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GrantTree Secures Clients £3 million in Innovate UK Smart Grants

Our team of consultants and subject matter experts helped nine cutting-edge companies win funding from the last round of Innovate UK’s most competitive programme.

GrantTree’s innovation grants team helped nine cutting-edge UK businesses acquire nearly £3 million from the April 2022 round of Innovate UK’s hotly-contested Smart programme.

A £25 million initiative offering SMEs up to £1.4 million in grant funding, Smart is designed to catapult early-stage R&D projects towards commercialisation.

The April 2022 round of Smart is now closed, however, the July 2022 round is open to applications through 26 October. If you want to maximise your chances of success, our team is standing by to help. Just get in touch.

How competitive are Smart Grants?

Unlike most competitions, Smart is industry-agnostic, meaning businesses from any sector can apply.

Smart’s accessibility is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it makes grant funding available to companies that aren’t eligible for Innovate UK’s more specialist initiatives. On the other, it makes Smart fiercely competitive, with only 4-7% of applicants receiving funding.

Now that Innovate UK has overhauled Smart’s application process, the success rate is likely to fall even lower.

Despite these challenges, GrantTree’s consultants helped nine clients secure sizeable grants that will propel their development work towards commercialisation.

The clients leveraged a mixture of GrantTree’s Full Write Service, where our consultants build a compelling application from scratch, and our Review Service, where our team works with an active Innovate UK assessor to provide detailed feedback on an existing application.

Speaking of clients

Commenting on GrantTree’s service, Jun Kamei, CEO and Founder of Smart grant-recipient, Amphibio, said:

“GrantTree played a pivotal role in helping Amphibio secure more than £300,000 in funding through the April 2022 round of Innovate UK’s Smart competition.

“This is the third grant GrantTree has helped us to win, and we continue to be impressed by the excellence and consistency of their offering. With support from the company’s Full Write Service, we were able to submit a high-quality application that achieved a score of over 90%. 

“We are already using the funding to support our mission of developing novel and sustainable materials for high-performance sportswear as well as disrupting the diving industry with our artificial gill project.”

Maximise your chances of with GrantTree

The July 2022 round of Smart is now open, and GrantTree’s innovation grants team is ready to maximise your chances of success.

Whether you’re looking to write a brand new application or enhance an existing one, GrantTree’s team is standing by to help. 

Just get in touch, and we’ll be right with you.