EUREKA collaborative R&D: photonics for advanced manufacturing: UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £2 million to develop photonic technologies in partnership with organisations from EUREKA countries. Registration closes: Monday 15 July 2019 at 12pm
Innovate UK Smart Grants (April-July 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: 24 July 2019 at 12pm
Innovate UK Innovation loans: July 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. Projects should aim to develop new products, processes or services (or innovative use of existing ones) believed to be significantly ahead of anything similar in the field. Your proposal can come from any technology and any part of the economy. Projects must focus on commercialisation, growth or scale up. Priority is given to proposals likely to lead to growth and gains in productivity. Projects should last up to 5 years, of which up to 3 years can focus on late stage research and development (R&D), and up to 2 more years on establishing a clear route to commercial success. Loan repayments will be required over a further period of up to 5 years. Registration closes: 11 September 2019 at 12pm.
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 opens: 25 July 2019. Registration closes: 16 October 2019 at midnight
Analysis for Innovators (A4I) Round 5: After four successful rounds, which between them have supported over 400 companies, Analysis for Innovators (A4I) Round 5 (Phase 1) will open on 29 July. 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. The detailed scope of Round 5 will be released in mid-July and the main competition briefing will be held in London on the 31 July. Prior to the competition opening, there will be a series of roadshow events organised during July. The first two events to be held are NPL, Teddington on the 19th July and the 22 July at Rutherford Appleton Labs, Oxford which can be booked via the A4I website.
Detailed designs of smart, local energy systems: UK organisations can apply for a share of up to £30 million to develop clean, cheap local energy systems that create prosperous, resilient UK communities. This funding is from the ISCF’s Prospering from the Energy Revolution challenge. Competition opens: Tuesday 7 May 2019. Competition closes: Wednesday 7 August 2019 at 12pm
Call to Orbit (Open Cosmos and ESA): This initiative is designed to help your idea go from proof- of-concept to in-orbit demonstration and validation readiness. You will benefit from Open Cosmos’s services for three months, followed by support from ESA to get your idea into orbit. Funding and business and technical support to start-ups using space technology. 2019 application deadlines are 24 May and 10 September. For any queries please contact Dr Sue O’Hare, ESA BIC UK Operations Manager.
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.