National Space Technology Programme – Grants for Exploratory Ideas: The UK Space Agency invites proposals for space technology research and development projects to the NSTP Grants for Exploratory Ideas (GEI) projects, which aim to develop the capability of the UK space sector by providing seed funding for early stage innovative ideas. Project proposals are sought for space technology research and development projects in areas including: early TRL innovation; new technology concepts; knowledge transfer; skills development; refining an idea; undertaking a market survey; proof of concept. Grants of up to £10,000 are available for a 3-month project. Deadline for submissions: 30 September 2019 at 12pm.
DCMS 5G Programme Industrial 5G Testbeds & Trials grant funding competition: This competition will make available UK Government investment to trial new 5G services and applications in the vertical industry sectors of manufacturing and logistics. The aim of these projects is to demonstrate the value of 5G, beyond enhanced mobile broadband, by targeting industrial uses that can help deliver efficiency, productivity, and other benefits in the UK economy, and help the UK lead the development of enterprise applications for 5G.
The Digital Catapult has partnered with the UK Government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) to support the Industrial 5G competition – focused on the manufacturing and logistics sectors. As part of this competition, up to £40m will be awarded for match-funded projects over the next two and a half years starting with Manufacturing & Logistics, representing a new opportunity for innovation across these two sectors. This will range from manufacturers, across the UK supply chain (warehouses, ports etc.), end users, network operators and innovative start-ups and scale-ups working with a range of industrial digital technologies (VR/AR, Artificial Intelligence, 5G, Internet of Things, Blockchain, Robotics, Additive Manufacturing, Drones etc.).
Project eligibility: This competition is suitable for any company (not just telecoms network or infrastructure providers) to explore how 5G will enable the deployment of industrial digital technologies at scale through 5G networks.
If you would like to find out more information, the Digital Catapult is encouraging manufacturers and logistics companies/hubs to email firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for applications: 10 October 2019
Innovate UK Smart Grants (July-October 2019): Opportunity to apply for a share of up to £25m to deliver ambitious or disruptive R&D innovations with significant potential for impact on the UK economy. All proposals must be business focused, rather than pure research. Applications can come from any area of technology (including arts, design, media or creative industries), science or engineering and be applied to any part of the economy. Registration closes: 16 October 2019 at midnight
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.