Innovation Grants

How We Work

  • Open to all sectors

  • Space and Aerospace

  • AgriTech

  • Advanced, Manufacturing and Engineering

  • Biotechnology/BioMedical Sciences

  • ICT

  • Marine Economy

  • Social

  • Infrastructure, The Built Environment and Smart Cities

  • Energy and climate change

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.

Next deadline: 07 Sep 2016

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

Next deadline: 15 Jun 2016

Grants from Innovate UK: Open Competition

Accessible to all businesses undertaking innovation, irrespective of the technology or sector in which they are working. Its brief is to take a new idea or concept to market for small, young or innovative business.

Grant one: Open Competitions: Rounds one and two launch on the 6th June and December 2016 with budgets of <£14 per round

Grant two: Open - Growth and Scale competitions: Q3 <£2million

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.

Next deadline: 07 Sep 2016

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

Next deadline: 15 Jun 2016

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. Next deadline: 07 Sep 2016

Phase two: €0.5m-€.25m at 70-100% match funding. Next deadline: 15 Jun 2016

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.

Next deadline: 07 Sep 2016

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

Next deadline: 15 Jun 2016

Grants from Innovate UK Health and Life Sciences (HLS)

Focusing on agriculture and food and healthcare, underpinned by technologies developed in bioscience and medical research enabled by expertise in engineering and physical sciences.

Health and life sciences competitions: there will be one year early stage ‘find’ projects to enable companies to explore new opportunities and scalable solutions and two to three year ‘prove’ projects that will build on initial findings by creating demonstrators or prepare products for ‘first in man’ health care studies.

Round one: will be September 2016 with a £15million budget.

Round two: will be February 2017 with a £15million budget.

Grants from Innovate UK Manufacturing and Materials

“These grants will drive growth through sustainable increases in long-term productivity across all UK sectors by investing in high value manufacturing in areas such as digital manufacturing, additive manufacturing, composites, materials integration and industrial biotechnology.”

Grant one:Additive Manufacturing competition: focuses on projects that take a significant innovative step in the additive manufacturing process, hardware, software, digital connectivity of the production platform or in the materials used. Launch 9th May 2016 and the budget is <£4.5.

Grant two: Manufacturing Readiness competition: for later stage innovation that drives up production line readiness of recent technology developments. Launch 9th May <£2million budget

Grant three:Manufacturing and Materials competitions: six to thirty-six months innovation projects that apply digital technology in new ways, determine the feasibility of novel manufacturing and materials concepts and or sources of revenue from manufacturing or that address cross cutting manufacturing and materials demands. Round one launch will be 9th May 2016 and round two will be November 2017 with <£13 million and <£15million in budget, respectively.

Grant four:Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (c-cav) competition: ‘Summer’ £TBC.

Emerging and Enabling Technologies (EET)

Within this there are two sub theme challenges,. The first is Emerging Technologies and Industries which looks at ‘exploratory programmes’ and ‘accelerating programmes’. Exploratory programmes will help companies take to adopt new and disruptive technologies. The second sub theme is Enabling Technologies which will bring together technology and end users by enabling innovative and disruptive companies to develop and deploy impactful and crosscutting technologies, including finding routes to markets.

Grant 1:EET will launch on the 3rd of October 2016 and March 2017 with a combined budget of <£15million.

Grant 2: Quantum Technologies round for April 2016 with a budget of <£9million.

Grants from H2020 SME Instrument:Dedicated support to biotechnology SMEs closing the gap from lab to market

SMEs operating in the biotechnology field are characterised by the EC by their research intensity and long lead times between early technological development and market introduction. Crossing this ‘valley of death’ is seen as a highly risky, hence the development of this challenge area. SMEs working in the field of industrial biotechnology and ideas/concepts involving the use of systems and/or synthetic biology are particularly invited to apply for this call.

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

Next deadline: 07 Sep 2016

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

Next deadline: 15 Jun 2016

Supporting innovative SMEs in the healthcare biotechnology:

The challenge includes either:

a) Cell technologies including cell manufacturing, preservation, banking and transport. The medical applications of cell technologies include diagnostics and biosensors;. Or:

b) Clinical research for the validation of biomarkers and/or diagnostic medical devices. To achieve validation a robust analytical method is required and a link to a pertinent clinical process or endpoint needs to be demonstrated.

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

Next deadline: 07 Sep 2016

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

Next deadline: 15 Jun 2016

Accelerating market introduction of ICT solutions for Health, Well-Being and Ageing Well: Phase one and two are available.

The challenge is to help overcome the current gaps in exploitation of promising research results in ICT for health, well-being and ageing well and to stimulate increased availability and market uptake of relevant ICT products and services.

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

Next deadline: 07 Sep 2016

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

Next deadline: 15 Jun 2016

Grants from Innovate UK Health and Life Sciences

Focusing on agriculture and food and health care, underpinned by technologies developed in bioscience and medical research enabled by expertise in engineering and physical sciences.
Health and life sciences competitions: there will be one year early stage ‘find’ projects to enable companies to explore new opportunities and scalable solutions and two to three year ‘prove’ projects that will build on initial findings by creating demonstrators or prepare products for ‘first in man’ health care studies.

Round one :will launch on the 12th of September 2016 with a £15million budget.

Round two will be February 2017 with a £15million budget.

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.

Next deadline:07 Sep 2016

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

Next deadline:15 Jun 2016

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.

Next deadline:07 Sep 2016

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

Next deadline:15 Jun 2016

Grants from Innovate UK :Open Competition

Accessible to all businesses undertaking innovation, irrespective of the technology or sector in which they are working. It’s brief is to take a new idea or concept to market for small, young or innovative business.  

Format TBC;

Grant one: Open Competitions: Rounds one and two are in June and December 2016 with budgets of <£14 per round

Grant two: Open - Growth and Scale competitions: Q3 <£2million

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.

Next deadline:07 Sep 2016

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

Next deadline:15 Jun 2016

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.

Next deadline:07 Sep 2016

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

Next deadline:15 Jun 2016

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.

Next deadline:07 Sep 2016

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

Next deadline:15 Jun 2016

Grants from Innovate UK Infrastructure Systems

“Infrastructure systems underpin almost every aspect of modern society, from energy and transport to health and the digital economy. This includes affordable and smart energy and transport as well as integration suitable for the cities of tomorrow”.

Grant one : Infrastructure Systems Competitions: that look for solutions to; affordable, sustainable and secure energy delivery; intelligent mobility; systemic challenges in urban areas and resilience of infrastructure and cities to environmental and societal pressures. Launch on the 4th of July 2016 and January 2017 with <£15million for each round.

Grant two: ERA-Net Competitions, including Sustainable Urbanisation and Solar Systems. Q3 each year with <£1 million budget

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.

Next deadline:07 Sep 2016

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

Next deadline:15 Jun 2016

Boosting the potential of small businesses in the areas of climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials.

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.

Next deadline:07 Sep 2016

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

Next deadline:15 Jun 2016

Boosting the potential of small businesses in the areas of climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials.

This topic is targeted at all types of eco-innovative SMEs in all areas addressing the climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials challenge. This includes climate action; cultural heritage; earth observations; nature based challenges and systemic eco-innovations.

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

Next deadline:07 Sep 2016

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

Next deadline:15 Jun 2016

Grants from Innovate UK

Infrastructure systems underpin almost every aspect of modern society, from energy and transport to health and the digital economy. As such Innovate UK is looking to invest in a variety of key areas, namely ‘energy’, ‘energy systems’ and ‘energy supply’.

Grant 1:Infrastructure Systems Competitions that look for solutions to; affordable, sustainable and secure energy delivery; intelligent mobility; systemic challenges in urban areas and resilience of infrastructure and cities to environmental and societal pressures. July 2016 and January 2017 with <£15million for each round.

Grant 2: ERA-Net Competitions, including Sustainable Urbanisation and Solar Systems. Q3 <£1 million

MEET OUR WRITERS

Leon

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Leon
“Has an MSci, a PhD in Organic Electronics, previously was an R&D engineer and is passionate about optoelectronics technologies”

Leon has an MSci degree in Physics and, following graduating, worked as an R&D engineer for Celestion prototyping loudspeakers. He left to pursue a PhD in Organic Electronics and then spent 6 years with the Institute of Microwaves and Photonics at the University of Leeds working on various semiconductor optoelectronics technologies, including quantum cascade lasers and integrated silicon photonics devices. He has contributed to drafting more than two hundred peer-reviewed papers in international journals.

Ben

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Ben
“Has a BSc, PhD and MSc which he puts to good use in exploring and writing about optics, 3D printing and graphene/new materials”

Ben has a BSc and PhD in Mathematics, as well as an MSc in Science Communication. With a solid 5 years in the science communication industry under his belt, he can craft understandable, absorbing and persuasive narratives for any audience, no matter how complex the subject matter. His main interest is optics and photonics and he also has a strong interest in 3D printing, and graphene/new materials.

Mark

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Mark
“Has written over 100 grant applications and tenders, raising over £25million in funding initiatives”

In his 10 years’ of fundraising & business development experience, Mark has directly raised over £25million in funding from UK and EU funding initiatives (grants, R&D tax credits, awards, Innovate UK) and commercial tenders (bids, PQQ, ITT, RFP). He has completed over 100 grant application and tenders; including securing 6 multi-million proposals.

James

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James
“Has a PhD, several academic papers, two international patents under his belt and enjoys exploring hardware solutions and sensors”

James is an experienced scientist and entrepreneur. He has a proven track-record of innovation throughout his academic career including two international patents and several high-impact academic papers. James received his PhD in Material Science for his studies on novel methods for the fabrication of nano-composite materials. He has a wealth of experience writing for both Innovate UK funding, as well as the major UK science councils. He has a specific interest in hardware solutions, namely deploying sensors in an innovative manner and how they are integrated with software.

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