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Technology Developer Accelerator Programme (TDAP) Wave 8

Description

This 18 month programme helps companies develop a robust strategy and business model to identify commercial pathways to market and accelerate progress through a combination of grant funding, business mentoring and industry networking opportunities.

You can expect:

  • Business strategy guidance and technology development, delivered over two phases – ‘Market Focus and Technology Validation’
  • Six focus areas supported and delivered by a series of flexible workstream activities and workshops including:
    • Commercialisation strategy and financial planning
    • Intellectual property management
    • Investor readiness
    • New product development
    • Leadership and new venture growth
    • Dissemination, networking and marketing
  • Business and investor mentoring from independent, industry experts
  • Automotive industry networking
    Peer-to-peer support via a community of like-minded, ambitious businesses
  • Up to £170,000 grant funding split across the two phases. (Any award is subject to Ministerial and His Majesty’s Treasury approval.)

Eligible technologies

  • Innovative automotive technology, products and services, that accelerate the transition to net-zero automotive
  • Projects that align with one or more of the following strategic UK automotive technologies (see below); or if outside of these you should be able to demonstrate a strong market potential

Technology areas can include:

  • Batteries, their components, management and integration systems
  • Energy storage and energy management
    Thermal propulsion systems
  • Fuel cell and associated balance of plant (BoP)
  • Electric machines and power electronics
  • Hydrogen storage and management systems
  • Lightweight vehicle and powertrain structures
  • Manufacturing processes associated with industrialising relevant net-zero technologies
  • Direct recycling methods resulting in the recovery of critical materials
  • Significant reduction in vehicle development timescales
  • Digitalisation leveraged during the design, development, testing, production or in-service phases
  • Connected and Automated Mobility (CAM) where it supports the transition to net-zero
  • On or off-vehicle technology:
    • Software or hardware technologies
    • Full vehicles (including e-bikes, e-mopeds, etc.), however the technology deployed within the vehicle must be innovative and
    • the application would need to show how the vehicle supports or accelerates the move to zero-emission transport

SOURCE APC SECTOR Broad range of cleantech with automotive focus (see description)
VALUE Up to £170,000 in grant funding FUNDING TYPE Accelerator with grant funding
OPEN DATE 01/01/2024
CLOSE DATE 27/02/2024
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Innovate UK Investor Partnership: SME Round 6

Description

Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, has selected a pool of investor partners.

These investor partners have demonstrated that they have the credibility, capability, capacity and appetite to invest in innovative, technology-led businesses that align with our programmes.

These programmes will focus on the future economy as described in our plan for action.

The future economy investor partnership programme brings together:

  • Innovate UK’s expertise in identifying innovation and using grant funding to change the risk profile of businesses
  • investor partners’ aligned funding and expertise in identifying opportunities and teams that can best use extra investment finance

This approach aims to provide you with support for research and development and access to the capital investment you need to develop and commercialise your innovations.

Innovate UK provides support for your investment readiness and for engaging with suitable investors via Innovate UK EDGE and Innovate UK KTN. In the first instance you should contact Innovate UK EDGE for support in understanding your readiness for investment and also to look at your wider strategy for growth.

You should also contact Innovate UK KTN to establish if there are specific programmes for connecting businesses in your sector to relevant investors. Support and connections to sector specific investors may also be provided by the relevant Catapults.

You will need to establish a relationship and a level of investment traction with one of our approved investor partners before you apply for funding. A full list of selected investor partners is provided at Innovate UK Investor Partners – UKRI and Innovate UK KTN investor partnerships websites.

The investor partner must have confirmed with you that you are in a position to apply for grant funding as you will be asked to identify them in the application.

SOURCE Innovate UK SECTOR Any
VALUE Your project’s total costs will depend on your research category and must be between £50,000 and £300,000 for feasibility studies, £100,000 and £1 million for industrial research, £250,000 and £2 million for experimental development. FUNDING TYPE Investor Partnerships
OPEN DATE 09/01/2024
CLOSE DATE 27/02/2024
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Ecological effects of floating offshore wind

Description

Apply for funding to enhance understanding of how marine ecosystems will respond to the planned large-scale expansion of floating offshore wind infrastructure in UK waters in the next decade.

You must be:

  • based at a UK research organisation eligible for Natural Environment. Research Council (NERC) funding
  • in a role that meets the individual eligibility requirements

The full economic cost (FEC) of your project can be up to £3.75 million. We will fund 80% of the FEC.

Projects will be funded for 48 months.

SOURCE The Crown Estate SECTOR Nature, Offshore Wind
VALUE The full economic cost (FEC) of your project can be up to £3.75 million. We will fund 80% of the FEC. FUNDING TYPE Grant
OPEN DATE 22/01/2024
CLOSE DATE 29/02/2024
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SBRI: Decarbonising concrete

Description

The purpose of this competition is to:

  • demonstrate market demand
  • commercially de-risk innovations
  • encourage investment
  • accelerate adoption

Your project will be supported by Demand Led activities throughout.

The Concrete Commitment Cohort (CCC) was established for the purpose of this competition. The members of CCC helped in the scope development and will stay informed about progress of funded projects.

This competition is also formed within a broader programme of work led by Carbon Limiting Technologies that aims to develop Advance Market Commitments (AMC) for solutions that decarbonise concrete. Your project may be invited to participate in activities developing an AMC.

This is a single-phase competition.

In applying to this competition, you are entering into a competitive process.

Any adoption and implementation of a solution from this competition would be subject to a separate, possibly competitive, procurement exercise. This competition does not cover the purchase of any solution.

SOURCE Innovate UK SECTOR Concrete
VALUE Projects can range in size up to total costs of £500,000, inclusive of VAT. FUNDING TYPE Procurement
OPEN DATE 01/08/2024
CLOSE DATE 04/03/2024
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Environmental Monitoring Innovation

Description

The aim of this competition is to fund collaborative projects that develop environmental monitoring solutions to enable improved monitoring of environmental variables.

We are looking for projects that will:

  • support the development of new sensing systems and monitoring capabilities that will either improve existing approaches or introduce new ones
  • support the testing of these products, including ‘ground-truthing’ with existing monitoring regimes, verifying their accuracy and reliability, and potential for deployment at scale
  • help the UK environmental monitoring sector in anticipating and responding to growing markets for environmental sensing, delivering economic growth to the UK
  • deliver new and strengthened partnerships between academia, public and private sectors, and across disciplines, stimulating innovative approaches

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

  • biodiversity and natural capital
  • soil health (including measuring soil carbon)
  • water quality
  • greenhouse gas (GHG) and ammonia emissions from Defra sectors

SOURCE Defra SECTOR Monitoring
VALUE Your project’s total costs must be between £150,000 and £450,000 FUNDING TYPE Grant
OPEN DATE 22/01/2024
CLOSE DATE 06/03/2024
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UKBIC SME credit round 2 – 'processing for electrode and cells' and 'digital or software'

Description

“Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, will work with Faraday Battery Challenge to invest up to £1.5 million in innovation scale-up projects.

The aim of this competition is to:

  • support a micro, small or medium-sized enterprise’s (SME) research and development for the scale-up of battery technologies within the UK
  • support an SME to access the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre (UKBIC) and demonstrate technologies at suitable scales to customers
  • increase engagement with UKBIC
  • move UK battery innovations from technological potential towards commercial capability
  • develop and secure material and manufacturing supply chains for battery technologies in the UK

SMEs will be able to access UKBIC’s giga-scale facilities for:

  • complete cell development project iterations, for example, electrode through cells, includes mixing and coating, calendering and slitting, up to cell assembly, formation and ageing
  • prove electrodes at scale for example, electrode only, includes mixing and coating, calendering and slitting
  • developing cell to module and pack assembly processes and associated testing
  • testing process measurement and control systems on the UKBIC cell manufacturing process line, while considering integration for closed loop control of processes
  • using novel software analytical methods for manufacturing and cell formation data

SOURCE Faraday Battery Challenge SECTOR Batteries
VALUE Your project’s total costs must be between £100,000 and £1 million. FUNDING TYPE Grant
OPEN DATE 08/01/2024
CLOSE DATE 06/03/2024
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Futurescope High Growth AI Accelerator for Transport sector

Description

The Futurescope High Growth AI Accelerator, part of the Innovate UK BridgeAI programme, is a 14-week accelerator programme for UK-based startups, scaleups and SMEs to help them validate and develop responsible, ethical and desirable AI and ML deep-tech solutions.

With a specific focus on the UK’s transport sector, the programme focuses on enhancing the monitoring, automation, and optimisation of existing systems and infrastructures in the UK to align with the country’s ambitious journey toward achieving net-zero emissions. This initiative seeks to not only improve current networks’ efficiency but also contribute to reducing carbon footprints and promoting sustainable practices.

Digital Catapult invites applicants from UK-registered startups, scaleups and SMEs that:

  • Have existing or new AI-enabled services or AI-integrated infrastructure solutions that can demonstrate to solve one of the challenges of the call.
  • Have strong technical teams.
  • Have available data and an immediate need for computation.
  • Operate in monitoring, intelligent surveillance, and predictive maintenance.

Applicants are encouraged to choose a challenge aligned with their expertise, as each presents a distinct opportunity to make a meaningful impact on the landscape of AI and ML solutions in the transport sector.

  • Real-Time Monitoring Challenge, in collaboration with Transport for London.
  • Scheduling Automation and Optimisation Challenge, in collaboration with RailX.
  • Container Placement Optimisation Challenge, in collaboration with Port of Tyne.

Selected businesses will benefit from collaborating closely with industry players in the sector, access to cloud credits, technical and business expertise from our valued partners, strategic and technical guidance, holistic diagnostics, tailored support, to accelerate their product readiness.

To find out more about this opportunity, you can register for the briefing webinar on Tuesday 20 February 2024.

If you would like more information about the challenges, please visit the Digital Catapult briefing page.

SOURCE Innovate UK SECTOR Automotive
VALUE Depends on project FUNDING TYPE Accelerator
OPEN DATE 14/02/2024
CLOSE DATE 13/03/2024
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Collaborative R&D Competition

Description

Project criteria
In this competition, Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, will work with the Advanced Propulsion Centre UK (APC) to invest up to £25 million in innovation projects.

Your project must: 

  • Contribute to the UK’s strategic aims and direction of travel towards a zero-emission transport vision, such as the Automotive Council’s Roadmaps
  • Support the UK’s vision and underpin core capabilities by securing long-term R&D investment
  • Create or safeguard high-value jobs when undertaking the project, and as a result of any post-project R&D and manufacturing activities
  • Achieve, through the associated supply chain, the design, build, test, and manufacture of zero-emission vehicles
  • Support the UK’s transition to zero-emission vehicles and a pathway to a net-zero automotive industry

Your project must fulfil these criteria to ensure the UK meets the future demand of vehicle makers and users. The outcomes will strengthen the UK’s global impact and anchor added value across the whole supply chain.

Individual projects can claim a grant between £2.5 million and £20 million (any award is subject to Ministerial and His Majesty’s Treasury approval). You must be working with a consortium of UK-registered organisations, including at least one SME with a clear route to market at the end of the project for your product.

Your project must advance technologies in one or more of the following areas:

  • Energy storage, batteries, their components, management and integration systems
  • Fuel cell and associated balance of plant
  • Electric machines
  • Power electronics
  • Fossil-fuel-free (at the point of use) internal combustion (in the case of on-road solutions, we will support project proposals which aim to achieve zero harmful tailpipe emissions)
  • Hydrogen storage and management systems
  • Design for circular economy, including the disassembly, recovery, and reuse of materials used in the project technologies
  • Digitalisation for vehicle development and design

In this funding round, a new increased focus on digitalisation is included in the competition scope. We are at the start of an industry-wide digital transformation journey, and our goal is to position the UK as a recognised global leader in this arena.

Find out if your digital project or content is eligible for funding.

SOURCE APC SECTOR Automotive, propulsion, mobility, energy storage
VALUE Up to £25 million total funding available FUNDING TYPE Grant
OPEN DATE 15/01/2024
CLOSE DATE 13/03/2024
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Pre-announcement: UKRI systems approaches to advance the UK’s transition to Net Zero

Description

Through this funding opportunity UKRI aims to drive the realisation of a just, prosperous, sustainable and resilient Net Zero transition, removing barriers to delivery and supporting the reduction and mitigation of unintended consequences.

The objectives of the funding opportunity are to:

  • support up to two flagship five-year transdisciplinary research programmes in systems approaches to advance the UK’s transition to Net Zero which have stakeholder engagement and co-creation at their core
  • advance the UK’s transition to Net Zero through the increased use of systems approaches

SOURCE UKRI SECTOR Any
VALUE The full economic cost (FEC) of your project can be up to £5.78 million. UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) will fund 80% of the FEC (£4.62 million). The funding duration is for up to 60 months. FUNDING TYPE Grant
OPEN DATE 25/01/2024
CLOSE DATE 26/03/2024
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Clean Energy Transition Partnership programme (CETP)

Description

The CETP programme is a transformative Research, Technological Development and Innovation (RTDI) program, designed to accelerate clean energy transition through annual funding calls.

It’s an international collaboration involving 30 countries and over 50 funding agencies, supported through the Horizon Europe R&I programme.

We’re supporting research and innovation in all the CETP modules:

  • Innovative solutions for system flexibility: renewables production, storage and system integration
  • Direct current technologies for networks
  • Advanced renewable energy technologies for power production
  • Carbon capture, utilisation, and storage
  • Hydrogen and renewable fuels
  • Heating and cooling technologies
  • Geothermal energy technologies
  • Integrated regional energy systems
  • Integrated industrial energy systems
  • Clean energy integration in the built environment

We’ll consider applications under all modules. However, as part of our eligibility process, projects will be expected to demonstrate relevance to the Scottish Government’s energy strategies and should contribute to economic development in Scotland.

SOURCE RTDI SECTOR Energy
VALUE There’s up to £5 million available for supporting projects, assigned on a competitive basis. FUNDING TYPE Grant
OPEN DATE 22/11/2023
CLOSE DATE 27/03/2024
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CO2 Utilisation Challenge

Description

Are you developing technologies for the conversion of CO2 into a higher value product in Scotland? Or do you have an industrial site with CO2 emissions that you want to convert to create value?

If so, the CO2 Utilisation Challenge Fund could help support your move towards commercialisation.

Your project should be focused on the development of technology to use CO2 as a feedstock for conversion to a more valuable product. The fund is intended to support projects that will target pilot-scale or pre-commercial deployment of CO2 utilisation technology in an industrial setting within three years.

This fund is run by Scottish Enterprise on behalf of Scottish Government. It’s being provided as part of the Scottish Government’s Programme for Government 2020/2021 commitments.

We want to ensure Scotland stays ahead of the new industrial opportunities that carbon capture, utilisation and storage deployment offers.

Promising early work shows that CO2 utilisation has real potential to help develop a circular economy. Research also suggests that it could provide opportunities for our workforces and economic benefits for a range of different sectors.

That’s why we’re supporting these emerging technologies through our £5 million CO2 Utilisation Challenge Fund, run in partnership with the Scottish Government.

SOURCE Scottish Enterprise SECTOR CO2 Utilisation
VALUE The challenge grants are contributory. They cover up to 50% of incurred eligible costs, after the successful applicant submits evidence of expenditure. Grants are expected to be in the range of £150,000 to £500,000. However, larger grants may be available for exceptional projects. FUNDING TYPE Grant
OPEN DATE 11/04/2022
CLOSE DATE 31/03/2024
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Canada-UK Critical Minerals: Sustainability and Circularity

Description

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, will work with the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP) to invest in innovation projects.

Up to £3.5 million from Innovate UK and up to CA$3 million from the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP), an equivalent of approximately £5.4 million in total, has been allocated to fund innovation projects in this competition.

The aim of this competition is to support collaborative research and development (CR&D) through Canadian and UK partnerships, to assist the development and commercialisation of circular solutions for critical minerals.

Your proposal must demonstrate co-development, have a high innovation potential and address a technological challenge. It must include a plan for future exploitation leading to full commercialisation, and it must ensure all necessary environmental, social and governance (ESG) and regulatory challenges are addressed.

SOURCE National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program SECTOR Critical Minerals
VALUE The total grant funding request for all UK partners can be up to £400,000 for each application. NRC IRAP will provide a contribution of up to CA$500,000 to each eligible Canadian SME participating in the project. FUNDING TYPE Grant
OPEN DATE 20/11/2023
CLOSE DATE 03/04/2024
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Unlocking nature positive private investment

Description

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), will invest up to £2 million in supporting innovation projects. These innovation projects will develop solutions that enable private investors to invest in nature positive projects.This funding is from Innovate UK and is part of a £7 million Integrating Finance and Biodiversity for a Nature Positive Future (IFB) programme led by Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).

The aim of this competition is to mobilise significant private investment to scale nature positive solutions. The competition will enable the development, acceleration and commercialisation of innovative solutions. These solutions must enable private investors to confidently invest in nature positive projects.

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

  • data, tools, models and metrics, including decision making tools
  • environmental monitoring and verification of investments, over time, cost effectively
  • insurance or insurability of projects
  • solutions that help aggregate projects to attract finance

Your project must address and overcome, previously identified barriers to private investment in nature, including but not limited to:

  • limited sources of revenue from nature to fund investment
  • high-transaction costs and significant disincentives for investment in nature based projects
  • insufficient certainty to price long term risk, due to a lack of standards and accreditation
  • limited project pipeline and scale and an under-developed supply chain

In applying to this competition, you are entering into a competitive process. This competition has a funding limit, so we may not be able to fund all the proposed projects. It may be the case that your project scores highly but we are still unable to fund it.

This competition closes at 11am UK time on the deadline stated in this Innovate UK competition brief. We cannot guarantee other government or third party sites will always show the correct competition information.

SOURCE Innovate UK SECTOR Nature, Biodiversity
VALUE Your project’s total grant funding request must be between £250,000 and £500,000. FUNDING TYPE Grant
OPEN DATE 12/02/12024
CLOSE DATE 10/04/2024
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Industrial Energy Transformation Fund (IETF) Phase 3: Spring 2024

Description

IETF Phase 3: Spring 2024 will allocate grant funding for the following project types:

  • studies – feasibility and engineering studies to enable companies to investigate identified energy efficiency and decarbonisation projects prior to making an investment decision
  • energy efficiency – deployment of technologies to reduce industrial energy consumption
  • decarbonisation – deployment of technologies to achieve industrial emissions savings

The IETF Phase 3 budget is £185 million overall. This will be allocated across 2 competition windows in 2024. We will allocate funding to the highest quality applications that are submitted in the first window, with any remaining budget allocated in the second window.

Please note that IETF funding is only applicable to England, Northern Ireland and Wales. Organisations in Scotland should contact SIETF@gov.scot for more information.

SOURCE Innovate UK SECTOR Industrial decarbonisation
VALUE Feasibility studies: £30k-£7m per project. Engineering studies: £50k-£14m per project. Energy efficiency: £75k-£14m per project. Decarbonisation: £75k-£30m per project. This can cover up to 70% of costs depending on project size and business type (with some SME projects possibly receiving more depending on location). FUNDING TYPE Grant
OPEN DATE 29/01/2024
CLOSE DATE 19/04/2024
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CLIMATES: Supply chain innovations for rare earths

Description

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £4 million in innovation projects as part of the CLIMATES programme. Your project must be focused on circular critical materials supply chains.

The aim of this competition is to stimulate growth in a circular critical materials supply chain for rare earth elements (REEs), or alternative materials. Your collaborative innovation project will address opportunities across the whole value chain and help increase supply chain resilience.

This competition is split into 2 strands:

CLIMATES: Supply chain innovations for rare earths, strand 1 is for early-stage feasibility studies. These projects will facilitate the adoption of new innovations in processes, technologies or services by industry, to grow a more resilient UK supply chain for REEs.

CLIMATES: Supply chain innovations for rare earths, strand 2 (this strand) is for mid and late-stage research and development (R&D) projects. These projects will accelerate the industrialisation and commercialisation of innovative processes, technologies and services, to grow a more resilient UK supply chain for REEs.

SOURCE UKRI SECTOR Critical Minerals
VALUE Your project’s total grant funding request must be up to £700,000. FUNDING TYPE Grant
OPEN DATE 15/01/2024
CLOSE DATE 24/04/2024
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Innovate UK Smart grants: January 2024

Description

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, is investing up to £25 million in the best game-changing and world-leading ideas, designed for swift, successful commercialisation.

The Innovate UK Smart grant has focused scope and eligibility criteria to support SMEs and their partners in developing genuinely new innovations with significant potential for rapid economic return to the UK. The application process reflects the importance of obtaining economic benefits from public funding, and the potential for successful commercialisation, growth, and exports.

Proposals must be business focused, and show deliverable, realistic, adequately resourced plans to achieve return on investment, growth and market share following project completion.

Applications can come from any area of technology and be applied to any part of the economy.

SOURCE UKRI SECTOR Various
VALUE Projects of 6 to 18 months must have total eligible project costs between £100,000 and £500,000 and can be single or collaborative. Projects of 19 to 24 months must have total eligible project costs between £100,000 and £1 million and be collaborative. FUNDING TYPE Grant
OPEN DATE 18/01/2024
CLOSE DATE 24/04/2024
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Pre-announcement: Accelerating research outcomes to deliver a prosperous net zero

Description

This opportunity aims to accelerate our progress towards the realisation of a just, prosperous, sustainable, and resilient net zero transition by accelerating the exploitation of outputs and outcomes of prior EPSRC-funded research to directly benefit society. We are looking to provide follow-on funding to projects that are ready to move beyond fundamental research but are not yet ready to be taken up as a solution by users. This funding will ‘bridge the gap’, ensuring that the benefits from EPSRC research can be truly realised to drive forward the transition to net zero.

What we will fund
This opportunity will award follow-on funding for activities to take a project from the fundamental research stage onto the next level, where it could then be picked up by users. These activities could include, but are not limited to:

  • knowledge exchange
  • commercialisation or proof-of-concept
  • public engagement
  • active dissemination

The follow-on funding can also be used to enable engagement between researchers and a variety of user communities, including business, third sector, public policy, voluntary and community groups, and the public, to deliver greater benefits from the prior research. The follow-on funding should build on any existing impact activities, taking them in a new direction or engaging new audiences, rather than extending previous or current activities.

The activities must deliver benefits aligned with supporting the transition to net zero.

What we will not fund
Applications to this scheme should have a primary focus on the translation of research or knowledge, or both, to the next stage. The following would be ineligible:

  • projects focused solely on delivering training
  • new research or extending an existing research grant
  • applied or contract research conducted on behalf of commercial organisations
  • applications outside of our remit
    supporting the direct costs associated with applying for intellectual property (IP) protections, for example patent filing
    projects not built on prior EPSRC research
  • projects at a stage where they could already be funded by commercial partners or Innovate UK

SOURCE EPSRC SECTOR Any
VALUE Award range of £100,000 - £800,000 FUNDING TYPE Grant
OPEN DATE 21/03/2024
CLOSE DATE 16/05/2024
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UK - Germany Bilateral: Collaborative R&D Round 3

Description

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, will work with The Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Klimaschutz (BMWK), (The Federal Ministry For Economic Affairs And Climate Action), to invest up to £4 million in innovation projects.

The aim of this competition is to enhance UK and German collaborations and capabilities in the emerging fields of technology in our society. This is to develop and deliver new innovations and applications of the technologies across a broad range of sectors.

We want to fund a variety of projects across a range of sectors and technology areas. We particularly encourage applications from the following emerging technology areas:

  • Quantum
  • AI
  • Semiconductor Applications
  • Engineering Biology
  • Future Telecommunications
  • Green Technologies (including hydrogen and battery technologies)

This list is not exhaustive.

SOURCE UKRI SECTOR Various
VALUE Your project’s maximum grant funding request must not exceed £500,000. FUNDING TYPE Grant
OPEN DATE 07/02/2024
CLOSE DATE 03/06/2024
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Unlocking nature positive private investment

Description

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), will invest up to £2 million in supporting innovation projects. These innovation projects will develop solutions that enable private investors to invest in nature positive projects.

This funding is from Innovate UK and is part of a £7 million Integrating Finance and Biodiversity for a Nature Positive Future (IFB) programme led by Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).

The aim of this competition is to mobilise significant private investment to scale nature positive solutions. The competition will enable the development, acceleration and commercialisation of innovative solutions. These solutions must enable private investors to confidently invest in nature positive projects.

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

  • data, tools, models and metrics, including decision making tools
  • environmental monitoring and verification of investments, over time, cost effectively
  • insurance or insurability of projects
  • solutions that help aggregate projects to attract finance

What we will fund
This opportunity will award follow-on funding for activities to take a project from the fundamental research stage onto the next level, where it could then be picked up by users. These activities could include, but are not limited to:

  • knowledge exchange
  • commercialisation or proof-of-concept
  • public engagement
  • active dissemination

The follow-on funding can also be used to enable engagement between researchers and a variety of user communities, including business, third sector, public policy, voluntary and community groups, and the public, to deliver greater benefits from the prior research. The follow-on funding should build on any existing impact activities, taking them in a new direction or engaging new audiences, rather than extending previous or current activities.

The activities must deliver benefits aligned with supporting the transition to net zero.

What we will not fund
Applications to this scheme should have a primary focus on the translation of research or knowledge, or both, to the next stage. The following would be ineligible:

  • projects focused solely on delivering training
  • new research or extending an existing research grant
  • applied or contract research conducted on behalf of commercial organisations
  • applications outside of our remit
  • supporting the direct costs associated with applying for intellectual property (IP) protections, for example patent filing
  • projects not built on prior EPSRC research
  • projects at a stage where they could already be funded by commercial partners or Innovate UK barriers to private investment in nature

SOURCE Innovate UK SECTOR Nature
VALUE Your project’s total grant funding request must be between £250,000 and £500,000. FUNDING TYPE Grant
OPEN DATE 12/02/2024
CLOSE DATE 05/06/2024
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APC25: Industrialising net zero automotive technology

Description

The aim of this competition is to support collaborative R&D projects that design, develop and manufacture technology. These proposals will work towards delivering net zero on-vehicle technologies for on-road or off-road vehicles, including 2 wheelers.

In this competition, Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, will work with the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) to invest up to £25 million in innovation projects.

Your proposal must be a collaborative, pre-production research and development (R&D) project that:

  • supports the UK’s vision and underpin core capabilities by securing long term R&D investment
  • creates or safeguards high value jobs when undertaking the project and as a result of any post project R&D and manufacturing activities
    achieves, through the associated supply chain, the design, build, test and manufacture of net zero vehicles
  • supports the UK’s transition to zero emission vehicles and a pathway to net zero automotive industry

SOURCE APC SECTOR Automotive
VALUE Your project’s total grant funding request must be between £2.5 million and £20 million. Your project must be a minimum of 50% match-funded, with a suggested maximum number of six partners. FUNDING TYPE Grant
OPEN DATE 15/01/2024
CLOSE DATE 13/06/2024
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UK-Switzerland CR&D Round 2

Description

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation and Innosuisse, The Swiss Innovation Authority, will invest up to £4 million from Innovate UK and a minimum of 3 million CHF from Innosuisse in innovation projects.

We encourage innovation in, but not limited to, the following technologies:

  • life sciences
  • AI
  • semiconductor applications
  • quantum

The aim of this competition is to enhance UK and Swiss collaborations and capabilities in the emerging fields of technology. The result being, the developing and delivering of new innovations and applications of the technologies across a broad range of other sectors.

Your proposal must comply with the scope and eligibility requirements as stated on this competition summary page, and include a consortium made up of non-linked Swiss and UK partners.

SOURCE Innovate UK SECTOR Any
VALUE Your UK project’s total grant funding request must be no greater than £450,000. FUNDING TYPE Grant
OPEN DATE 05/02/2024
CLOSE DATE 12/08/2024
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Scottish Enterprise -Green Heat Innovation Support Programme

Description

The GHISP supports innovation and capital investment that will accelerate the roll out and adoption of green heating solutions and associated products.
It’s about encouraging the growth of Scotland’s green heat market and helping projects in areas such as:
  • Energy efficiency products
  • Green heat equipment, such as heat pumps and heat networks
  • Supporting solutions, such as thermal storage
  • Enabling solutions, such as digital and smart controls
  • Green heat manufacturing or R&D in Scotland
  • We’re delivering GHISP in partnership with Scottish Government, Highlands & Islands Enterprise and South of Scotland Enterprise.

SOURCE Scottish Enterprise SECTOR Heating
VALUE This is a discretionary fund with a grant value assigned to your project on an individual basis. It doesn't provide 100% of funding towards eligible project costs. The level of grant support will be determined dependent upon project activity and the size of your company. Once an amount has been allocated, you'll be required to fund the rest of the project independently. You'll have the chance to discuss the full details with your advisor. FUNDING TYPE Grant
OPEN DATE
CLOSE DATE 01/03/2026
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Scottish Enterprise - Low Carbon Manufacturing Challenge Fund (LCMCF)

Description

If you’re looking to grow your Scottish manufacturing business through developing low carbon products, processes or services, you can apply for the LCMCF grant.

Your project can use pure Research and Development (R&D), capital investment or environmental aid support in its effort to speed-up the transition to a low carbon economy in manufacturing. There’s a minimum value grant of £150,000 available.

This grant is part of Making Scotland’s Future activity, a programme led by Scottish Government and delivered by a range of partners including Scottish Enterprise, to help Scottish manufacturers grow and thrive.

SOURCE Scottish Government SECTOR Manufacturing
VALUE As with other subsidy schemes, grant values will vary depending on the type of proposal – whether it's an R&D, a capital investment, or an environmental aid project. The LCMCF doesn't provide 100% of funding towards eligible project costs. The level of grant support will be determined dependent upon project activity, the size of your company and the location of the project. Once an amount has been allocated, you'll be required to fund the rest of the project independently. Grants with a minimum value of £150,000 are available to cover eligible costs. You'll have the chance to discuss the full details with your advisor. FUNDING TYPE Grant
OPEN DATE 19/05/2022
CLOSE DATE 31/03/2026
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