Innovation competitions

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22 competitions


  • 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

    Opening soon

    Opens:
    20 July 2020
    Closes:
    28 October 2020

  • IETF deployment of energy efficiency technologies in industry

    Organisations can apply for a share of up to £30 million for grants for energy efficiency projects that reduce fuel bills and carbon emissions.

    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 10-33) or data centre (SIC code 63110) in England, Wales or Northern Ireland where the project is located

    Opening soon

    Opens:
    20 July 2020
    Closes:
    28 October 2020

  • Using digital technology to support psychological therapies (SBRI competition)

    Organisations can apply for a share of up to £345,000 (including VAT) to develop new solutions using digital technology to provide psychological support.

    Eligibility

    To lead a project, you can:

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

    Opening soon

    Opens:
    20 July 2020
    Closes:
    16 September 2020

  • Agri-tech catalyst round 10: agriculture and food systems, early stage

    UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £2.5 million to work on agri-tech and food chain innovations in Africa.

    Eligibility

    This competition is open to collaborations only.

    Your project must include all of the following:

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

    The application must be started by, and the award received by, a partner from the UK.

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

    Opening soon

    Opens:
    20 July 2020
    Closes:
    21 October 2020

  • Agri-tech catalyst round 10: agriculture and food systems, late stage

    UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £2.5 million to work on agri-tech and food chain innovations in Africa.

    Eligibility

    This competition is open to collaborations only.

    Your project must include all of the following:

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

    The application must be started by, and the award received by, a partner from the UK.

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

    Opening soon

    Opens:
    20 July 2020
    Closes:
    21 October 2020

  • Agri-tech catalyst round 10: agriculture and food systems, mid stage

    UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £2.5 million to work on agri-tech and food chain innovations in Africa.

    Eligibility

    This competition is open to collaborations only.

    Your project must include all of the following:

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

    The application must be started by, and the award received by, a partner from the UK.

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

    Opening soon

    Opens:
    20 July 2020
    Closes:
    21 October 2020

  • Manufacturing made smarter: digital supply chain, feasibility studies

    UK registered businesses can apply for funding towards feasibility studies into digital technologies to transform supply chains in UK manufacturing. This funding is from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.

    Eligibility

    This competition is open to collaborations only.

    To lead a project your organisation must:

    • be a UK registered business of any size
    • involve at least one micro, small or medium-sized enterprise (SME)

    Open now

    Opened:
    6 July 2020
    Closes:
    7 October 2020

  • Manufacturing made smarter: digital supply chain, industrial research

    UK registered businesses can apply for funding towards an industrial research project in digital technologies to transform supply chains in UK manufacturing. This funding is from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.

    Eligibility

    This competition is open to collaborations only.

    To lead a project your organisation must:

    • be a UK registered business of any size
    • involve at least one micro, small or medium-sized enterprise (SME)

    Open now

    Opened:
    6 July 2020
    Closes:
    7 October 2020

  • ATI Programme strategic batch: expression of interest July 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:
    6 July 2020
    Closes:
    22 July 2020

  • The Sustainable Innovation Fund: round 1 (temporary framework)

    UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £55 million for new projects focusing on sustainable economic recovery from COVID-19.

    Eligibility

    This competition is open to single applicants and collaborations.

    To lead a project or work alone your organisation must:

    • be a UK registered business of any size -
    • involve at least one micro, small or medium-sized enterprise (SME)

    Open now

    Opened:
    29 June 2020
    Closes:
    29 July 2020

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