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SBRI: Decarbonising Concrete
Programme:
Opens:
8/1/2024
Closes:
4/3/2024
The Decarbonising Concrete competition, funded by Innovate UK under the Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI), offers a chance for organisations to compete for a share of £3 million, inclusive of VAT. The focus is on developing solutions to accelerate the decarbonisation of concrete, facilitating faster commercial adoption of lower carbon concrete.
Creative Industry
Creative Catalyst 2024
Programme:
Opens:
23/1/2024
Closes:
6/3/2024
Innovate UK aims to invest up to £10 million to support innovative projects that contribute to the growth of untapped businesses and increase investment in creative talent. The focus is on innovation that benefits both the creative industries and the wider UK economy
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Environmental Monitoring Innovation
Programme:
Opens:
22/1/2024
Closes:
6/3/2024
The competition aims to encourage the development of new sensing systems and monitoring capabilities for improved environmental monitoring. Projects should enhance existing approaches or introduce new ones, verify their accuracy, and demonstrate potential for large-scale deployment. The focus is on stimulating economic growth in the UK environmental monitoring sector and fostering partnerships across disciplines.
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UKBIC SME Credit Round 2 - digital or software
Programme:
Opens:
8/1/2024
Closes:
6/3/2024
Innovate UK, in collaboration with Faraday Battery Challenge Project Focus: Supporting SMEs in research and development for battery technology scale-up, accessing UKBIC facilities, and demonstrating technologies to customers.
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Innovate UK Innovation Loans Future Economy: Round 13
Programme:
Opens:
11/1/2024
Closes:
6/3/2024
Projects must lead to innovative new products, processes, services, or business models significantly ahead of the current market. Must focus on one or more future economy areas included in the Innovate UK plan for action.
Defence & Security
Cyber security academic startup accelerator programme 2024-25: phase 1
Programme:
Opens:
5/2/2024
Closes:
6/3/2024
The CyberASAP programme, a collaborative effort between the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology (DSIT) and Innovate UK, aims to invest up to £800,000 in cyber security projects emerging from UK academic research. This funding opportunity is targeted at individuals affiliated with UK academic institutions.
General & Misc
Farming Innovation Programme: Large R&D Partnerships Round 3
Programme:
Innovate UK
Opens:
15/1/2024
Closes:
13/3/2024
The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) is offering up to £7.8 million for large R&D partnership projects through the Farming Innovation Programme. This initiative, in collaboration with UKRI’s Transforming Food Production Challenge and delivered by Innovate UK, is designed to address significant challenges and opportunities in farming, with a focus on industrial research and experimental development.
General & Misc
APC25: Industrialising Net Zero Automotive Technology
Programme:
Innovate UK
Opens:
15/1/2024
Closes:
13/3/2024
The Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC), in partnership with the UK government and Innovate UK, is offering up to £25 million in funding for UK registered businesses. This competition aims to support late-stage R&D projects that contribute to the UK's transition to a net zero automotive future. Projects should focus on designing, developing, and manufacturing on-vehicle technologies for both on-road and off-road vehicles, including two-wheelers.
General & Misc
Eureka collaborative R&D: Eurostars 3 Call 6
Programme:
Innovate UK
Opens:
12/1/2024
Closes:
14/3/2024
UK-registered organisations have the opportunity to apply for a share of up to £2.5 million for collaborative research and development (CR&D) projects. This funding, provided by Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, is aimed at fostering international collaboration with organisations from participating Eurostars countries. The primary goal is to create innovative products, processes, or services for commercialisation.
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Eurostars
Programme:
Opens:
8/1/2024
Closes:
14/3/2024
Co-funded by the EU through Horizon Europe. For the UK, Innovate UK, funds R&D costs for SMEs participating in the Eurostars programme.
General & Misc
Canada-UK Critical Minerals: Sustainability and Circularity
Programme:
Innovate UK
Opens:
20/11/2023
Closes:
3/4/2024
Innovate UK and the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP) are collaborating to fund innovative projects. A total of £5.4 million has been allocated, with up to £3.5 million from Innovate UK and up to CA$3 million from NRC IRAP.
Automotive & Transport
SBRI: Accessible solutions for disrupted journeys
Programme:
Opens:
19/2/2024
Closes:
3/4/2024
Innovate UK's Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) is inviting organisations to compete for a share of £1 million, inclusive of VAT, to create accessible and inclusive solutions aimed at supporting transport users during disrupted journeys. This competition is a golden opportunity for businesses to develop either physical or digital solutions that enhance the experience for users facing challenges or barriers within the UK's transport networks.
General & Misc
Unlocking Nature Positive Private Investment
Programme:
Opens:
12/2/2024
Closes:
10/4/2024
Innovate UK, in collaboration with the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), offers up to £2 million in grants through the Integrating Finance and Biodiversity for a Nature Positive Future (IFB) programme. This initiative aims to stimulate private investment in nature-positive projects by addressing current financial and systematic barriers.
General & Misc
Pandemic preparedness and response: Host-pathogen interactions of infectious diseases with epidemic potential
Programme:
Opens:
26/10/2023
Closes:
11/4/2024
Addressing the accelerated threat of infectious diseases, highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic, this call stresses the need for proactive development of vaccines and inhibitors. It targets pathogens with high pandemic potential as identified by the Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Authority (HERA), focusing on:
Health & Life Sciences
Bio-printing of living cells for regenerative medicine
Programme:
Opens:
26/10/2023
Closes:
11/4/2024
Regenerative medicine stands at the forefront of transforming healthcare by replacing or regenerating human cells, tissues, or organs to restore normal function. Despite the promise of 3D bio-printing with living cells for tissue engineering and drug testing, challenges remain in developing tissue-specific functional 3D bio-printed constructs for transplantation and regenerative medicine, including "in-situ" and 4D bio-printing.
Health & Life Sciences
Developing EU methodological frameworks for clinical/performance evaluation and post-market clinical/performance follow-up of medical devices and in vitro diagnostic medical devices
Programme:
Opens:
26/10/2023
Closes:
11/4/2024
The call addresses the need for a structured methodological framework for clinical and performance evaluation of medical devices and IVDs, emphasizing high-risk devices. It reflects the Medical Device Regulation (MDR) and in vitro diagnostic medical device Regulation (IVDR) requirements for clinical data assessment throughout a device's life cycle.
General & Misc
Gaining experience and confidence in New Approach Methodologies (NAM) for regulatory safety and efficacy testing – coordinated training and experience exchange for regulators
Programme:
Opens:
26/10/2023
Closes:
11/4/2024
This funding opportunity seeks to modernize regulatory testing frameworks, moving towards a more ethical, efficient, and human-relevant approach. It aims to establish a solid foundation for the widespread acceptance and use of NAMs, ultimately benefiting public health, the environment, and animal welfare.
General & Misc
Pandemic Preparedness and Response: Enhancing European Partnership
Programme:
Opens:
26/10/2023
Closes:
11/4/2024
This funding opportunity seeks to solidify the European partnership for pandemic preparedness, enhancing the EU's capability to efficiently predict and respond to infectious health threats. It encourages proposals that provide crucial administrative and technical support to maintain and bolster this partnership, ensuring a unified and effective approach to pandemic preparedness and response across Europe.
General & Misc
Industrial Energy Transformation Fund (IETF) Phase 3: Spring 2024
Programme:
Opens:
29/1/2024
Closes:
19/4/2024
Businesses of any size with an eligible site in England, Wales, or Northern Ireland. Specific rules apply for businesses in Northern Ireland. Scottish businesses with eligible sites in these regions can also apply.
General & Misc
UK-Switzerland CR&D Round 2 Funding Competition
Programme:
Opens:
5/2/2024
Closes:
1/5/2024
For detailed guidance and support on applying for this competition and maximising your success chances, feel free to book a consultation with our experts. We can assist you in navigating the application process and developing a compelling proposal.
General & Misc
Health & Life Sciences
Diet and health innovation: Early stage feasibility projects
Programme:
Opens:
14/2/2024
Closes:
8/5/2024
In collaboration with the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), Innovate UK is investing up to £2.5 million in early stage feasibility projects. This funding is aimed at UK registered businesses and research organisations focusing on the design and development of innovative food products to enhance health and wellbeing across all age groups.
General & Misc
Eureka Quantum collaborative R&D Multilateral 2024
Programme:
Opens:
5/2/2024
Closes:
8/5/2024
Overview: Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, in collaboration with the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), is dedicating up to £2 million for UK-registered organisations to engage in international collaborative R&D projects in Quantum technology. This competition encourages the development of innovative quantum products, applications, and services with commercial potential.
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UK-South Korea CR&D 2024
Programme:
Opens:
26/2/2024
Closes:
22/5/2024
Innovate UK, in partnership with the Korea Institute for Advancement of Technology (KIAT) and Korean Energy Technology Evaluation and Planning (KETEP), is offering an exceptional opportunity for UK registered businesses to secure a share of up to £6 million in funding. This initiative aims to foster business-led, collaborative research and development (CR&D) projects that push the boundaries of industrial research between the UK and South Korea.
Health & Life Sciences
NHS Cancer Programme - Innovation Open Call 3 Accelerating Early Cancer Detection
Programme:
Opens:
8/4/2024
Closes:
29/5/2024
NHS England invites applications for innovations that facilitate the early detection and diagnosis of cancer. This initiative aligns with the NHS Long Term Plan (LTP) to increase the proportion of early-stage cancer diagnoses and improve patient survival rates.
General & Misc
UK - Germany Bilateral: Collaborative R&D Round 3
Programme:
Opens:
5/2/2024
Closes:
3/6/2024
UK-registered organisations are invited to apply for a share of up to £4 million for collaborative projects with German SMEs. These projects should result in innovative solutions within emerging technologies. The initiative is a joint venture between Innovate UK and The Federal Ministry For Economic Affairs And Climate Action (BMWK) of Germany.
General & Misc
Future Leaders Fellowships: Round 9
Programme:
Opens:
29/2/2024
Closes:
18/6/2024
The Future Leaders Fellowships scheme aims to develop, retain, attract, and sustain research and innovation talent across the UKRI's remit. It supports early career researchers and innovators looking to establish independence or develop original and ambitious plans within a commercial setting.
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Defence & Security
Open call: Integrate information and physical activity across all domains
Programme:
DASA
Opens:
30/7/2020
Closes:
1/1/2050
DASA are seeking proposals which provide field communication capabilities that are resistant to attack but continue to perform if degraded and are secure.
All
Defence & Security
Open Call: Simulating future battlespace complexity
Programme:
DASA
Opens:
30/7/2020
Closes:
1/1/2050
Funding to create more effective training environments through the use of simulation and synthetic environments which will enable more frequent training, greater challenge and greater availability.
All
Defence & Security
Open call: Delivering agile command and control
Programme:
DASA
Opens:
30/7/2020
Closes:
1/1/2050
DASA are looking for proposals which promote a shift from more traditional chains of command to more dynamic, lateral networks, with greater delegation of authority and allow exploitation of relevant information at speed.
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Horizon Europe Guarantee
Programme:
Horizon Europe
Opens:
16/5/2022
Closes:
1/1/2050
This funding is to deliver the UK government’s Horizon Europe guarantee.
All
Horizon Europe Guarantee - EIT KICs 2022
Programme:
Horizon Europe
Opens:
23/5/2022
Closes:
1/1/2050
This funding route is to deliver the UK Government’s Horizon Europe guarantee. Specifically, it covers funding for UK partners involved in EIT-KIC activities in the 2022 calendar year.
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