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Photonics for advanced manufacturing
Sectors
Automotive & Transport
Digital, AI & Machine Learning
Electronic, Sensors & Robotics
Energy
General & Miscellaneous
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Programme
Eureka / Innovate UK
Award
Share of £2m
Opens:
March 25, 2019
Closes:
July 15, 2019

UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £2 million to develop photonic technologies in partnership with organisations from EUREKA countries

Scope

This EUREKA competition specifically addresses photonic technologies (e.g., laser machining, additive manufacturing, photonic curing etc.) in order to improve both products and processes.  

Projects must include at least one partner from one of the participating countries of the EUREKA Network in Photonics (Austria, France, Germany, Israel, Poland and Switzerland).

Project size

£750,000 – £2m

You can find out more here

SME support to evaluate innovative medical technologies: Round 4
Sectors
Automotive & Transport
Digital, AI & Machine Learning
Electronic, Sensors & Robotics
Energy
General & Miscellaneous
Health & Life Sciences
Manufacturing & Materials
Programme
Innovate UK
Award
Share of £1.5 million
Opens:
April 23, 2019
Closes:
July 3, 2019


Supporting developers of innovative medical devices, diagnostics and regulated digital technology to evaluate their product in a real world clinical setting

Scope

This competition is aimed at SMEs that have developed and manufactured innovative medical devices, diagnostics or regulated digital healthcare products.

You must have a CE marking for your product and it must already be available for the NHS to purchase, but not marketed in the UK for more than 5 years.

Grant funding will support the development or design of plans for the collection of clinical data in a real-world setting, and also support the running of these studies.  

The evidence collated may help increase uptake of your product within the NHS.

Project Size

£50,000 – £250,000

More information is available here

Innovate UK Smart Grants: April 2019
Sectors
Automotive & Transport
Digital, AI & Machine Learning
Electronic, Sensors & Robotics
Energy
General & Miscellaneous
Health & Life Sciences
Manufacturing & Materials
Programme
Innovate UK
Award
Share of up to £25m
Opens:
April 26, 2019
Closes:
July 24, 2019


Smart is the new name for Innovate UK’s ‘Open grant funding’ programme.

Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £25 million in the best game-changing or disruptive ideas with a view to commercialisation

Project size 

£25,000 – £500,000 (6 –18 months)

£25,000 – £2,000,000 (19 –36 months)


Your proposal must demonstrate a clear game-changing and/or disruptive innovative idea leading to new products, processes or services.

Projects should be business focused, rather than pure research.

Applications can come from any area of technology (including arts, design, media or creative industries), science or engineering and be applied to any part of the economy.

Proposals must demonstrate an idea that is significantly ahead of others in the field, set for rapid commercialisation.

More information about eligibility here

Detailed designs of smart, local energy systems
Sectors
Automotive & Transport
Digital, AI & Machine Learning
Electronic, Sensors & Robotics
Energy
General & Miscellaneous
Health & Life Sciences
Manufacturing & Materials
Programme
Innovate UK
Award
Share of up to £30m
Opens:
May 7, 2019
Closes:
August 7, 2019

Supporting the development of clean, cheap local energy systems that create prosperous, resilient UK communities

Scope

The aim is to create a pipeline of highly innovative, ambitious and investable local energy system designs that will be ready to roll out across the UK in the 2020s.

Proposals must be focused on a specific, named, UK location. The locality must be at least the size of a town but the ambition is to fund ground breaking local energy systems projects up to city or region scale (or equivalent industrial, rural or other area in terms of energy capacity).

Applicants must demonstrate the ambition, expertise and ability needed to drive fundamental change in the energy system of the locality.

Proposals must incorporate a wide range of consumer types and demonstrate a significant change in scale and impact against comparable projects internationally.


Project size

£2m – £20m


More information can be found here

Immersive Technology Investment Accelerator: Phase 2, SME Projects
Sectors
Automotive & Transport
Digital, AI & Machine Learning
Electronic, Sensors & Robotics
Energy
General & Miscellaneous
Health & Life Sciences
Manufacturing & Materials
Programme
Innovate UK / Private Sector Investment
Award
Share of £2m
Opens:
May 20, 2019
Closes:
July 3, 2019

This competition encourages investment in innovative immersive technology companies. The investment accelerator will fund innovative high-risk projects and invest in companies that have potential for growth.

Scope

Despite the growth of the immersive technology market, the finance and investment ‘ecosystem’ is undeveloped, particularly for early stage companies that need seed funding to support R&D and grow.  

This competition has been designed to encourage early-stage private investment in innovative immersive content, products, platforms, services, software and hardware, to give companies greater confidence that investment will continue after the project funding.

Projects should focus on one or more of the following:

•  enhancing, extending or transforming the immersive audience experience

•  new immersive content production tools, software and systems

•  VR, AR and other digital technologies to deepen and enrich the immersive experience

Project size

£150 – 300k


You can find out more here

Artificial intelligence-supported early fracture diagnosis
Sectors
Automotive & Transport
Digital, AI & Machine Learning
Electronic, Sensors & Robotics
Energy
General & Miscellaneous
Health & Life Sciences
Manufacturing & Materials
Programme
SBRI
Award
Share of £240k
Opens:
May 20, 2019
Closes:
July 24, 2019

The aim is to improve front-line clinical decision making and patient management in unscheduled care facilities.  

The overall programme will be delivered in 2 phases. A decision to proceed with phase 2 will depend on the outcomes from phase 1. Phase 1 research and development contracts will be focused on feasibility studies. Phase 2 contracts will be prototype development and testing.

Scope

The challenge is to develop an AI or machine-based learning programme that can help healthcare organisations accurately identify whether a patient has a fracture.

This is initially a classification problem (by assigning a value of yes, no or maybe). This is an initial step towards integrating AI systems into a mainstream clinical workflow within the NHS and could be a platform for building more intelligent learning systems.

Project Size

£20k (phase 1)


More information can be found here

Novel chemistry to reduce the risk from household products
Sectors
Automotive & Transport
Digital, AI & Machine Learning
Electronic, Sensors & Robotics
Energy
General & Miscellaneous
Health & Life Sciences
Manufacturing & Materials
Programme
DASA
Award
Share of £1m
Opens:
May 22, 2019
Closes:
July 3, 2019

The aim  is to reduce the risk of common chemicals used in household and personal care products being used as explosives precursors or precursors for the production of chemical or biological agents.

Scope

The focus for this competition is on substances that are precursors to explosives, chemical or biological agents. Explosive, chemical and biological agents, produced for legitimate purposes, are well regulated and controlled, but there are a range of commercially available products containing precursors which can be used to make homemade versions. Many of these precursors are available on the high street such as in household cleaning or personal care products. Precursors which are easy to extract and concentrate, and that are available in large volumes, are of particular concern.

Project Size

Up to £125,000

More information can be found here

Innovation in global composites markets (UK / USA collaboration)
Sectors
Automotive & Transport
Digital, AI & Machine Learning
Electronic, Sensors & Robotics
Energy
General & Miscellaneous
Health & Life Sciences
Manufacturing & Materials
Programme
Innovate UK / IACMI
Award
Share of £1.7m
Opens:
May 29, 2019
Closes:
August 21, 2019

The competition will focus on collaborative research and development (CR&D) projects, which should result in a new product, industrial process or service. Projects must be innovative, involve a technological risk and target large global markets.

Scope

Innovate  UK and IACMI have developed a portfolio of composite manufacturing technology priority areas. These are relevant to the UK and the USA. IACMI has selected a number of existing projects that reflect this portfolio. UK organisations are invited to apply to collaborate with these projects.

Project size

UK-led projects can have total eligible project costs between £100,000 and £1 million, with a maximum grant of up to £300,000 for UK applicants.

Energy Catalyst Round 7: early stage
Sectors
Automotive & Transport
Digital, AI & Machine Learning
Electronic, Sensors & Robotics
Energy
General & Miscellaneous
Health & Life Sciences
Manufacturing & Materials
Programme
Innovate UK
Award
Share of up to £22m
Opens:
June 17, 2019
Closes:
September 18, 2019

The aim of this competition is to support highly innovative, market-focused energy solutions in any technology or sector. Projects can last up to 12 months.

Scope

Projects  must encourage the development of products and services that help countries in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia or both regions access secure, low cost and low carbon energy.

They must be targeted at people, public services and local enterprises who are unable to afford or access existing solutions, or who lack the time or expertise to successfully use those solutions.

Proposals must tackle all 3 areas of the energy ‘trilemma’: clean, affordable, security of supply and energy access.

Project size

£50 – 300K

More information can be found here

Energy Catalyst Round 7: mid stage
Sectors
Automotive & Transport
Digital, AI & Machine Learning
Electronic, Sensors & Robotics
Energy
General & Miscellaneous
Health & Life Sciences
Manufacturing & Materials
Programme
Innovate UK
Award
Share of up to £22m
Opens:
June 17, 2019
Closes:
September 18, 2019

The aim of this competition is to support highly innovative, market-focused energy solutions in any technology or sector. Projects can last between 12 and 24 months.

Scope

Projects  must encourage the development of products and services that help countries in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia or both regions access secure, low cost and low carbon energy.

They must be targeted at people, public services and local enterprises who are unable to afford or access existing solutions, or who lack the time or expertise to successfully use those solutions.

Proposals must tackle all 3 areas of the energy ‘trilemma’: clean, affordable, security of supply and energy access.


Project size

£50k – £1.5m

More information can be found here

Energy Catalyst Round 7: late stage
Sectors
Automotive & Transport
Digital, AI & Machine Learning
Electronic, Sensors & Robotics
Energy
General & Miscellaneous
Health & Life Sciences
Manufacturing & Materials
Programme
Innovate UK
Award
Share of up to £22m
Opens:
June 17, 2019
Closes:
September 18, 2019

The aim of this competition is to support highly innovative, market-focused  energy solutions in any technology or sector. Projects can last between 12 and 36 months.

Scope

Projects  must encourage the development of products and services that help countries in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia or both regions access secure, low cost and low carbon energy.

They must be targeted at people, public services and local enterprises who are unable to afford or access existing solutions, or who lack the time or expertise to successfully use those solutions.

Proposals must tackle all 3 areas of the energy ‘trilemma’: clean, affordable, security of supply and energy access.

Project size

£50k – £5m

More information can be found here

i4i Connect
Sectors
Automotive & Transport
Digital, AI & Machine Learning
Electronic, Sensors & Robotics
Energy
General & Miscellaneous
Health & Life Sciences
Manufacturing & Materials
Programme
NIHR
Award
£50,000 – £150,000
Opens:
August 14, 2019
Closes:
September 11, 2019

Aimed at SMEs in need of a funding boost to reach the next stage in the medical / healthcare development pathway

Scope

i4i Connect will help SMEs get to the point of eligibility for a full i4i award or, down the line, follow on-funding.

This will enable accelerated development of promising medical technologies. The aim is to de-risk projects, making them attractive to follow-on funders and investors.

Project size

£50,000 – £150,000

More information can be found here