Innovation Grants

What is Available

There are numerous innovation grants available, both UK and EU. Check the table, find your industry, and discover opportunities!

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    Open to all sectors

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    Advanced, Manufacturing and Engineering

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    AgriTech

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    Biotechnology/BioMedical Sciences

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    Energy and climate change

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    ICT

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    Infrastructure, The Built Environment and Smart Cities

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    Marine Economy

  • Novel Emerging and Enabling Technologies

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    Social

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    Space and Aerospace

  • Transport, Autonomous Vehicles and Associated Technologies

Grants from SME Instrument H2020: Stimulating the innovation potential of SMEs for sustainable and competitive agriculture, forestry, agri-food and bio-based sectors:

Solutions to secure sufficient supplies of safe, healthy and high quality food and other bio-based products, by developing productive, sustainable and resource-efficient primary production systems, fostering related ecosystem services and the recovery of biological diversity, alongside competitive and low-carbon supply, processing and marketing chains.

Phase One: €50k upfront at 70% match funding.

Recurring Competition: aprox. every two months


Phase Two 0.5m-€.25m at 70-100% match funding.

Recurring Competition aprox. every two months

Productive and sustainable crop and ruminant agricultural systems

UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £20 million to improve productivity and sustainability across UK crop and ruminant production systems.

Eligibility:

To lead a project you must:

  • be a UK based business
  • involve at least one micro, small or medium-sized enterprise (SME)

You can work alone or collaborate with others.

OPEN NOW

Opened: 20 August 2018

Closes: 24 October 2018

Total Project Cost: up to £5 million

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Agri-tech Catalyst round 7: agriculture and food systems innovation

UK businesses and research organisations can apply for a share of up to £3 million from DFID for projects with partners in eligible African countries.

Eligibility:

There must be a UK administrative lead. The technical project work can be led by an organisation from the UK or an eligible African country.

The administrative lead:

  • must be UK based
  • can be a business (of any size), academic organisation, charity, public sector organisation or research organisation for early and mid stage projects
  • must be a business (of any size) for late stage projects
  • must work in collaboration, including with at least one organisation from an eligible country in Africa
  • carry out your project work in the UK or an eligible African country or both
OPEN NOW

Opened: 28 August 2018

Closes: 28 November 2018

Total Project Cost: £100k - £800k

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Grants from SME Instrument H2020: Stimulating the innovation potential of SMEs for sustainable and competitive agriculture, forestry, agri-food and bio-based sectors:

Solutions to secure sufficient supplies of safe, healthy and high quality food and other bio-based products, by developing productive, sustainable and resource-efficient primary production systems, fostering related ecosystem services and the recovery of biological diversity, alongside competitive and low-carbon supply, processing and marketing chains.

Phase One: €50k upfront at 70% match funding.

Recurring Competition: aprox. every two months


Phase Two 0.5m-€.25m at 70-100% match funding.

Recurring Competition aprox. every two months

Digital health technology catalyst round 3: collaborative R&D

UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £8 million to speed up development of commercial digital health solutions.

Eligibility:

To lead a project, you must:

  • be a UK-based micro, small or medium-sized business (SME)
  • carry out your project in the UK
  • be able to start your project by April 1 2019
  • work in collaboration with at least one other grant claiming organisation
OPEN NOW

Open: 3 September 2018

Closes: 31 October 2018

Total Project Cost: £300k to £1 million

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Digital health technology catalyst round 3: feasibility studies

UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £1 million to speed up development of commercial digital health solutions.

Eligibility:

To lead a project, you must:

  • be a UK-based micro, small or medium-sized business (SME)
  • carry out your project in the UK
  • be able to start your project by 1 April 2019

Your organisation can work alone or collaborate with others.

OPEN NOW

Open: 3 September 2018

Closes: 31 October 2018

Total Project Cost: £50k - £75k

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Energy Catalyst round 6: transforming energy access

Organisations can apply for a share of up to £10 million to address the need for clean, affordable and secure energy in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

Eligibility:

To be eligible for funding you must be:

  • a business
  • a research technology organisation (RTO)
  • an academic organisation
  • a charity or
  • a public sector organisation

We will fund organisations from anywhere in the world.

To lead a project you must be a:

  • UK micro, small or medium sized enterprise (SME) or RTO for early stage projects only
  • UK business for mid or late stage projects
OPEN NOW

Opened: 20 August 2018

Closes: 21 November 2018

Total Project Cost: £50k - £3 million

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SBRI: Perth Smart Energy Network project

Organisations can apply for a share of £150,000, including VAT, to develop a smart, flexible energy system in the estate of Perth and Kinross council.

Eligibility:

To lead a project, you can:

  • be an organisation of any size
  • work alone or with others as subcontractors

You must be able to test your technology in the Perth and Kinross region in Scotland.

OPEN NOW

Opened: 20 August 2018

Closes: 17 October 2018

Total Project Cost: up to £30k

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Grants from H2020 SME Instrument Stimulating the innovation potential of SMEs for a low carbon and efficient energy system:

Projects will contribute to contribute to one or a combination of more than one of the challenges outlined in the legal base of the Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge ‘Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy. These seven challenges areas are; reducing energy consumption and carbon footprint; low-cost, low-carbon electricity supply; alternative fuels and mobile energy sources; a single, smart European electricity grid; knw knowledge and technologies; robust decision making and public engagement and market uptake and ICT innovation.

Phase One: €50k upfront at 70% match funding.

Recurring Competition: aprox. every two months


Phase Two €0.5m-€.25m at 70-100% match funding.

Recurring Competition aprox. every two months

Grants from H2020 SME Instrument Engaging SMEs in security research and development:

The actions under this topic should cover any aspect of the Specific Programme for “secure societies – protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens” (Horizon 2020 Framework programme and Specific programme).

Phase One: €50k upfront at 70% match funding.

Recurring Competition: aprox. every two months


Phase Two €0.5m-€.25m at 70-100% match funding.

Recurring Competition aprox. every two months

Energy Catalyst round 6: transforming energy access

Organisations can apply for a share of up to £10 million to address the need for clean, affordable and secure energy in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

Eligibility:

To be eligible for funding you must be:

  • a business
  • a research technology organisation (RTO)
  • an academic organisation
  • a charity or
  • a public sector organisation

We will fund organisations from anywhere in the world.

To lead a project you must be a:

  • UK micro, small or medium sized enterprise (SME) or RTO for early stage projects only
  • UK business for mid or late stage projects
OPEN NOW

Opened: 20 August 2018

Closes: 21 November 2018

Total Project Cost: £50k - £3 million

Click here for the official page

SBRI: Perth Smart Energy Network project

Organisations can apply for a share of £150,000, including VAT, to develop a smart, flexible energy system in the estate of Perth and Kinross council.

Eligibility:

To lead a project, you can:

  • be an organisation of any size
  • work alone or with others as subcontractors

You must be able to test your technology in the Perth and Kinross region in Scotland.

OPEN NOW

Opened: 20 August 2018

Closes: 17 October 2018

Total Project Cost: up to £30k

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Grants from H2020 SME Instrument Small business innovation research for Transport and Smart Cities Mobility.

SMEs are pivotal for delivering the innovations needed for greater sustainable and smarter mobility, better accessibility and logistics serving business and citizens, and thus higher economic growth, in a context where the majority of population lives in urban and urbanised areas.

Phase One: €50k upfront at 70% match funding.

Recurring Competition: aprox. every two months


Phase Two €0.5m-€.25m at 70-100% match funding.

Recurring Competition aprox. every two months

Grants from H2020 SME Instrument Supporting SMEs efforts for the development – deployment and market replication of innovative solutions for blue growth:

SMEs contribution to the development of the ‘Blue Growth Strategy’ can be significant in particular in the fields of marine biotechnology, fisheries, marine and freshwater aquaculture. This grants offers SMEs with an EU dimension to put forward their most innovative ideas in the previously mentioned maritime and aquaculture/fisheries sectors with a particular focus on close-to market solutions and potential for high growth and internationalisation.

Phase One: €50k upfront at 70% match funding.

Recurring Competition: aprox. every two months


Phase Two : €0.5m-€.25m at 70-100% match funding.

Recurring Competition aprox. every two months

Grants from H2020 SME Instrument New business models for inclusive, innovative and reflective societies: Phase and and two are available.

The specific challenge addressed by this topic is to enable SMEs in traditional and new sectors, collaborative economy and creative sectors, cultural heritage and the social economy as well as collaborative public service creation to innovate and grow across traditional boundaries, through new business models and organisational change.

Phase One: €50k upfront at 70% match funding.

Recurring Competition: aprox. every two months


Phase Two : €0.5m-€.25m at 70-100% match funding.

Recurring Competition aprox. every two months

UK-Sweden EUREKA proposals for aerospace research and development

UK organisations can apply for a share of up to £2.25 million to develop aerospace technology in partnership with Swedish companies through EUREKA Network Projects.

 

Eligibility:

 

To lead a project you must:

  • be a UK based business of any size
  • involve at least one Sweden based business
  • sign up to the ATI Framework Agreement
OPEN NOW

Opened: 23 July 2018

Closes: 2 November 2018

Total Project Cost: £200k to £2 million

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Grants from H2020 SME Instrument:Open Disruptive Innovation Initiative

A broad grant scheme focusing on companies proposing disruptive ICT concepts, products and services applying new sets of rules, values and models which ultimately create new markets (e.g. by tackling non consumption) or disrupt existing markets.

Phase One: €50k upfront at 70% match funding.

Recurring Competition: aprox. every two months


Phase Two : €0.5m-€.25m at 70-100% match funding

Recurring Competition aprox. every two months

Grants from SME Instrument H2020:Engaging SMEs in space research and development: Phase one and two are available.

To engage small and medium enterprises in space research and development, especially those not traditionally involved in it and reduce as much as possible the entry barriers to SMEs for Horizon 2020 funding. The actions under this topic could cover any aspect of the Specific Programme for Space (Horizon 2020 Framework programme and Specific programme). This includes; excellent science; industrial leadership and science with and for society amongst other challenges.

Phase One: €50k upfront at 70% match funding.

Recurring Competition: aprox. every two months


Phase Two €0.5m-€.25m at 70-100% match funding.

Recurring Competition aprox. every two months