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.

Eurostars

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

Meridian 2: Connected vehicles data exchange

The aim is to create the world’s most effective CAV testing ecosystem. This should be located in the defined geographical area, between the West Midlands and the South East as detailed in the competition scope.

Opens: 4 June 2018
Closes: No deadline
Registration closes: 29 August 2018
Programme: CCAV expects to support one project. Preference is given to projects that prove they can deliver operational facilities that complement or build on existing facilities within the UK CAV eco system

Meridian 3: Autonomous highway, rural and parking test facilities

The Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV) will invest up to £25m in partnership with Meridian Mobility and Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation. This is to develop CAV testing infrastructure for autonomous parking and autonomous driving on rural roads and highways.

Opens: Open now
Closes: No deadline
Registration closes: 29 August 2018
Programme: The aim is to create the world’s most effective CAV testing ecosystem.

Business Basics: boosting SME productivity (trial strand)

The government announced the Business Basics Programme in its Industrial Strategy. The programme will test innovative ways of encouraging micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to adopt existing technologies and business practices that can boost their productivity.

Opens: Open Now
Closes: No Deadline
Registration closes: 4 September 2018
Programme: The funding will be used to develop and trial ideas for increasing the adoption of productivity-boosting technology and business practices among SMEs.

Business Basics: boosting SME productivity (proof of concept strand)

The programme will test innovative ways of encouraging micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to adopt existing technologies and business practices that can boost their productivity.

Opens: Open Now
Closes: No Deadline
Registration closes: 4 Spetember 2018
Programme: The funding will be used to develop and trial ideas for increasing the adoption of productivity-boosting technology and business practices among SMEs.

EUROSTARS

Eurostars is the only European funding programme to be specifically dedicated to support R&D-performing SMEs in their innovative R&D projects.

Opens: Open now
Closes: No Dealine
Registration closes: 13 September 2018
Programme: With its bottom-up approach, it stimulates international collaborative research and innovation projects that will be rapidly commercialised.

Innovation Loans: July 2018 Open Competition

The Innovation Loans scheme aims to provide finance that is affordable, patient and flexible for later-stage innovation projects that have a clear route to commercial success.

Opens: Open now
Closes: No Deadline
Registration closes: 29 August 2018
Programme: 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.

Electric vehicle charging for public spaces: feasibility studies

The Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) and Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £20 million across a 2-phase competition.

Opens: 9 July 2018
Closes: No Deadline
Registration closes: 29 August 2018
Programme: This is for innovation projects to develop business cases and deploy new approaches to electric vehicle (EV) charging.

Funding competition: Energy Entrepreneurs Fund

Grants from Department for Business, Energy, Innovation and Skills for energy innovation projects

Opens: Open now
Closes: 3 August 2018
Registration closes: 14 September 2018
Programme: Support will be given to proposals offering: Improved performance over existing technologies and products Novel component technologies that can be implemented in existing systems

Increase productivity, performance and quality in UK construction

The aim of this competition is to invest in solutions to improve productivity, quality and performance of the UK construction sector. Specifically projects to improve the one of the three core stages of the construction lifecycle:

Opens: 23 July 2018
Closes: No deadline
Registration closes: 19 September 2018
Programme: Projects must address the objectives of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund on Transforming Construction and show how they will contribute to its impact.

Investment accelerator: innovation in precision medicine

The aim of this competition is to support the commercial development of significant innovation in precision medicine (PM) technologies.

Opens: 23 July 2018
Closes: No deadline
Registration closes: 26 September 2018
Programme: Precision medicine is defined as technology that enables early and accurate diagnosis which help with patient management or therapy selection.

SBRI: antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in humans

This is a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition to address antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

Opens: 16 July 2018
Closes: No Deadline
Registration closes: 22 September 2018
Programme: The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) will invest up to £10 million in 2 simultaneous competition strands.

SBRI: developing responsive rural community connections

This is a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition with funding provided by the GovTech Catalyst

Opens: 16 July 2018
Closes: No deadline
Registration closes: 29 August 2018
Programme: The aim is to reduce loneliness and connect rural communities through low cost, co-designed, user-friendly technology.

August call APC 11: Advancing the UK’s low carbon automotive capability

£20 million of collaborative match funding is available for UK-developed late stage R&D to support advanced low carbon propulsion technologies in automotive.

Opens: 6 August 2018
Closes: No Dealine
Registration closes: 3 October 2018
Programme: APC 11 is seeking proposals for UK based R&D projects that significantly reduce carbon dioxide emissions and improve air quality.

August call. Biomedical Catalyst 2018: Late stage award

UK SMEs can apply for a share of up to £10 million to work alone or with others on testing a well-developed product or process in an environment relevant to its intended use.

Opens: 6 August 2018
Closes: No Deadline
Registration closes: 3 October 2018
Programme: This is a competition for a primer award in the Biomedical Catalyst.

August call. Biomedical Catalyst 2018: primer award

UK SMEs can apply for a share of up to £5 million to work alone or with others on solving healthcare challenges in a model system.

Opens: 6 August 2018
Closes: No deadline
Registration closes: 3 October 2018
Programme: This is a competition for a primer award in the Biomedical Catalyst.

August Expression of Interest: UK Aerospace Research and Technology

The UK Aerospace Research and Technology (UKART) Programme represents a £3.9 billion joint government and industry investment to maintain and grow the UK’s competitive position in civil aerospace.

Opens: 6 August 2018
Closes: No Deadline
Registration closes: 22 October 2018
Programme: This is Stage 1 of a 4-stage application process.