Innovation competitions

You may be eligible for additional funding if your organisation is facing significant challenges due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

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25 competitions


  • Sort and segregate nuclear waste: phase 1 (SBRI competition)

    Organisations can apply for a share of £3.9 million, including VAT, to develop an autonomous, integrated toolkit to sort and segregate nuclear waste.

    Eligibility

    To lead a project, you can:

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

    Contracts will be awarded to a single legal entity only.

    You will need to show that your proposed idea has a credible and practical route to market.

    Opening soon

    Opens:
    17 August 2020
    Closes:
    11 November 2020

  • Transforming food production: series A investor partnership programme

    Investors can apply to partner with Innovate UK to align their investments with up to £5 million grant funding in UK registered SMEs to transform food production towards net zero by 2040. This funding is from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.

    Eligibility

    To be considered as an investor partner you must:

    • be an equity provider able to lead Series A investments
    • demonstrate an interest in transforming food production, with a focus on data driven solutions to boost productivity and improving sustainability whilst targeting net zero emissions
    • commit to exploring aligning investment in the portfolio of UK registered micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that Innovate UK will identify in the upcoming SME competition

    Open now

    Opened:
    13 August 2020
    Closes:
    9 September 2020

  • Deliver safer and better care for people in Scotland with diabetes, phase 1 (SBRI competition)

    Organisations can apply for a share of £300,000 including VAT, to address foot problems, hospital care after admission and bone care for diabetes patients in Scotland.

    Eligibility

    To lead a project, you can:

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

    Contracts will be awarded to a single legal entity only.

    Open now

    Opened:
    10 August 2020
    Closes:
    30 September 2020

  • Automotive Transformation Fund expression of interest: August 2020

    UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £1 billion for R&D and capital projects that help industrialise the electrified automotive supply chain at scale in the UK.

    Eligibility

    This competition is open to single applicants and collaborations.

    To lead a project or work alone your organisation must:

    Open now

    Opened:
    10 August 2020
    Closes:
    2 September 2020

  • ATI Programme strategic batch: expression of interest August 2020

    The ATI Programme funds industrial research and investment aid for research infrastructures to make the UK civil aerospace sector more competitive.

    Eligibility

    To lead a project or work alone your organisation must:

    • be a UK registered business of any size to lead a research project
    • be a UK registered business of any size, an academic institution, or a research and technology organisation (RTO) to lead a capital infrastructure project
    • plan to carry out an aerospace research or technology development project in the UK
    • address the requirements of the UK Aerospace Technology Strategy
    • sign up to the Aerospace Technology Institute framework agreement

    Closing soon

    Opened:
    3 August 2020
    Closes:
    19 August 2020

  • ISCF Transforming foundation industries: Building a resilient recovery

    UK registered businesses can apply for a share of £8 million in grant funding for projects supporting recovery and growth of the UK’s foundation industries.

    Eligibility

    This competition is open to both single applicants and cross-sector collaborations.

    To lead a project your UK registered organisation must:

    • be a business of any size or a research and technology organisation (RTO)
    • carry out its project work in the UK
    • intend to exploit the results from or in the UK

    Open now

    Opened:
    3 August 2020
    Closes:
    4 November 2020

  • The Sustainable Innovation Fund: round 2 (de minimis)

    UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £26 million for new projects focusing on sustainable economic recovery from COVID-19. This funding is from Innovate UK.

    Eligibility

    This competition is open to single applicants only

    To lead a project your organisation must:

    • be a UK registered business of any size

    Open now

    Opened:
    28 July 2020
    Closes:
    2 September 2020

  • Biomedical Catalyst 2020: round 1, early and late stage awards

    UK registered SMEs can apply for a share of up to £30 million to develop a product or process that is an innovative solution to a health and care challenge.

    Eligibility

    This competition is open to single applicants and collaborations.

    To lead a project your organisation must:

    Open now

    Opened:
    27 July 2020
    Closes:
    7 October 2020

  • Eureka Eurostars 2: round 14

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

    Eligibility

    To lead a project in the UK you must:

    Open now

    Opened:
    27 July 2020
    Closes:
    3 September 2020

  • IETF industrial energy efficiency and decarbonisation studies

    Organisations can apply for a share of up to £30 million for grants to carry out feasibility and engineering studies into energy efficiency and decarbonisation.

    Eligibility

    This competition is open to single applicants and collaborations.

    To lead a project or work alone you must:

    • be a business of any size registered in England, Wales or Northern Ireland
    • operate at the manufacturing site (SIC codes 10 to 33) or data centre (SIC code 63110) in England, Wales or Northern Ireland for which the study is carried out

    Open now

    Opened:
    20 July 2020
    Closes:
    28 October 2020

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