Energy efficiency fund

A new £7m fund to help small UK businesses replace old, energy-intensive equipment in order to boost efficiency and productivity.

Opens: Open now
Closes: No deadline
Registration closes: No deadline - First come first served basis
Programme: Expected to support 1000 to 2000 smaller businesses across Great Britain, is hoped to enable participating businesses to invest £55m in energy saving projects.

Horizon 2020 - Dedicated SME Instrument

Horizon 2020 funds high-potential innovation through a dedicated SME instrument.

Opens: Open now
Closes: no deadline
Registration closes: Year 2020
Programme: The SME instrument consists of three separate phases and a coaching and mentoring service for beneficiaries.


If you are a small company in need of public funding for your innovative idea, participation in a Eurostars project can bring you a passport to growth, further innovation, an opening to new global markets and even greater business success.

Opens: Now Open
Closes: No deadline
Registration closes: 15th September 2016 at 20:00 Brussels Time
Programme: A joint programme supporting R&D performing SMEs. It is co-funded from the national budgets of 34 Eurostars countries and by the European Union through Horizon 2020

Agri-tech Catalyst round 7: Agriculture and Food Systems Innovation

The Agri-tech Catalyst will take innovative ideas from any sector or discipline. Ideas must show the potential to deliver impact for poor people through the uptake of agricultural and food systems technology and innovation in areas such as primary crop and livestock production, non-food uses of crops, challenges in food processing, distribution, storage

Opens: 28th August 2018
Closes: 21st November 2018
Registration closes: 28th November 2018
Programme: A collaborative programme. All projects must include a UK-based administrative lead, and a partner from an eligible African country.

Innovation Loans: Open Competition

UK based SMEs are invited to apply for loans of up to £1million to deliver highly innovative late stage projects. Projects may come from any technology and any part of the economy.

Opens: 17 September 2018
Closes: 14 November 2018
Registration closes: 21 November 2018
Programme: Up to £10 million is being made available by Innovate UK

Learning how crowdsourcing data could change the geospatial sector

UK Businesses are invited to carry out UK-based innovation projects using crowdsourcing to create, update and maintain geographic information to improve public service delivery, enhance public data sets, or provide social or environmental benefits by working with the third sector.

Opens: 26 November 2018
Closes: No deadline
Registration closes: 30 January 201
Programme: The Geospatial Commission will invest up to £1.5 million in innovation projects

SME support to evaluate innovative medical technologies

This competition is aimed at SMEs that have developed and manufactured innovative healthtech, including medical devices, diagnostics and regulated digital healthcare products.

Opens: 26 November 2018
Closes: No deadline
Registration closes: 30 January 2019
Programme: SMEs can apply for a share of £1.5 million to support the evaluation of innovative medical devices, diagnostics and regulated digital health products.

SBRI: developing a data enabled public sector audit approach

Funding is available for technical feasibility studies. The NIAO plans to develop a data enabled public sector audit approach which makes use of analytics techniques and machine learning to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of audit by increasing coverage and adding value to clients.

Opens: 19 November 2018
Closes: 9 January 2019
Registration closes: 16 January 2019
Programme: The competition looks at improving 2 main areas: 1. Financial audit analytics. 2. Value for money analytics

UK Israel open collaborative competition 2018

UK and Israel are announcing a joint funding competition under the EUREKA framework. This will support collaborative, business led research and development (R&D) projects which should result in a new product, industrial process or service. Projects must be innovative, involve a technological risk and target large global markets. We welcome proposals from any technological or market area.

Opens: 19 November 2018
Closes: 27 February 2019
Registration closes: 11 March 2019
Programme: UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £1 million to develop innovative technologies targeting global markets in partnership with Israeli companies.

Made Smarter

Grants of up to 50% to support SMEs to develop Industrial Digital Technology. This is initially launching as a pilot in the North West of England. £20m of funding is available in this first round to support R&D projects, capital purchases, training, consultancy and student placements.

Opens: 2 January 2019
Closes: No deadline
Registration closes:
Programme: Made Smarter is a government-backed industrial strategy designed to boost UK manufacturing productivity and growth through the adoption of Industrial Digital Technology (IDT).

Eureka Eurostars 2: round 11

This competition is aimed at SMEs working on high-quality R&D projects across national borders. A Eurostars project must have a civilian purpose and be aimed at the development of a new product, process or service, with market introduction within 24 months of project end.

Opens: Open now
Closes: No deadline
Registration closes: 28 February 2019
Programme: Innovative SMEs can apply for a share of £2.5m to collaborate in research with partners across Europe and associated countries.

Ocean plastic solutions investment accelerator: reducing plastic pollution

Projects should be aimed at reducing plastic waste and pollution of the wider environment. Applicants must be UK based SMEs, and the work is to be carried out in the UK. You should clearly describe where revenue generation and growth will occur in the UK as a result of the innovation.

Opens: 2 January 2019
Closes: No deadline
Registration closes: 13 March 2019
Programme: This is an investment accelerator competition providing simultaneous grant funding and private investment from Sky Ocean Ventures for early stage projects led by UK companies.

Biomedical Catalyst

The Biomedical Catalyst offers funding to support the development of innovative healthcare products, technologies and processes. There are four competitions: Feasbility Studies; Primer; Early and Late Stage. These cover all stages of R&D up to early clinical trials.

Opens: 21 January 2019
Closes: No deadline
Registration closes: 3 April 2019
Programme: Grants to support projects costing from £50,000 up to £4m for projects that may be either single partner or collaborative.