Innovation, Research and Development

Grants for UK/Canadian Business Partnerships (UK) 15th February 2019

UK businesses are being invited to apply for a share of £5 million to work with Canadian partners on highly-innovative productivity projects that target global markets. Grants of up to £200,000 (where the eligible project costs are up to £1 million) are available to support collaborative research and development projects that will result in a new product, industrial process or service. Projects must be innovative, involve a technological ri...

Next-generation Digital Healthcare: Apply for Funding (England, Scotland and Wales) 13th February 2019

UK-based small or medium-sized business (SME) working alone or in collaboration with others can apply for a share of £5 million to develop digital health innovations. The competition is for innovation collaborative research and development projects involving a variety of technologies, but must either improve health and wellbeing, transform care to improve quality or control costs and enable change. Up to 70% of the cost of projects valued at...

The Transforming Construction Network Plus - Round 1 Call for Small Projects (UK) 12th February 2019

Funded by the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, Transforming Construction Network Plus is a new research fund to bring together experts from a range of disciplines to transform the way buildings are designed, built, powered, managed and used and how to change the construction sector to address concerns of productivity, skills and user experiences. The first round of funding calls for Small Projects is now open for applications and will close...

Funding for Technological Solutions to Managing the Care of People In Custody (UK) 1st February 2019

Organisations can apply for a share of up to £150,000 to develop a technological solution for managing the care and welfare of persons in police custody. Solutions proposed will provide a system of remote health monitoring and a viewing platform for the police that will improve custody health and welfare outcomes. This is phase 1 of a potential 2-phase competition with total of £150,000 available to 5 research and development contracts in th...

Funding for Digital Technology Projects that Address Social Needs (UK) 31st January 2019

Comic Relief in partnership with the Paul Hamlyn Foundation has announced that the Tech for Good programme, which was developed to enable charities to use technology to explore different approaches to delivering better services, will be open for applications from February 11th to March 25th 2019. Thirteen successful organisations will receive funding of up to £48,000 for nine months work plus technical expertise and an intensive support prog...

Geovation Accelerator Programme (UK) 31st January 2019

Start-up businesses using location or land and property data in their products and services can now apply to receive funding, business support and the strategic backing of Ordnance Survey and HM Land Registry. The Geovation Programmes GeoTech and PropTech will take award winners through four phases over the course of 12 months and offer at least six months of focussed support including a grant of up to £20,000 grant funding (in two phases) an...

Challenge Fund for Healthcare Technologies Opens for Applications (UK) 30th January 2019

UK small to medium sized businesses can apply for a share of up to £10 million to develop technologies, products and processes that could offer better outcomes for patients. The fund will support new technologies that prevent disease and support proactive management of health conditions; detect and diagnose disease earlier, leading to better patient outcomes; and develop tailored treatments that offer potential cures or change an underlying d...

Challenge Fund for Healthcare Technologies: Call for Feasibility Studies (UK) 29th January 2019

UK small to medium sized businesses can apply for a share of up to £10 million to develop technologies, products and processes that could offer better outcomes for patients. The fund will support new technologies that prevent disease and support proactive management of health conditions; detect and diagnose disease earlier, leading to better patient outcomes; and develop tailored treatments that offer potential cures or change an underlying d...

Support for Technology Start-ups to Tackle Social and Environmental Problems (UK) 28th January 2019

This investment programme is seeking strong and ambitious teams with an innovative idea that use technology to address challenges in one of six impact areas: Health; Civic engagement; sustainability; Tech to support young people; Education and WorkerTech. Selected teams will be looking to turn their idea into a successful for-profit business. The programme will invest up to £20,000 in exchange for 6% equity. In addition, the programme offers:...

Innovation Voucher Scheme - Follow on Funding (Scotland) 22nd January 2019

The Scottish Funding Council has announced that the next deadline for applications under its Follow on Innovation Voucher Scheme is the 8th March 2019. 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 In...

Government Announces £60m Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging Challenge (UK) 18th January 2019

Up to £60 million of public funding is to be offered to business innovators in the UK for research and development projects aimed at developing waste-based plastics. The funding will also be used to support concepts which would enable manufacturers to use a higher proportion of recycled content in their plastic packaging. Offered through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund and delivered by UK Research and Innovation, the first round of the...

Funding for Disruptive, High-impact Aerospace Technologies (UK) 17th January 2019

UK based businesses, academic organisations, charities, public sector organisations or research and technology organisations (RTOs) are all eligible to apply for a share of up to £2 million to carry out feasibility projects that could enhance the UK’s position in civil aerospace. The aim is to support and speed up industry investment focused on supply chain companies. Projects costing between £255,000 and £500,000 will be eligible for gra...

Government Re-Launches and Extends Better Broadband Scheme (UK) 14th January 2019

The Better Broadband Scheme has been extended for a further year until 31st December 2019. The scheme offers a subsidised basic broadband connection to businesses and private dwellings where occupiers are unable to access download speeds of at least 2 mbps, and who will not benefit from the superfast broadband rollout within the next 12 months. The subsidy can be used to fund a variety of technology solutions, including satellite, 4G and fixed...

Funding for Businesses to Design Vehicles Powered by Low Carbon Tech (UK) 4th January 2019

A £20 million funding competition has been announced that will invest in business projects that support the design, build and manufacture of zero and low emission vehicles and technologies. Offered by the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) applications are welcomed from UK-based later-stage R&D projects that require funding to support the UK’s long-term supply chain and associated capabilities, in the design, build and manufacture of low and...

Research Small Grants Programme for Hospices (UK) 28th December 2018

Small Grants of up to £500 per study are available to full members of Hospice UK (Adult or Children’s hospices) to undertake a research project. Projects supported will offer practical research that includes patient and public involvement and offers results that may be shared through open access publications. The research may take place over up to two years, however no more than £500 will be granted in total. This is an open call with limi...

Funding of £40 Million Available for Business-Academic Partnerships (UK) 9th November 2018

Businesses and not-for-profit organisation of any size can apply for a share of up to £40 million to take part in a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP). The aim of the programme is to help businesses turn academic research into viable products and services that will lead to growth and future development. KTPs can either build on an existing relationship with an academic partner, or be a completely new collaboration with a university, colleg...

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...

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...

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.