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  • April expression of interest: UK Aerospace Research and Technology

    The UK Aerospace Research and Technology Programme provides grant funding to industrial research and capital projects to encourage innovation in UK civil aerospace.

    Eligibility

    To lead a project or work alone you must:

    This is an expression of interest competition. You must have a successful application in this competition before you can apply to the full stage competition.

    Opening soon

    Opens:
    8 April 2019
    Closes:
    24 April 2019

  • CELTIC - NEXT spring 2019: innovative 5G infrastructure and applications

    UK organisations can apply for a share of up to £1 million for 5G collaborative R&D projects in the EUREKA CELTIC programme.

    Eligibility

    To lead a project you must:

    • be a UK based business, of any size
    • be, or involve, at least one UK micro, small or medium-sized enterprise (SME)
    • collaborate with at least one other UK organisation
    • collaborate with at least one other organisation from a EUREKA country
    • have submitted a CELTIC proposal before applying to this competition

    Opening soon

    Opens:
    1 April 2019
    Closes:
    29 May 2019

  • Agri-tech Catalyst round 8: agriculture and food systems innovation

    UK businesses and research organisations can apply for a share of up to £3 million from DFID for projects with partners in eligible African countries.

    Eligibility

    Your project must be collaborative and include all of the following:

    • a business
    • at least one partner from the UK
    • one partner from an eligible African country

    The technical project work can be led by a partner from the UK, an eligible African country or another country.

    The administrative work must be led by a partner from the UK.

    Opening soon

    Opens:
    1 April 2019
    Closes:
    5 June 2019

  • UK and South Korea: joint research and development

    The UK and South Korea announce a joint funding competition for R&D projects under the EUREKA programme. UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £1 million.

    Eligibility

    To lead an application you must:

    • be a UK based business, of any size
    • collaborate with the South Korean lead, who must be a business of any size
    • collaborate with at least one UK-based micro, small or medium sized enterprise (SME)

    Open now

    Opened:
    18 March 2019
    Closes:
    12 June 2019

  • Electronics, sensors and photonics for robotics in extreme environments

    UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £2 million to develop reliable extreme environment grade electronics, sensors and photonics for robotics and AI systems. This funding is from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.

    Eligibility

    To lead a project you must:

    • be a UK-based small to medium-sized enterprise (SME) for feasibility studies
    • be a UK-based business, of any size, for collaborative research and development (R&D)

    The lead applicant and collaborators must carry out all project work in the UK and intend to exploit the results from or in the UK.

    Open now

    Opened:
    11 March 2019
    Closes:
    8 May 2019

  • Investment opportunity: immersive technology investment accelerator

    UK investors can apply to partner with Innovate UK to combine grant funding with investment in UK immersive tech companies.

    Eligibility

    To be selected as an investor partner you must:

    • be an equity provider based in the UK
    • demonstrate an interest in immersive technology businesses
    • commit to exploring co-investment in the portfolio of micro, small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) companies selected in the second phase competition

    Closing soon

    Opened:
    4 March 2019
    Closes:
    3 April 2019

  • Developing a travel network management system for new mobility: SBRI competition

    Organisations can apply for a share of £250,000, including VAT, to develop innovative ideas on how to integrate new mobility options in network management centres.

    Eligibility

    To lead a project, you can:

    • be an organisation of any size
    • work alone or with others from business, the research base or the third sector as subcontractors

    Open now

    Opened:
    4 March 2019
    Closes:
    17 April 2019

  • SBRI rail first of a kind round 3: resilience, freight, noise and environment

    Businesses can apply for a share of £5.5 million, including VAT, to develop demonstrators to enhance resilience, freight operations and the environment.

    Eligibility

    To lead a project, you can be an organisation of any size and must:

    • carry out your project in the UK
    • involve an owner of railway assets (such as stations, rolling stock or infrastructure), an experienced railway organisation and a railway organisation that has the potential to become a customer (this can be the same organisation or 3 separate organisations)
    • include a potential integration partner as a subcontractor

    Partners can only be involved on a subcontract basis.

    Open now

    Opened:
    25 February 2019
    Closes:
    24 April 2019

  • Demonstrators addressing cyber security challenges in the Internet of Things

    UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £6 million for collaborative R&D projects addressing major cyber security challenges in the Internet of Things.

    Eligibility

    To lead a project you must:

    • be a UK based business, of any size
    • involve at least one academic partner
    • involve at least one micro, small or medium-sized enterprise (SME)
    • collaborate with others
    • carry out your project work in the UK
    • intend to exploit the results in or from the UK

    Open now

    Opened:
    18 February 2019
    Closes:
    1 May 2019

  • Innovate UK Smart Grants: February 2019

    Opportunity to apply for a share of up to £20 million to deliver ambitious or disruptive R&D innovations with significant potential for impact on the UK economy.

    Eligibility

    To lead a project you must:

    • be a UK based business of any size or a research and technology organisation (RTO)
    • carry out your project in the UK
    • intend to exploit the results from the UK
    • be an SME if you want to work alone
    • include an SME if you want to collaborate with others (businesses, research organisations, public sector organisations and/or charities)

    Open now

    Opened:
    18 February 2019
    Closes:
    24 April 2019

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