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SBRI UK Global Navigation Satellite System: receiver concept development: The UK Space Agency will invest in research and development (R&D) to explore the challenges, innovation and future concepts of UK GNSS receivers. GNSS is increasingly used to support basic societal and security functions. The aim of this competition is to:

  • Conduct early concept development
  • Iinvestigate new concepts for future GNSS receivers (user and reference or monitoring grade)
  • Identify innovative approaches to the delivery of more traditional models
  • Develop UK capabilities
  • Understand the possible opportunities ahead

Closes on 6 November 2019 at 12pm

Commercialising quantum technology: technology projects round 1, expression of interest: UK businesses can express an interest in applying for a share of up to £30 million to collaborate on quantum technology development projects. This funding is from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. Closes on 27 November 2019 at 12pm.

Innovation loans: September-November 2019 open competition: Innovate UK is offering up to £10 million in loans to micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Loans are for highly innovative late stage projects with the best game changing and/or disruptive ideas or concepts. There should be a clear route to commercialisation and economic impact. Closes on 27 November 2019 at 12pm.

NATEP: helping SMEs innovate in aerospace, autumn 2019: UK micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can apply for a share of up to £2.5 million for industry led civil aerospace research projects. Closes on 4 December 2019 at 12pm.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships – autumn/winter 2019: The KTP scheme helps businesses in the UK to innovate and grow by linking them with an academic or research organisation and a graduate. A KTP enables a business to bring in new skills and the latest academic thinking to deliver a specific, strategic innovation project throuh a knowledge-based partnership. Closes on 11 December at midnight.

Innovate UK Smart Grants: Oct 2019 – Jan 2020: Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, is investing up to £25 million in the best game-changing and commercially viable innovative or disruptive ideas. All proposals must be business focused. Closes on 8 January 2020 at 12pm.

EIC Horizon Prize for ‘European Low-Cost Space Launch’: The European Innovation Council (EIC) has a €10 million prize for projects developing a European solution for launching light satellites into Low-Earth Orbit (LEO). The solution should be technologically non-dependent. The solution will enable dedicated low-cost launches with committed schedule and orbit. Closes on 1 June 2021 at 4pm.

Analysis for Innovators (A4I) Round 5: A4I gives UK businesses of any size access to cutting-edge R&D expertise and facilities to help solve problems they have been unable to tackle using standard technologies and techniques. It might be around product reliability, cost or product lifetime. There are two funding streams worth a total of £4m.

Westcott Business Incubation Centre: Open Call for Innovative Ideas in Rocket Propulsion, 5G Applications & Autonomous Systems. Are you an early-stage business working in rocket propulsion, a start-up developing products and services based on 5G technology, or are you working on commercial drone applications? If so, contact the team at Westcott.

Astropreneurs: This call selects entrepreneurs, spin-outs, start-ups, SMEs or others to receive mentoring, as part of the EU-Horizon2020-funded project “Astropreneurs”. Up to 50 hours of mentoring is available for each successful applicant, over a three-month period. This will be an open call, running until January 2020 and all mentoring will be completed until June 2020.

SPRINT: Seeks to accelerate the development of new products and services that utilise space data and technologies. Small-to-medium sized businesses in the UK, collaborating with SPRINT partner universities, can access up to £150k in collaborative project funding to support the accelerated commercialisation of their products.

Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) funding opportunities: A range of competitions with public sector organisations and departments.

Horizon 2020: Funding opportunities through the Horizon 2020 programme which focuses on European projects in research and innovation.