Innovate UK competitions: Registrations now open (as at 2 October 2018)

3rd October, 2018

As we are on Innovate UK’s mailing list, we last week received one of their ‘current funding opportunities’ emails.  In addition to the Open Grant Funding, Innovation Loans, Productive and sustainable crop and ruminant agricultural systems and Women in Innovation Awards 2018 that we have previously blogged about there are quite a few other registrations currently open.

Zero emission vehicles: Funding to drive development and adoption – Businesses working on ultra-low or zero-emission projects can apply for a share of £22 million to develop their ideas and accelerate the use of zero-emission vehicles in the UK. The competition seeks low-cost, highly-integrated systems that support zero-emission journeys for cars and other vehicles. The competition is currently open, and the deadline for applications is midday on 6 December 2018.

Game-changing ideas for civil aerospace: Apply for funding – The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and Innovate UK have a total of £8 million to develop world-leading civil aerospace technologies. Grants are available to work on collaborative innovation projects that will benefit the UK aerospace industry. The competition is currently open and the deadline for expressions of interest is midday on 5 December 2018. Businesses could attract up to 50% of their project costs.

Digitalisation of medicines manufacturing: Challenge Fund – UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £8 million from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund for capital infrastructure innovation projects to improve medicine manufacturing. The investment of up to £8 million will be provided by Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation to enable existing medicine manufacturing operations to improve their scope, efficiency and effectiveness. The competition is open and registration closes 3 October 2018 at 12:00pm.

Future electric vehicles: Faraday battery challenge, round three – The latest Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund opportunity is offering up to £25 million to UK businesses working on next-generation batteries. Funding is provided by UK Research and Innovation and delivered by Innovate UK. Grants will be offered to businesses to develop batteries for future electric vehicles. The competition is open and the deadline for applications is midday on 12 December 2018.

October expression of interest: UK Aerospace Research and Technology ProgrammeThe UK Aerospace Research and Technology (UKART) Programme provides grant funding to industrial research and capital projects to encourage UK civil aerospace. The UKART programme represents a £3.9 billion joint government and industry investment to maintain and grow the UK’s competitive position in civil aerospace. The competition is open and closes 17 October 2018 12:00pm.

Digital health technology catalyst round three: Feasibility studies – A share of up to £1 million invested by Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, is available for UK businesses. This investment is to be used in feasibility studies that can potentially develop new digital technology solutions to healthcare challenges. You must show how your project will improve the competitiveness and productivity of at least one UK SME involved in the project. The competition is open and will close 31October 2018 at 12:00pm.

Digital health technology catalyst round three: Collaborative R&DUK businesses can apply for a share of up to £8 million to speed up development of commercial digital health solutions. The investment is being provided by Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, and is to be used in industrial research and experimental development projects that develop new digital technology solutions to healthcare challenges. Projects must be led by an SME and must be collaborative and work with at least one other grant-claiming partner (the NHS is recommended). The competition is open and will close 31 October 2018 at 12:00pm.

APC 11: Advancing the UK’s low carbon automotive capability£20 million of collaborative match funding is available for UK-developed late stage R&D to support advanced low carbon propulsion technologies in automotive. APC 11 is seeking proposals for UK based R&D projects that significantly reduce carbon dioxide emissions and improve air quality. The competition is open and will close 3 October 2018 at 12:00pm.

So quite a lot of funding being channeled towards R&D… (and our summary above excludes competitions being run by Horizon 2020 and SBRI)

Be aware, as always, of the interaction between grants for R&D and R&D Tax Credits – we have a number of experts in the firm who will be able to talk you through this.

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