Innovation competitions

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22 competitions


  • The Sustainable Innovation Fund: SBRI phase 1

    Organisations can apply for a share of up to £10 million, including VAT, to help UK businesses and the public sector recover from COVID-19 in a sustainable manner.

    Eligibility

    To lead a project, you can be an organisation of any size. Contracts will be awarded to a single legal entity only.

    You must engage with potential future customers to ensure that the product or service being developed is realistic, scalable and accommodates end user requirements and feedback.

    Open now

    Opened:
    29 June 2020
    Closes:
    5 August 2020

  • Catalysing Green Innovation: strand 2: Securing the future of ZEV

    UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £10 million to research and develop technologies to help secure future zero emission vehicles innovation.

    Eligibility

    This competition strand is open to single applicants and collaborations of maximum 2 participants.

    To lead a project your organisation must:

    • be a UK registered business of any size

    Open now

    Opened:
    17 June 2020
    Closes:
    29 July 2020

  • EUREKA GlobalStars Singapore CRD – Round 2

    UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £1 million to develop innovative proposals with Singapore and other EUREKA participating members.

    Eligibility

    This competition is open to collaborations only.

    UK lead applicant

    To lead a project as a UK registered organisation you must:

    • collaborate with a Singapore registered business, which must be a separate non-linked legal entity to the UK partners

    Open now

    Opened:
    17 June 2020
    Closes:
    15 October 2020

  • Energy Catalyst round 8: clean energy access, feasibility projects

    Organisations can apply for a share of up to £20 million to develop and demonstrate innovative solutions for clean, affordable and secure energy access in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia or South East Asia.

    Eligibility

    This strand of the competition is open to single organisation or collaborative applications.

    To be eligible for funding you can be from any country, and must be a:

    or

    • public sector organisation

    To be the administrative lead on a project you must be a UK business

    To be the technical lead on a project you must be a business from any country.

    Open now

    Opened:
    16 June 2020
    Closes:
    16 September 2020

  • Energy Catalyst round 8: clean energy access - industrial research

    Organisations can apply for a share of up to £20 million to develop and demonstrate innovative solutions for clean, affordable and secure energy access in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia or South East Asia.

    Eligibility

    This strand of the competition is open for collaborative applications only.

    To be eligible for funding you can be from any country, and must be a:

    or

    • public sector organisation

    To be the administrative lead on a project you must be a UK business.

    To be the technical lead on a project you must be a business from any country.

    Open now

    Opened:
    16 June 2020
    Closes:
    16 September 2020

  • Energy Catalyst round 8: clean energy - experimental development

    Organisations can apply for a share of up to £20 million to develop and demonstrate innovative solutions for clean, affordable and secure energy access in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia or South East Asia

    Eligibility

    This strand of the competition is open for collaborative applications only.

    To be eligible for funding you can be from any country, and must be a:

    or public sector organisation.

    To be the administrative lead on a project you must be a UK business

    To be the technology lead on a project you must be a business from any country

    Open now

    Opened:
    16 June 2020
    Closes:
    16 September 2020

  • Catalysing Green Innovation: strand 1, advancing PEMD supply chain

    UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £5 million to develop supply chain capability for power electronics, machines and drives (PEMD).

    Eligibility

    This competition strand is open to collaborations only.

    To lead a project your organisation must be a UK registered business of any size.

    Open now

    Opened:
    16 June 2020
    Closes:
    29 July 2020

  • Young Innovators Awards 2020/21

    Young people can apply for an award to make their business idea a reality. The Award includes a £5,000 grant, tailored business support and a living allowance.

    Eligibility

    This competition is open to single applicants only.

    To be eligible applicants must:

    • be a UK resident who has the right to work in the UK, or will have the right to work in the UK at the time of the Award
    • be aged between 18 and 30 on the date of competition closing
    • be able to commit 2 days per week to working on the Award

    Open now

    Opened:
    15 June 2020
    Closes:
    2 September 2020

  • UK Canada Quantum Technology Programme CR&D competition

    UK businesses with Canadian partners can apply for a share of up to £2 million from Innovate UK for collaborative research and development projects

    Eligibility

    This competition is open to collaborations only.

    Projects must have both a Canadian and a UK lead. Canadian leads must be university researchers and must submit a parallel application to NSERC on their online system by 8pm EST time on 29 July.

    To lead a project in the UK your organisation must be a UK registered business of any size.

    In the Innovation Funding Service (IFS) application you must list the UK lead as lead organisation and identify the Canadian lead in the application.

    The UK project consortium must contain at least one additional partner, which may be a:

    • business
    • RTO
    • or university

    Open now

    Opened:
    15 June 2020
    Closes:
    29 July 2020

  • EUREKA GlobalStars Japan

    UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £1 million to develop innovative proposals with Japan and other EUREKA participating members.

    Eligibility

    This competition is open to collaborations only.

    UK lead applicant

    To lead a project your organisation must:

    • be a UK registered business, of any size
    • collaborate with a lead organisation registered in Japan

    Open now

    Opened:
    8 June 2020
    Closes:
    10 September 2020

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