Innovation, Research and Development

£10,000 Available to Business Start-Ups and Entrepreneurs (UK) 15th February 2018

Three awards of £10,000 are available to business start-ups and entrepreneurs with ideas on how to apply machine learning, robotics and artificial intelligence to real life solutions across the public, defence or retail sectors. The awards are made available through BT’s Infinity Lab Programme and the closing date for applications is the 12th March 2018.

Funding to Use Digital Technology for Vocational Training (UK) 14th February 2018

Grants of up to £50,000 are available for innovative projects that improve vocational skills in the UK's workforce using digital technology. The grants aim to support projects at a relatively early stage of development to the point where they can demonstrate their potential to customers or funders and reach the market. The funding is being made available through the UFI Charitable Trust’s VocTech Fund and will support projects lasting up...

Improving Health Through Digital Innovations: Apply for Funding (UK) 7th February 2018

Small to medium sized businesses working with at least one partner can apply for a share of £8million to develop digital technologies that help to maintain or improve health care while reducing costs in a number of priority areas for the NHS. Projects ranging in size between £300,000 and £1 million and lasting up to 30 months could attract up to 70% of their project costs. The competition, which is run by Innovate UK opens on the 15 Februar...

Developing New Ways to Diagnose Asthma: Apply for Funding (UK) 7th February 2018

Researchers and businesses can now apply for a share of £1.25 million to develop tools to accurately diagnose asthma and help patients receive personalised care. The funding is being made available through Asthma UK and Innovate UK. This funding aims to invest in ideas that improve the diagnosis of asthma so that patients can receive better, personalised treatment more quickly. The competition is seeking proposals with potential for adoption...

Funding for Emerging and Enabling & Health and Life Sciences Projects (UK) 1st February 2018

Businesses and research and technology organisations can apply for a share of £19 million to develop new products and services in in the health and life sciences. Projects supported will address one of four priority areas: Emerging Technologies: Digital Technology: Enabling Capabilities or Space Applications. Eligible submissions will be partnerships that include an SME, range in size from £35,000 to £2 million and last from 3 months to 3 y...

Grants Available to Develop Community – University Research Partnerships (North West England and South West England) 31st January 2018

Local community organisations and university researchers in the North West and South West regions of England are invited to establish research collaborations to develop ideas that will benefit their community via the Community University Partnership Initiative (CUPI). At each event, small grants of £500 to £1000 (£7000 in total at each event) are available for ‘thinking time’ where teams of community partners and academics can work tog...

Grants to Support Improvements in Science Education (England) 30th January 2018

A new research funding stream has been launched with the aim of closing the science attainment and progression gap between disadvantaged pupils aged 5 – 16 and their more affluent peers. Researchers, school teachers, experts in formal learning or those working in an education setting within a charity, social enterprise or local authority, are invited to submit proposals for practical school interventions. Supported approaches will focus on...

Small Grants Available for Games Developers (UK) 30th January 2018

Game developers have until the 23rd February 2018 to apply for funding of up to £5,000 and the opportunity to attend a national consumer games show and exhibit their playable demo to the public. Applicants must have no more than 50 employees and must complete the development of a prototype game between Spring and Autumn 2018. Teams successful at this stage will then have the chance to pitch to the panel of industry judges for the chance to r...

Funding for Research to Develop and Test Ideas for Teacher Retention (England) 29th January 2018

Research grants of between £75,000 and £750,000 are available to researchers, school leaders and teachers in England to test ideas that aim to support science teachers to remain in the profession for longer. The research project can last for up to three years. Areas of research could include (but are not limited to): Teacher mentoring programmes; continuing professional development; reducing teacher workload; support for teacher wellbeing;...

Using Simulation to Test Driverless Vehicles: Apply for Funding (UK) 23rd January 2018

Through a new partnership between the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV) and Innovate UK, businesses can compete for a share of up to £15 million to develop simulation technologies that help to speed up adoption of standards and regulations for the use of driverless vehicles. The competition is for collaborative research and development (R&D) projects. As the first stage of CCAV's approach to enhancing the UK's testing ecosys...

Funding for Library Innovators Re-Opens for Applications (UK) 22nd January 2018

The Carnegie UK Trust has launched the third funding round of the ‘Carnegie Library Lab' programme. The Library Lab programme is designed to support and develop innovation and leadership in the public library sector across the UK and Ireland. The Trust are looking for applications from individual library staff working in early and mid-management roles across the UK and Ireland. Successful applicants will work with the Trust as Carnegie Pa...

Rent Recognition Challenge to be Launched (UK) 22nd January 2018

The Government has launch a £2 million Rent Recognition Challenge Prize to enable the development of technology that will allow rental tenants to record and share their rental payment data with lenders and credit reference agencies. The aim is to allow rent payments to be considered by banks when conducting a mortgage affordability assessment. The competition will be open until the 9th March 2018. Shortlisted entries will then proceed to a de...

Follow On Innovation Vouchers (Scotland) 18th January 2018

Follow on Innovation Vouchers are aimed at building sustained relationships between small and medium sized companies, from all industry sectors, and universities in Scotland who have previously worked together and jointly received funding. The proposed collaborative project should lead to new products, services and processes that will benefit the company, the university and the Scottish economy. The value of a voucher is up to £20,000, which...

Mobility Unlimited Challenge (UK and Worldwide) 18th January 2018

Toyota Mobility Foundation's $4 million Mobility Unlimited Challenge was launched in November 2017 to find teams of innovators who have an idea or device for ground breaking assistive technology that has the potential to change the lives of people with lower-limb paralysis. Eligible teams may be made up of people with engineering, software, design and data science expertise who will want to include end-users from the outset by engaging people...

Apply Now for the Chance to Make Your Experiment Fly on the International Space Station (UK) 17th January 2018

Researchers, universities and businesses are being offered the opportunity to compete to get their science into space in a new funding call announced by the UK Space Agency. Ideas are welcomed from all UK organisations, including university-led academic research proposals and industry-led commercial research proposals for experiments that take place in microgravity. Successful ideas will be offered the opportunity to provide full detailed expe...

Powering the Next Generation of Vehicles: Funding for Businesses (UK) 15th January 2018

A new scheme for businesses is offering a share of up to £30 million for projects that develop new ways of powering vehicles to reduce CO2 emissions and strengthen the UK supply chain either in low carbon vehicle propulsion or lightweight systems technology. Funding for this competition is provided by the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC), a government-industry body that aims to make the UK a global centre of excellence for low carbon vehicle...

Transform Foundation Facebook and Website Grants (UK) 10th January 2018

The Transform Foundation provides grants for charities to develop an effective social media and web presence with the aim of developing future funding streams. The Foundation has two funding programmes - a Facebook Grant programme (which provides £5,000 of funding to spend on Facebook advertising, with potential scale-up funding of up to £10,000) and a Website Grant Programme (which provides a funding package of up to £18,000 to cover the...

Funding Available to Support Digital Social Action Projects (UK) 5th January 2018

Go Think Big is offering grants of up to £500 to support local digital social action projects to inspire young people (aged 15-24) to make a positive impact within their community. This could include film, radio, journalism or general media, which focuses on using technology to harness a creative vision. Projects can be based around anything from skills workshops, podcasts or journalism pieces, to live events, community initiatives or apps....

Funding for Projects that Raise the Attainment of Disadvantaged School Students (England) 3rd January 2018

The Shine Trust which funds projects that help disadvantaged young people to realise their academic potential, has announced that the Let Teachers SHINE competition will re-open for applications on the 23rd February 2018. The competition aims to find the country's best teachers and some fresh, imaginative and practical ways to raise attainment among disadvantaged students in literacy, numeracy and/or science. Funding of up to £15,000 will be...

Zero Power Water Monitoring Challenge (UK / Europe) 2nd January 2018

The European Commission is inviting European innovators to come up with solutions based on self-powered and wireless smart sensing technologies, designed for real-time monitoring of water resources. The € 2 million Zero Power Water Monitoring Horizon Prize will be awarded through the EU's Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. Applications are welcomed from innovators, SMEs and non-profit organisations acting alone or...

£500,000 Available to Tech Solutions Demonstrating Value of Connected Vehicle Technologies (UK) 28th December 2017

The Department for Transport has launched a competition to demonstrate connected vehicle applications that provide real benefit to local authorities to access data on road condition information and asset management. The competition will provide £500,000 for local authority projects costing between £30,000 and £100,000 which will demonstrate the capability of connected vehicle data; improve the quality of road condition and asset management...

Nuffield Foundation - Research Placements Reopen for Applications (UK) 19th December 2017

Application deadlines for the Nuffield Foundations Research Placements programme have just been announced. Open to candidates on a regional basis, students in their first year of A-levels, AS-levels, BTEC, Scottish Highers, or the International Baccalaureate studying all areas of science, technology, engineering and maths, are eligible to apply. Nuffield Research Placements offer students participation in authentic, hands-on research projects...

Funding for Large Heritage Projects (UK) 14th December 2017

Grants of over £100,000 are available to support a wide variety of larger heritage projects. The Heritage Lottery Fund's Heritage Grant Scheme provides grants of over 100,000 to not-for-profit organisations; and partnerships led by not-for-profit organisations for any project relating to national, regional and local heritage. This can include archaeological sites; collections of objects, books or documents in museums, libraries or archives; c...

High-Growth Spinout Programme (Scotland) 14th December 2017

The next closing date for applications to the High-Growth Spinout Programme is the 14th February 2018. The aim of the programme is to assist existing, or create new, high-growth companies based in Scotland. Through the programme funding is available to support the pre-commercialisation of leading-edge technologies emerging from Scotland's universities, research institutes and NHS Boards. It helps researchers to take their ideas and inventions...

Funding for Community Projects (North East) 14th December 2017

The next closing date for applications to the Sir James Knott Trust is 1st March 2018. The Trust supports community projects in Tyne and Wear, Northumberland and County Durham, including Hartlepool, that help improve the conditions of people living and working in the North East of England. A range of projects can be supported and the areas under which community groups can apply are: Arts and Culture; Community Issues and Events; Educat...

Lancashire's 'LEADER' Rural Funding Programme Update (North West) 13th December 2017

Lancashire's three LEADER programmes have been allocated £4.2 million of rural funding and are now accepting calls for projects focussed on Enterprise, Farming, Rural Services, Culture and Heritage, Forestry and Tourism. Recently funded projects include: Brindle Distillery, Chorley (Lancashire Pennine Moors LEADER area) received 40% funding towards the cost of specialist distilling equipment; Cartford Inn, Eccleston ( Lancashire West LEADER...

Funding for Community Groups in Areas Affected by Birmingham Airport Operations (West Midlands) 12th December 2017

The Birmingham Airport Community Trust Fund has announced that the next closing date for applications is the 23rd February 2018. The Trust makes grants of up to £3,000 to community groups in areas most affected by the Airport's operations. Since the Trust's inception in 1998 over £1.5 million has been invested in over 600 local projects. The Trust will support projects relating to heritage conservation; environmental improvements; bringing...

Heritage Lottery Fund Announces Final Deadline for Sharing Heritage Applications (UK) 7th December 2017

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has announced that it will be launching its new Funding Framework early in 2019 and that the final deadline for applications to the Sharing Heritage Programme is the 18th January 2019. Through the programme, registered charities, community groups and other not for profit and statutory organisations can apply for grants of between £3,000 and £10,000 for projects that help local people discover and share their...

Norfolk and North Suffolk LEADER Programme Deadline Dates for 2018 (Norfolk & North Suffolk) 5th December 2017

Norfolk Local Action Group has just published meeting dates and application deadlines for 2018. Applications are now invited for projects based in the Brecks, Broads, Waveney Valley, Wensum & Coast and West Norfolk LEADER areas. Applications can be made by farmers, growers, foresters, other local rural businesses and rural community organisations. The minimum grant that can be applied for is £2,500 with no maximum grant amount set and gran...

Go-Digital Fund Round 2 Deadline Announced (Scotland) 4th December 2017

The deadline for applications for Round 2 of the Go-Digital Fund for 2017/18 is Friday 23 February 2018. is Administered by Publishing Scotland with the help of funding from Creative Scotland, the Go-Digital fund supports Scottish-based book publishers in bringing their books to a new digital audience. The total sum available is £8,000 which is spread over two funding rounds annually with eligible publishers able to claim up to £1,000. The f...

East Peak LEADER 2015-2020 (Yorkshire & Co Durham) 1st December 2017

The East Peak LEADER programme has opened for applications. Leader is a European funding programme designed to support the development of the rural economy by providing grants to small businesses and communities. The new EPIP LEADER programme 2015-2020 managed by East Peak Innovation Partnership has £1.1m available over 4 years as grants for eligible projects. Small businesses, community groups and social enterprises etc can apply for grant...

DAYCO Fund (County Durham) 1st December 2017

Voluntary youth and community organisations in County Durham (excluding Darlington) who are looking to promote development and long term sustainability (3-5 years) within their organisation can now apply for funding of between £250 and £5,000 from the DAYCO fund. The fund is being administered by the County Durham Community Foundation and applications must clearly show how the project they are planning fits in with the long term plan for the...

East Leicestershire LEADER is now Re-opens For Applications (East Midlands) 30th November 2017

The next call for proposals through the Leader programme for East Leicestershire has opened for applications. Leader is a European funding programme designed to support the development of the rural economy by providing grants to small businesses and communities. Priorities to be addressed through this call are to improve the productivity and exploit diversification opportunities for well connected and innovative land based businesses; to pro...

Lancashire Leader Programmes Open for Applications (North West) 28th November 2017

The Lancashire LEADER 2015-2020 programmes are now officially open for applications. Leader is a European funding programme designed to support the development of the rural economy by providing grants to small businesses and communities. The LEADER scheme is part of the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) and is part funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD). . The programme will run from 2015-2020 wit...

Wesleyan Foundation Launched (West Midlands) 28th November 2017

Wesleyan, the specialist financial mutual, has launched a new charitable Foundation in partnership with Heart of England Community Foundation with an aim to give up to £1 million a year to good causes. The Wesleyan Foundation hopes to award around 100 grants in its first year and will enable its customers and members to decide which projects receive the most support, by nominating voluntary organisations important to them. Charities, communit...

Hospice UK Research Small Grants Programme Opens for Applications (UK) 28th November 2017

Hospice UK has announced that its Research Small Grants Programme is open for applications. The programme provides grants of up to £500 to support hospices to engage with, generate and lead the development of hospice and palliative care research. The programme is part of the Hospice UK Research Active Hospices action plan. The lead applicant must be employed by a full member of Hospice UK based in the UK, this includes Adult hospices and Chi...

£1 Million Social Investment Fund for Early Intervention Projects (London) 27th November 2017

The CAN Early Intervention Fund which provides loans and business support to Voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations who deliver innovative, demonstrably effective products and services for the benefit of children and young people, has secured match funding from Funding London to double the amount of funding they can offer. The £1m fund provides loans of between £5,000 and £100,000 as well as business support to vol...

Eastern Plateau LEADER Programme (Hertfordshire) 27th November 2017

The Eastern Plateau LEADER programme has opened for applications. Leader is a European funding programme designed to support the development of the rural economy by providing grants to small businesses and communities. The programme will run from 2015-2020 with £1.8 million available for projects in the Eastern Plateau LEADER area that are relevant to the main Leader priorities: Increased farm productivity; micro and SME development; farm div...

Wool Towns Leader Programme (Suffolk and North Essex) 24th November 2017

Local businesses, voluntary groups and entrepreneurs in the Suffolk and North Essex Wool towns can get funding of £2,500 to £100,000 (for up to 40% of total project costs) to support rural development projects through the Leader Programme. The Wool Towns Local Action Group has the following priorities for the funding: Promote the sustainable growth of rural businesses; Maintain and improve the range and quality of services and ensure access...

Science Grants for Schools (Various Locations in the UK) 22nd November 2017

The Edina Trust has announced the latest eligible funding areas for their Science Grant Scheme. Small grants are available to all state-funded primary schools, nurseries and special schools in the designated educational areas to be used to promote the teaching of science and gardening. Funding is set aside so that there is enough for every school in these areas to get the full amount. The SGS runs in each area for three years, before moving on...

Community Facilities Programme (Wales) 21st November 2017

Community groups, registered charities and social enterprises have until the 31st March 2018 to apply for funding from the Welsh Governments Community Facilities Programme. Grants are available at two levels; small grants of under £25,000 and larger grants of up to £250,000. Funding is for capital costs only and can be used to improve community facilities which are useful to, and well used by, people in the community. The focus of the progra...

Funding for Research into Alzheimers (South West England & South Wales) 20th November 2017

Individuals and groups in South West England and South Wales have the opportunity to apply for funding to undertake research into the different forms of dementia. The funding is available through the charity BRACE and focuses on four main areas. These are how the brain works, in order to understand more clearly what has gone wrong in someone with dementia; development of effective and accurate means of diagnosing the condition as early as pos...

Arts Access and Participation Fund (UK) 10th November 2017

The Paul Hamlyn Foundation has announced the latest grants to be awarded through its Arts Access and Participation fund. Projects that have been awarded grants include the Action Transport Theatre Company Ltd a professional theatre company making work 'for, by and with' children and young people which received a grant of £56,000 to develop a digital arts outreach programme, using technology such as mobile phones and tablets; and the Freedom...

Alcohol Research UK Network Development Grants (UK) 6th November 2017

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...

People's Trust for Endangered Species - Worldwide Grant (UK) 30th October 2017

Researchers and Conservationists with projects focusing on endangered species, who are working and established in either the UK, UK overseas territories or any country NOT classified by the World Bank as high-income, can now apply for a grant of between £3,000 and £10,000 per annum for up to two years. Funding is available from the People's Trust for Endangered Species for work that seeks to: find the critical scientific evidence that will f...