Innovation competitions

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13 competitions


  • June 2020 expression of interest: ATI Programme

    The ATI Programme provides funding for industrial research and capital projects to encourage innovation in UK civil aerospace.

    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 investment project

    Opening soon

    Opens:
    1 June 2020
    Closes:
    17 June 2020

  • Innovate UK Smart Grants: May 2020

    Opportunity to apply for a share of up to £25 million to deliver ambitious or disruptive R&D innovations that can make a significant impact on the UK economy.

    Eligibility

    To lead a project your organisation must:

    • be a UK registered business of any size or a research and technology organisation (RTO)
    • be, or collaborate with, at least one micro, small or medium-sized enterprise (SME)
    • carry out your research and development (R&D) project activity in the UK
    • intend to commercially exploit the project results from the UK

    Opening soon

    Opens:
    29 May 2020
    Closes:
    26 August 2020

  • Future flight challenge phase 2: strand 1, fast track development

    UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £30 million to develop integrated aviation systems and vehicle technologies that enable new classes of electric or autonomous air vehicles. This funding is from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund

    Eligibility

    This competition is open to collaborations only.

    To lead a project you must:

    • be a UK registered small or medium-sized enterprise (SME)
    • work with at least one other UK registered business, university or research and technology organisation (RTO)

    Open now

    Opened:
    11 May 2020
    Closes:
    1 July 2020

  • Future flight challenge phase 2: strand 2, development

    UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £30 million to develop integrated aviation systems and vehicle technologies that enable new classes of electric or autonomous air vehicles. This funding is from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund

    Eligibility

    This competition is open to collaborations only.

    To lead a project you must:

    • be a UK registered business of any size
    • work with at least one other UK registered business, university or research and technology organisation (RTO)

    Open now

    Opened:
    11 May 2020
    Closes:
    1 July 2020

  • NATEP: helping SMEs innovate in aerospace, spring 2020

    UK micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can apply for a share of up to £2.5 million for industry led civil aerospace research projects.

    Eligibility

    To lead a project your organisation must:

    All project partners must sign up to the Aerospace Technology Institute framework agreement to allow data sharing with the Aerospace Technology Institute.

    Open now

    Opened:
    4 May 2020
    Closes:
    17 June 2020

  • Eureka: healthy ageing

    UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £2 million to develop digital health technologies in partnership with organisations from EUREKA countries.

    Eligibility

    This competition is open to collaborations only.

    To be eligible for funding from Innovate UK your collaboration:

    Open now

    Opened:
    4 May 2020
    Closes:
    5 August 2020

  • EUREKA collaborative R&D: UK Sweden aerospace 2020

    UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £2.25 million to develop aerospace technology in partnership with businesses from Sweden and organisations from other EUREKA nations.

    Eligibility

    This competition is open to collaborations only.

    To be eligible for funding from the ATI Programme your collaboration:

    UK registered organisations must sign up to the Aerospace Technology Institute Framework Agreement to allow for data sharing with the Aerospace Technology Institute.

    Open now

    Opened:
    27 April 2020
    Closes:
    1 July 2020

  • EUREKA collaborative R&D: advanced materials, March 2020

    UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £1 million for advanced materials R&D projects partnering with EUREKA country organisations, including South Korea.

    Eligibility

    To be eligible for funding from Innovate UK, your collaboration:

    We strongly welcome partnerships with businesses from South Korea.

    Open now

    Opened:
    5 March 2020
    Closes:
    30 June 2020

  • GCRF demonstrate impact in developing countries: round 2, phase 1

    Organisations can apply for a share of up to £9.3 million to demonstrate market-creating innovations in lower income countries and emerging economies.

    Eligibility

    To be eligible for funding you must be a UK registered or international:

    You must comply with Official Development Assistance requirements throughout the lifetime of the project.

    The technical project work can be led by an organisation from any country. The administrative work must be led by a business from the UK.

    Open now

    Opened:
    2 March 2020
    Closes:
    10 June 2020

  • Innovation Scholars secondments: biomedical sciences, strand 3

    UKRI invites applications for individuals from any discipline wishing to spend up to 36 months (full or part time) on secondment in the biomedical sciences sector.

    Eligibility

    This competition is open to collaborations only.

    Your consortium must include:

    • at least one business within the Biomedical sector
    • at least one other UK registered business, academic institution, charity, public sector organisation or RTO

    The secondment must be carried out within a UK based facility or laboratory.

    Open now

    Opened:
    31 January 2020
    Closes:
    1 July 2020

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