Innovation, Research and Development

£10 million Research Competition Launched to Tackle Antimicrobial Resistance (UK) 30th July 2018

A £10 million research competition has been launched to tackle antimicrobial resistance in humans. The funds will be used to encourage the development of innovative scientific approaches to stopping antimicrobial resistance and to infection control and prevention. The competition will be run by Innovate UK through a Small Business Research Initiative that has two strands: Strand One for feasibility and exploration projects, Strand Two for mor...

Innovation Voucher Scheme - Follow on Funding (Scotland) 24th July 2018

The Scottish Funding Council has announced that the next deadline for applications under its Follow on Innovation Voucher Scheme is the 17th August 2018. The awards are specifically intended to encourage existing partnerships that have previously collaborated and jointly received funding. This can include the Scottish Funding Council Innovation Voucher awards scheme or any other funded activity. Businesses in partnership with Higher Education...

ICO Grants Programme (UK) 17th July 2018

The Information Commissioners Office (ICO) has launched a second round of funding for research into innovative privacy solutions. The ICO invites academic institutions, civil society groups, trade and industry associations and organisations with a genuine commitment to public benefit outcome to apply for grants of between £20,000 and £100,000. Applications for projects addressing big data, artificial intelligence, machine learning, social sc...

Funding to Engage the Public in Health Research and Innovation (UK / International) 16th July 2018

Commercial and not-for-profit organisations and individuals with creative, innovative ideas about how to deliver people-centred health research can apply for grants of £25,000 to £3 million for work lasting up to three years in the UK, Republic of Ireland, Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and East Asia and Pacific. Applications for work which promotes diversity and inclusion and engages people and communities who are affected by social and ec...

Business and Academic Partnerships: Apply for Funding (UK) 16th July 2018

Businesses across the UK are being invited to collaborate with an academic or research organisation and a graduate on a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP), a scheme that helps businesses to innovate and grow. Up to £40 million in total is available for part funding of KTPs that will offer business the opportunity to access new skills and the latest academic thinking to help them deliver a specific, strategic innovation project. KTPs can las...

Funding Opportunity to Develop Next Generation AI Services (UK) 16th July 2018

UK business, academic, charity, public sector organisations or research and technology organisations can apply for a share of £12 million to develop AI and data enabled products and services within three target service sectors: Accountancy, insurance and legal services. Awarded via the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund the level of support available will not exceed 70% of total project costs and depend on the size of business applying and t...

Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator Funding (UK) 13th July 2018

A new £9.2 million Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator (IEEA) fund from the Carbon Trust has been launched to help strengthen the global competitiveness of British industry. The aim is to lower the cost of near-market energy efficient technologies through demonstration projects. The competition is open to all UK manufacturing sectors. Grants of between £150,000 and £1 million per project representing 40-60% of total project costs avail...

Digital Tools for Prospective Students: Apply for Funding (Great Britain) 4th July 2018

Funding of up to £25,000 is available to organisations such as businesses, research organisations or third sector organisations to create free, accessible, commercially sustainable and innovative digital tools to help prospective students make better decisions about their future based on graduate salary and employment outcomes. This is phase 1 of a 2-phase competition and a total of £125,000 (including VAT) is available. The funding is av...

Funding to Support Self-Driving Technology (UK) 3rd July 2018

A £25 million boost for self-driving technology has been announced. UK based businesses working in collaboration with other businesses, research bases and third sector organisations are eligible to apply for up to 70% of the total project costs of a 6-month trial of self-driving passenger vehicles in public or semi-controlled settings. The Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV) will invest in up to 4 pilot schemes where the proje...

Reducing Plastic Waste in the Environment: Apply for Funding (UK) 27th June 2018

UK based business, academic organisations, charities, public sector organisations or research and technology organisations wishing to develop innovative solutions to reduce the amount of plastic entering the environment can apply for a share of £4 million to support their work. The funding is available for projects with a total cost of between £50,000 and £1 million that can start by 1 December 2018 and end by 31 December 2020. The fundi...

New Plastics Research and Innovation Fund Announced (UK) 27th June 2018

A new £20 million fund that aims to explore new ideas and innovations that can bring changes in the UK’s plastics manufacturing and consumption patterns has been announced. The fund will seek to support strategic networking and research that will coordinate existing knowledge across the UK; catalysing new ideas and rapid solutions across the research and innovation landscape. It will support the polymer, packaging, retail and waste sectors...

Funding for Immersive Technologies for Pupils with Autism (Northern Ireland) 27th June 2018

Small businesses working on innovative technology solutions can apply for a share of up to £150,000 to show how virtual and augmented reality could improve outcomes for young people aged 3 to 19 years with autism in Northern Ireland. Any organisation that can demonstrate a route to market for its idea is eligible to apply for up to 100% of the costs of a feasibility study that relates to educational tools that can be used within a classroom e...

Government Launches New Fund to Support Small Business Growth (England) 27th June 2018

The government has launched a new £2 million fund for proof of concept projects aimed at encouraging SMEs to adopt productivity-boosting technology or business practices. The programme will test innovative ways of encouraging micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to adopt existing technologies and business practices that can boost their productivity. In doing so the programme aims to add to the evidence base of what works in drivi...

Apply for Funding to Create a Network of Digital Pathology, Imaging and AI Centres (UK) 19th June 2018

Through the government’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF), hospitals, the NHS, research organisations and industry can join forces to apply for a share of £50 million to establish a network of 5 to 6 centres of excellence across the UK using digital systems and artificial intelligence (AI) to improve diagnosis and deliver precision treatments. Each of the new centres will enable companies, especially SMEs, to rapidly develop, test...

New Fund to Support Social Technology Projects (UK) 4th June 2018

A new grant funding programme to empower a new generation of technology that transforms lives will open in July 2018. Charities and social enterprises will be eligible to apply to a new £0.5 million grant funding programme for early stage ventures. Following the evolution of socially motivated tech grant maker Nominet Trust into Social Tech Trust, the fund - Tech to unite us – aims to empower a new generation of social technology.

Alcohol Research UK Network Development Grants (UK) 13th April 2018

Alcohol Research UK is offering grants of up £3,000 towards the organisation of conferences or events that support the establishment of research networks seeking to develop new themes in alcohol research. The network or conference must be relevant to, or further the aims of, Alcohol Research UK's programme of work. There is no deadline for Network Development awards, however, applications should be made at the planning stage of the event or n...