Innovation, Research and Development

New £1.4 Million Funding Competition To Reduce the Environmental Impact of Plastics (UK) 16th October 2018

A new £1.4 million funding competition has been launched for applicants who demonstrate creative business ideas to reduce the environmental impacts of plastic, and which bring greater circularity in the use of plastic. The grants will support new pioneering industry led collaborative projects, focussed on unlocking the most critical, short-term barriers to improving plastics circularity, finding new innovative solutions and interventions that...

Innovation Voucher Scheme - Follow on Funding (Scotland) 11th October 2018

The Scottish Funding Council has announced that the next deadline for applications under its Follow on Innovation Voucher Scheme is the 23rd November 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 Educatio...

New £15 Million Fund Announced to Support the Use of Digital Tools to Support People and Communities (UK) 10th October 2018

A new £15 million funding programme has been announced to help the charity and voluntary sector use digital tools and approaches to support people and communities. The fund which will open for applications on the 22nd October 2018 will offer grants of up to £500,000 to both existing organisations that want to use digital to take a major leap forward and newer organisations that have already launched promising services that use digital to ach...

Funding for Ideas from the UK’s Cultural and Creative Community (UK) 4th October 2018

Cultural and creative organisations, not-for-profit or commercial can get funding of up to £10,000 and mentoring support to develop a digital idea that addresses a social challenge and produces a social benefit. The ideas can be anything from a game to an interactive installation, as long as it seeks to generate a direct social outcome. The social outcomes can be anything from increasing community cohesion to reducing the consumption of sing...

Funding for Game-changing Ideas for Civil Aerospace (UK) 28th September 2018

UK based micro, small or medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can apply for a share of up to £2 million to carry out collaborative R&D, collaborative fast-track and feasibility projects that enhance the UK’s position in civil aerospace. The aim is to support and speed up industry investment focused on supply chain companies. Eligible organisations with projects costing between £425,000 to £1 million can apply for grants representing 50% for bu...

£10 Million Available to Advance Understanding of Mental Health Conditions (UK) 28th September 2018

The Wolfson Foundation has announced a £10 million funding competition to support research to advance the understanding and treatment of mental health conditions. UK universities and research organisations are eligible to apply (individually or collaboratively) and it is likely that a single award will be made. Research should focus broadly on anxiety and depression, and particular interest will be shown in proposals relating to adolescent m...

Vodafone Techstarter Opens for Applications (UK) 26th September 2018

UK-based social tech ventures and charities have the opportunity to secure funding from a £300,000 prize fund to make transformational social change in the areas of health and well-being, education, environment, social mobility and inequality. This could be around key technologies such as Internet of Things, 5G, digital services and infrastructure or in areas such as commercial development. The funding is being made available through the Vo...

Business Innovation Grants: Round Three (UK) 24th September 2018

Round Three of this business innovation competition will open on Monday 24 September 2018. Worth a total of £20 million, the investment will fund the delivery of game changing or disruptive innovations that have significant potential for impact on the UK economy. UK-based business of any size or research and technology organisations can apply for a grant for up to 70% funding for projects costing £25,000 up to £3 million and lasting 6 - 36...

Business and Academic Partnerships: Apply for Funding (UK) 20th September 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 to Develop Agricultural Technology in Africa (UK) 18th September 2018

UK businesses and research organisations can now apply for a share of up to £3 million to work with African partners to develop and embed agri-tech and food chain innovations in Africa. Funding is available for projects that transform how Africa approaches existing and new technologies and embraces change. These should target farmers and others involved in the food value chain including manufacturers, processors, retailers, distributors and w...

Grants for Projects that Promote Inclusion and Diversity within the Chemical Sciences (UK) 5th September 2018

Grants of up to £5,000 are available to enable the development of innovative products, activities and research projects which promote inclusion and diversity in the chemical science community. Members of the Royal Society of Chemistry, professionals, network groups, volunteer groups, institutions and organisations are all eligible to apply for funding that will make a significant difference to their ability to deliver the project. Outreach pr...

Global Access to Reliable Energy: Apply for Funding (UK) 3rd September 2018

Businesses, academic organisations, charities, public sector organisations or research and technology organisations (RTO) can apply for a share of up to £10 million to help bring clean, affordable and secure energy to sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. The aim is to support highly innovative, market-focused energy solutions in any technology or sector or international market. Supported projects must meet the needs of people, businesses and se...

Enterprise Fellowships Now Open for Applications (UK) 24th August 2018

Researchers and innovators who have promising technology-based business ideas can apply for funding through the Royal Society of Edinburgh Enterprise Fellowships programme. The funding is designed to allow researchers and innovators to concentrate solely on developing the commercial potential of their proposal, whilst receiving one year's salary; up to £10,000 support funding; expert training in entrepreneurship and mentoring. The Fellowships...

Improving the Productivity and Sustainability of UK Agriculture: Apply for Funding (UK) 17th August 2018

UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £20 million to improve productivity and sustainability across UK crop and ruminant production systems. The competition opens on Monday 20 August 2018 and will close at 12:00pm, Wednesday 24 October 2018. UK based businesses, academic organisations, charities, public sector organisations or research and technology organisations (RTO) carrying out project work in the UK are eligible to apply. Success...

Funding to Engage the Public in Health Research and Innovation (UK / International) 19th 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...

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...

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.