Innovation in Professional and Financial Services – Single Applicants

Companies can apply for up to £140,000 in grant funding to develop new professional and financial services technologies. Find out if you’re eligible.

Innovate UK’s £7 million Innovation in Professional and Financial Services competition is now open. 

Closing on 9 November, this competition is designed to support businesses developing apps, platforms and other technologies in the Professional and Financial services space.  

This competition is split into two strands:

  • Single applicants
  • Collaboration 

This blog will focus on the single applicants strand. If you’re working on a relevant technology with one or more partners – other companies, research organisations, etc. – check out the collaboration blog.

Key Details

  • Up to £140,000 in grant funding is available 
  • The competition runs from 5 September to 9 November 2022
  • Your project must start by 1 April 2023 

Below are the key things you need to know about the eligibility criteria and the application process for the Innovation in Professional and Financial Services – Single Applicant competition.

Take a moment to read through this information. Then contact GrantTree for a quick, no-strings-attached assessment of your eligibility.

Am I Eligible for the Single Applicants Strand?

Your Project

Your project must focus on one or more of the following areas:

  • Legal services
  • Accountancy and audit
  • Insurance
  • Open finance innovation
  • Financial planning and support for SMEs and consumers
  • Compliance and crime prevention
  • Payments and transactions

Additionally, your project must:

  • Have total qualifying costs of between £50,000 and £200,000
  • Last 6 to 18 months 
  • Start by 1 April 2023 
  • Be a feasibility study or experimental development project

You must carry out all of your project work and exploit its results in the UK.

Leading A Project

To lead a project, your company must be a micro, small, or medium-sized enterprise (SME).

You can read about how Innovate UK defines an SME in this blog

For a full breakdown of the eligibility criteria, check out the competition’s website.

You can also find out more about this competition by watching Innovate UK’s announcement video.

How Do I Apply?

The application is split into three sections: Project details, application questions, and finances.

Project Details

This section includes a 400-word project summary, a 400-word description of how your project matches the competition’s scope, and a 400-word public description explaining how you would like Innovate UK to describe your work to third parties.

Application Questions

This section comprises 11 questions covering a range of areas, including the need or challenge your project is looking to address, the members of your project team and their roles, your target market, and how you are going to manage your project effectively.


This is where you’ll enter your project costs, organisation details and funding details.

Maximise Your Chances with GrantTree

Securing an Innovation in Professional and Financial Services grant could be a game changer for your business. But putting together an eye-catching application can be a difficult, time-consuming process. And because Innovate UK awards are extremely competitive, there’s every chance you won’t receive funding. 

However, you can significantly increase your chances of success by working with an innovation grants specialist like GrantTree. Our team helped nine companies secure nearly £3 million from the last round of the notoriously-competitive Smart competition and are standing by to help you create a compelling submission for the Innovation in Professional and Financial Services grant.

If you want help applying or would like to discuss our services in greater detail, just drop us a line!

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