise Singapore, are funding a Global Stars competition for research and development (R&D) projects under the EUREKA programme.

Enabling integrated diagnostics for early detection

The Competition aims to accelerate development of innovatice diagnostic tools and technologies by multi-disciplinary and cross-sector consortia.

Opens: 22 July 2019
Closes: 23 September 2019
Interest Registration closes:
Programme: Up to £20million total funding is avaliable for multidisciplinary consortia to develop and eveluate integrated diagnostic solutions for early detection and diagnosis.

Driving the Electric Revolution: Accelerated supply chain development

This competition will fund business-led projects that enable electrification though the development of UK supply chains for power electronics, machines and drives(PEMD). PEMD is a set of cross-sectoral technologies used to change fossil fuel-based systems into electric systems, powered by battery or some other electrical source.

Opens: 29 July 2019
Closes: 25 September 2019
Interest Registration closes:
Programme: As part of the Driving the Electric Revolution challange, Innovate UK are looking to fund a portfolio of projects that address clear and immediate commercial opportunities in PEMD 

Mechanising and improving advanced therapy manufactures

UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £3.7 million for research and development projects to improve manufacturing of advanced therapies: gene therapy; engineered tissue; cell therapy.

Opens: 27 August 2019
Closes: 25 September 2019
Interest Registration closes:
Programme: Industrial Strategy Challange Fund -The aim of this competition is to encourage inventors of advanced therapies to introduce affordable technology during early innovation stages.

Innovation Accelerator: Key Technology Components for Local Energy Systems

UKRI is looking to support UK businesses with funding to develop technology components that will enhance the efficiency of local energy systems. Projects should have the potential to deliver cleaner, cheaper energy services.

Opens: 22 July 2019
Closes: 9 October 2019
Interest Registration closes:
Programme: Organisations can apply for a share of up to £3million to develop technology components that help improve the efficiency of local energy systems.

Commercialising Quantum Technology

Funding is available to UK businesses to address the technological challenges in commercialising quantum technologies.

Opens: 22 July 2019
Closes: 9 October 2019
Interest Registration closes:
Programme: UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £27million to collaborate on developing quantum products and services.

Innovate UK SMART Grant

Innovate UK are looking to find a portfolio of business-focussed projects across a variety of technologies and markets.

Opens: 25 July 2019
Closes: 16 October 2019
Interest Registration closes:
Programme: The competition funds innovative R&D from feasibility (including market research), through to technology or prototype testing and development stages up to (but not including) commercialisation.

Newton-Ungku Omar Fund Grand Challange 2019:

To encourage collaborative business led research and development between the UK and Singapore.

Opens: 8 July 2019
Closes: 16 October 2019
Interest Registration closes:
Programme: UK businesess can apply for a share of up to £1 million and Malaysian businesses a share of RM 5.5 million to collaborate on innovative solutions to large societal challanges

Energy Catalyst Round 7: Early, Middle and Late stage strands

Innovate UK will fund projects to help countries in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia or both, access secure, low cost, low carbon energy projects.

Opens: 25 July 2019
Closes: 16 October 2019
Interest Registration closes:
Programme: The competition funds innovative R&D from feasibility, through Industrial Research to prototype testing and development stages up to (but not including) commercialisation. 

APC 14: developing the UK's low carbon automotive capability

APC 14 is looking for projects that support the UK's long-term capabilities through securing long-term R&D investment. Or that can be achieved through its associated supply chain in the design, build and manufacture of zero tailpipe emission vehicles.

Opens: 19 August 2019
Closes: 16 October 2019
Interest Registration closes:
Programme: The Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) invests up to £30 million, 3 times a year in collaborative research & development (R&D) projects. These are pre-production projects and must be match funded.

Transforming UK construction round 2: MMC, digital and whole-life performance

UKRI will support UK businesses with funding to undertake collaborative industrial research and experimental development projects that go beyond state-of-the-art in improving productivity, quality and performance of the UK construction sector

Opens: 28 August 2019
Closes: 30 October 2019
Interest Registration closes:
Programme: Organisations can apply for a share of up to £36 million for collaborative projects to run for between 12 and 24 months

Horizon 2020 - Dedicated SME Instrument

Horizon 2020 funds high-potential innovation through a dedicated SME instrument.

Opens: Open now
Closes: no deadline
Interest Registration closes: October 9 2019
Programme: The SME instrument consists of three separate phases and a coaching and mentoring service for beneficiaries.
Programme: A joint programme supporting R&D performing SMEs. It is co-funded from the national budgets of 34 Eurostars countries and by the European Union through Horizon 2020.

Made Smarter

Grants of up to 50% to support SMEs to develop Industrial Digital Technology. This is initially launching as a pilot in the North West of England. £20m of funding is available in this first round to support R&D projects, capital purchases, training, consultancy and student placements.

Opens: 2 January 2019
Closes: No deadline
Interest Registration closes:
Programme: Made Smarter is a government-backed industrial strategy designed to boost UK manufacturing productivity and growth through the adoption of Industrial Digital Technology (IDT).