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:
Technology areas can include:
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:
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.
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:
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.
The purpose of this competition is to:
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.
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:
Your project must focus on one or more of the following challenge areas:
“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:
SMEs will be able to access UKBIC’s giga-scale facilities for:
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:
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.
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.
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:
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:
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.
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:
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:
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.
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.
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.
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:
Your project must address and overcome, previously identified barriers to private investment in nature, including but not limited to:
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.
IETF Phase 3: Spring 2024 will allocate grant funding for the following project types:
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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
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:
This list is not exhaustive.
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 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:
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:
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.
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.