Innovate UK

Innovate UK- is the UK’s innovation agency and part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). They aim to drive productivity and economic growth by supporting businesses to develop and realise the potential of new ideas, including those from the UK’s world-class research base.

Innovate UK Call Summaries

Innovate UK – Smart Grants July 2022

Subsidy: £100,000- 2,000,000

Funding rate: 25-70% (depending on type of activities and company size)

Deadline: 26 October 2022

Project duration: 6-18 months in this case you can apply for a grant of £100,000- 500,000. Or project duration of 19-36 months in this case you can apply for a grant of £100,000- 2M.

Consortium: Single applicant or in consortium.

  • Single applicant: SMEs located in the UK can apply.
  • Consortium: The lead applicant must be an SME located in the UK. In case the lead applicant is a large company or research and technology organization (RTO) you must include at least one SME. Collaboration with other companies, academic organisations, public sector organisations, charity or RTOs located in the UK are eligible.

Scope: Smart is Innovate UK’s ‘Open grant funding’ programme. Applications can come from any area of technology and be applied to any part of the economy, such as, but not exclusively: the arts, design and media, creative industries, and science or engineering. The proposal must demonstrate a clear game-changing, innovative, disruptive and ambitious idea leading to new products, processes or services. This grant will fund innovative R&D projects including, feasibility projects, industrial research projects, and/or experimental development projects.

Call: Farming Innovation Programme –  research starter pilot/ Expression of Interest (EOL)

Subsidy:  £28,000 – £56,000 per project

Deadline: Expired This two-stage competition is designed to make funding accessible to a wider range of applicants. Applicants that are successful in the expression of interest (EOI) stage will be able to access independent support to help them complete the full application stage. The full stage will open in Expired.

Total Budget: £ 1,000,000

Project duration: 12 months

Eligibility: Projects should be held in UK, and involve at least 50% of the farmers, growers or foresters involved based in England. To lead a project an organisation must:

  1. Be a farming, growing or forestry business of any size based in England.
  2. Be able to evidence that you are an established business, including sole traders and partnerships have a UK bank account.
  3. Not have been awarded Innovate UK funding as a project lead within the last 5 years.

To collaborate with the lead at the full stage, organisations must be a UK registered organisation or a farmer, grower or forester based in the UK.

Funding rate:

  • up to 70% for micro or small organisation
  • up to 60% for medium-sized organisation
  • up to 50% for large organisation
  • The research organisations undertaking non-economic activity as part of the project can share up to 60% of the total eligible project costs.

Scope: The competition aims to provide an entry point​ for farmers, growers or foresters that have bold, ambitious, early-stage ideas solving major problems that impact their business. This may help them exploit new significant opportunities for their business or industry sub-sector.​ The outputs of this competition will ideally provide applicants with the knowledge and information needed to aid them in applying for a larger funding grant.

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