Innovation Grants

What is Available

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

  • 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

  • Transport, Autonomous Vehicles and Associated Technologies

  • Novel Emerging and Enabling Technologies

No grants open at the moment for this section.

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

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: 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

Innovation in health and life sciences round 3

UK businesses can apply for up to £15 million for projects that support small and medium sized enterprises to develop innovations in health and life sciences.

Eligibility: To be eligible for funding you must:

  • be a UK based business of any size or research and technology organisation (RTO)
  • carry out your project work and intend to exploit the results in the UK

To lead a project you must:

  • be a small or medium sized enterprise (SME) if you wish to work alone on a project of 12 months or less and with costs up to £100,000
  • work in collaboration, including at least one SME, if your project has costs over £100,000 and/or is longer than 12 months

Non-academic RTOs may lead a project providing:

  • they are able to state clearly why the RTO, and not one of the business participants, should lead the project
  • they collaborate in the project with at least 2 or more businesses (including one SME)
  • their involvement is no greater than 30% of the total eligible project costs
  • the project shows a compelling route to market, most likely through the non-lead partners

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Opened: 2 October 2017

Closes: 6 December 2017

Total Project Costs: £50k to £2million

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November 2017 sector competition:strand 1 Manufacturing and Materials

UK businesses can apply for a share of £19 million for innovation projects in manufacturing and materials or infrastructure systems. A further £16 million is available for KTPs.

Eligibility: To lead a project you must:

  • be a UK based business of any size or a research and technology organisation (RTO)
  • involve at least one micro, small or medium-sized enterprise (SME)

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Opened: 28 November 2017

Closes: 31 January 2018

Total Project Costs: £50k - £2million

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Innovation in health and life sciences round 3

UK businesses can apply for up to £15 million for projects that support small and medium sized enterprises to develop innovations in health and life sciences.

Eligibility: To be eligible for funding you must:

  • be a UK based business of any size or research and technology organisation (RTO)
  • carry out your project work and intend to exploit the results in the UK

To lead a project you must:

  • be a small or medium sized enterprise (SME) if you wish to work alone on a project of 12 months or less and with costs up to £100,000
  • work in collaboration, including at least one SME, if your project has costs over £100,000 and/or is longer than 12 months

Non-academic RTOs may lead a project providing:

  • they are able to state clearly why the RTO, and not one of the business participants, should lead the project
  • they collaborate in the project with at least 2 or more businesses (including one SME)
  • their involvement is no greater than 30% of the total eligible project costs
  • the project shows a compelling route to market, most likely through the non-lead partners

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Opened: 2 October 2017

Closes: 6 December 2017

Total Project Costs: £50k to £2million

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Biomedical Catalyst 2017 round 4: primer award

Small or medium-sized UK companies can apply for a share of up to £4 million to work alone or with others on solving healthcare challenges in a model system.

Eligibility: To lead a project you must:

  • be a UK-registered micro, small or medium-sized business (SME)
  • work alone or in partnership with others (SMEs, academics or research organisations)
  • carry out your project in the UK

OPEN NOW

Opened: 27 November 2017

Closes: 7 February 2018

Total Project Costs: £200k to £1.5million

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Biomedical Catalyst round 4: late stage award

Small or medium-sized UK companies can apply for a share of up to £8 million to work on solving healthcare challenges in a clinical setting or a relevant late stage environment.

Eligibility: To lead a project you must:

  • be a UK-registered micro, small or medium-sized business (SME)
  • work alone or in partnership with others (SMEs, academics or research organisations)
  • carry out your project in the UK

OPEN NOW

Opened: 27 November 2017

Closes: 7 February 2018

Total Project Costs: £400k to £2million

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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

5G Testbeds and Trials Programme: Phase 1

This DCMS competition encourages the development of a UK ‘5G ecosystem’ with technology and deployment, testbeds and trials to stimulate the development of 5G use cases and business models.

Eligibility: To be eligible for funding you must:

  • be a UK registered organisation
  • carry out your project in the UK
  • work in collaboration with others

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Opened: 23 October 2017

Closes: 13 December 2017

Total Project Costs: £2 - 5 million

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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

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

IDP14: accelerating the transition to zero emission vehicles (research and development)

UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £18 million to research vehicle technology that accelerates the transition to zero emission vehicles.

Eligibility: To lead a project you must:

  • be a UK based business of any size
  • involve at least 1 partner

OPEN NOW

Opened: 21 September 2017

Closes: 13 December 2017

Total Project Costs: £250k - £4million

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IDP14: accelerating the transition to zero emission vehicles (feasibility studies)

UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £2 million to research vehicle technology that accelerates the transition to zero emission vehicles.

Eligibility: To lead a project you must:

  • be a UK based business of any size
  • involve at least 1 partner

OPEN NOW

Opened: 21 September 2017

Closes: 13 December 2017

Total Project Costs: up to £250k

Click here for the official page

5G Testbeds and Trials Programme: Phase 1

This DCMS competition encourages the development of a UK ‘5G ecosystem’ with technology and deployment, testbeds and trials to stimulate the development of 5G use cases and business models.

Eligibility: To be eligible for funding you must:

  • be a UK registered organisation
  • carry out your project in the UK
  • work in collaboration with others

OPEN NOW

Opened: 23 October 2017

Closes: 13 December 2017

Total Project Costs: £2 - 5 million

Click here for the official page

November 2017 sector competition: strand 2 Infrastructure Systems

UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £19 million for innovation projects in manufacturing and materials or infrastructure systems. A further £16 million is available for KTPs

Eligibility: To lead a project you must:

  • be a UK based business of any size or a research and technology organisation (RTO)
  • involve at least one micro, small or medium-sized enterprise (SME)

OPEN NOW

Opened: 28 November 2017

Closes: 31 January 2018

Total Project Costs: £25k - £3million

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Innovation loans: infrastructure systems

For first of a kind deployment, businesses can apply for loans to commercialise innovative technologies in infrastructure systems.

Eligibility: TTo receive a loan for your project you must be:

  • a UK based small or medium enterprise (SME)
  • able to show that your business can afford the interest and repayments on the loan
  • able to show that you cannot obtain finance from other sources

OPEN NOW

Opened: 8 November 2017

Closes: 17 January 2018

Total Project Costs: £100k - £1million

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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

IDP14: accelerating the transition to zero emission vehicles (research and development)

UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £18 million to research vehicle technology that accelerates the transition to zero emission vehicles.

Eligibility: To lead a project you must:

  • be a UK based business of any size
  • involve at least 1 partner

OPEN NOW

Opened: 21 September 2017

Closes: 13 December 2017

Total Project Costs: £250k - £4million

Click here for the official page

IDP14: accelerating the transition to zero emission vehicles (feasibility studies)

UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £2 million to research vehicle technology that accelerates the transition to zero emission vehicles.

Eligibility: To lead a project you must:

  • be a UK based business of any size
  • involve at least 1 partner

OPEN NOW

Opened: 21 September 2017

Closes: 13 December 2017

Total Project Costs: up to £250k

Click here for the official page

IDP14: accelerating the transition to zero emission vehicles (research and development)

UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £18 million to research vehicle technology that accelerates the transition to zero emission vehicles.

Eligibility: To lead a project you must:

  • be a UK based business of any size
  • involve at least 1 partner

OPEN NOW

Opened: 21 September 2017

Closes: 13 December 2017

Total Project Costs: £250k - £4million

Click here for the official page

IDP14: accelerating the transition to zero emission vehicles (feasibility studies)

UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £2 million to research vehicle technology that accelerates the transition to zero emission vehicles.

Eligibility: To lead a project you must:

  • be a UK based business of any size
  • involve at least 1 partner

OPEN NOW

Opened: 21 September 2017

Closes: 13 December 2017

Total Project Costs: up to £250k

Click here for the official page

5G Testbeds and Trials Programme: Phase 1

This DCMS competition encourages the development of a UK ‘5G ecosystem’ with technology and deployment, testbeds and trials to stimulate the development of 5G use cases and business models.

Eligibility: To be eligible for funding you must:

  • be a UK registered organisation
  • carry out your project in the UK
  • work in collaboration with others

OPEN NOW

Opened: 23 October 2017

Closes: 13 December 2017

Total Project Costs: £2 - 5 million

Click here for the official page

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

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