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Innovate UK – open competitions

By Andrew James

Last week, I was in receipt of an email from UKRI Innovate UK detailing the “current funding opportunities”.  One of which intrigued/ pleased me in particular was “Ocean plastic solutions investment accelerator: reducing plastic pollution” – interestingly the £2m referred to below is a mix of grant and private investment from Sky Ocean Ventures.  I suspect one of my colleagues has passed on a link to this one to a couple of contacts to see if could be useful in funding their development plans.

You can find all of the UKRI Innovate UK current open & upcoming funding opportunities here.

I set out below an overview of some of these with links to further information.

A selection of the Open Competitions

Ocean plastic solutions investment accelerator: reducing plastic pollution


UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £2 million to develop solutions that tackle the environmental crisis of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans.
Transforming Construction Network Plus: £1million funding call


The Transforming Construction Network Plus is opening its first call for proposals for research that will help transform construction. Two rounds of funding calls will be launched, to distribute £1m of funding. The first call launches on 1 February and KTN will run briefing events in London on 12 February (webcast is available) and in Manchester on 13 February.
Business Basics 2 – SME productivity (proof of concept)


A share of up to £2 million is available to run proof of concept projects aimed at how to encourage SMEs to adopt productivity boosting technology or management practices.
Biomedical Catalyst 2019 round 1: early and late stage awards


UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £7 million to explore and evaluate the commercial potential of a scientific idea to solve a healthcare challenge.
UK Aerospace Research and Technology Programme: collaborative feasibility studies round 1


UK organisations can apply for a share of up to £8 million to carry out collaborative R&D, collaborative fast-track and feasibility projects to enhance the UK’s position in civil aerospace.

 Other information

The email also contained the following links which may be of interest to potential applicants to one of the competitions:

As always with R&D grant funding, care is required in connection with interaction of grant funding and R&D Tax Credits.

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