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  • ATI programme: batch 43 SME

    The ATI Programme funds industrial research to make the UK civil aerospace sector more competitive. This is an invite only competition, you must be invited into the competition by Innovate UK.

    Eligibility

    This competition is open to single applicants and collaborations.

    To lead a project or work alone your organisation must:

    • be invited into the competition by Innovate UK
    • be a UK registered micro, small or medium sized enterprise
    • be UK registered business of any size with at least one micro, small or medium sized enterprise in the consortium
    • align to the UK Aerospace Technology Strategy, Destination Zero

    Opening soon

    Opens:
    22 April 2024
    Closes:
    29 May 2024

  • UK-South Korea CR&D 2024

    UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £6 million for the purpose of developing innovative proposals with South Korea. You must collaborate with at least one South Korean business applying under the equivalent KIAT or KETEP programme.

    Eligibility

    To lead a project your organisation must:

    • be a UK registered business of any size
    • partner with a South Korean registered business, which must be a separate non-linked entity to the UK project partners

    Opening soon

    Opens:
    26 February 2024
    Closes:
    22 May 2024

  • SBRI: Accessible solutions for disrupted journeys

    Organisations can apply for a share of £1 million, inclusive of VAT. This is to develop an accessible and inclusive focussed solution, physical or digital, to support transport users when a journey is disrupted.

    Eligibility

    To lead a project, you can:

    • be an organisation of any size
    • work alone or with other organisations as subcontractors

    Contracts will be awarded to a single legal entity only.

    Open now

    Opened:
    19 February 2024
    Closes:
    3 April 2024

  • Diet and health innovation: Early stage feasibility projects

    UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £2.5 million for early stage feasibility projects working with one or more of the Diet and Health Open Innovation Research Club (OIRC) hubs. This funding is from BBSRC and Innovate UK.

    Eligibility

    This competition is open to collaborations only.
    To lead a project your organisation must be a UK registered:
    • business of any size
    or
    The lead applicant and partners must be members of a Diet and Health Open Innovation Research Club (OIRC) hub.

    Open now

    Opened:
    14 February 2024
    Closes:
    8 May 2024

  • Knowledge transfer partnerships (KTP): 2024 to 2025 Round 1

    UK registered academic institutions, RTOs or Catapults can apply for a share of up to £9 million to fund innovation projects with businesses or not for profits.

    Eligibility

    To lead a project your organisation must:

    • be a UK registered higher education or further education institution, research and technology organisation (RTO) or Catapult
    • collaborate with a UK registered business of any size, eligible public sector organisation, charity or charitable business with two or more full time employees

    The business must contribute to the project’s costs.

    Open now

    Opened:
    13 February 2024
    Closes:
    10 April 2024

  • Unlocking nature positive private investment

    UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £2 million for developing solutions that enable private investors to invest in nature positive projects. This funding is from Innovate UK.

    Eligibility

    This competition is open to single applications and collaborations.

    To lead a project your organisation:

    We encourage projects that collaborate with other UK registered organisations.

    Open now

    Opened:
    12 February 2024
    Closes:
    10 April 2024

  • UK - Germany Bilateral: Collaborative R&D Round 3

    UK registered organisations, collaborating with at least one German SME applying under the equivalent German ZIM programme, can apply for a share of up to £4 million for collaborative projects resulting in innovative solutions in emerging technologies.

    Eligibility

    This competition is open to UK and German collaborations only.
    To lead a project your organisation must:
    • be a UK registered business of any size
    • be or involve at least one grant claiming UK registered micro, small or medium-sized enterprise (SME)
    • collaborate with a German registered SME

    Open now

    Opened:
    6 February 2024
    Closes:
    3 June 2024

  • UK-Switzerland CR&D Round 2

    UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £4 million for innovative projects in all technologies. You must collaborate with at least one Swiss implementation partner applying under the equivalent Swiss Innosuisse programme.

    Eligibility

    This competition is open to UK and Swiss collaborations only.

    To lead a project your organisation must:

    • be a UK registered business of any size
    • be or involve at least one grant claiming UK registered micro, small or medium-sized enterprise (SME)
    • collaborate with a Swiss implementation partner

    Open now

    Opened:
    5 February 2024
    Closes:
    1 May 2024

  • Eureka Quantum collaborative R&D Multilateral 2024

    UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £2 million to develop quantum technologies with organisations from Eureka partner countries.

    Eligibility

    This competition is open to collaborations only.

    To be eligible for grant funding from Innovate UK, you must:

    • be business-led
    • be or include at least one UK registered micro, small or medium sized enterprise (SME)
    • include at least two independent legal entities from a minimum of two Eureka countries participating in the competition

    The UK is a Eureka country participating in the competition.

    For more information on company sizes, please refer to the company accounts guidance. This is a change from the EU definition unless you are applying under State aid.

    Open now

    Opened:
    5 February 2024
    Closes:
    8 May 2024

  • Cyber security academic startup accelerator programme 2024-25: phase 1

    Individuals based in a UK academic institution can apply for a share of up to £800,000 to join the cyber security academic startup accelerator programme (CyberASAP).

    Eligibility

    This competition is open to single applicants and collaborations.

    To join the programme, you must:

    • be based in a UK academic institution
    • have an idea related to cyber security
    • be interested in commercialising the idea
    • have the support of your academic institution’s technology transfer office, or equivalent

    Closing soon

    Opened:
    5 February 2024
    Closes:
    6 March 2024

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