Innovate UK Smart funding: Up to £25 million is available through Innovate UK’s Smart programme to invest in innovative business projects across any technology area. Smart is an open grant funding programme that supports the best UK business ideas whatever area they come from. Businesses of any size may apply, and all applications must include a micro, small or medium-sized company. Projects can range in size from £25,000 to £2 million and last between 6 and 36 months. Applications deadline: 22 April 2020 at 12pm.
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. The next deadline for applications to join the Westcott Business Incubation Centre and for Small Research Grants is 31 January 2020!
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.
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.