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

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

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

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).

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.

Digital health technology catalyst round 4: collaborative R&D

UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £5 million to develop new digital health solutions addressing major healthcare challenges. You must show how your project will improve the competitiveness and productivity of at least one UK SME involved in the project.

Opens: 11 February 2019
Closes: No Deadline
Registration closes: 10 April 2019
Programme: Innovate UK will select and fund a portfolio of projects, across a variety of technologies, markets and healthcare needs, that demonstrate the potential for significant innovation

UK and Canada: enhancing industrial productivity

EUREKA will fund a variety of technologies, markets, technological maturities and research categories to build a portfolio of projects that will enhance industrial productivity.

Opens: 11 February 2019
Closes: No Deadline
Registration closes: 2 May 2019
Programme: UK and Canada are looking to fund projects across a variety of technologies, markets, technological maturities and research categories

Developing digital roads and improving air quality; development.

The aim of this competition is to generate practical ideas and solutions to improve the design, management and use of the UK road network.

Opens: 11 February 2019
Closes: No Deadline
Registration closes: 1 May 2019
Programme: Highways England is investing up to £20 million across 2 parallel competitions to develop innovative ideas and solutions to change the way UK roads are designed, managed and used.

Developing digital roads and improving air quality; feasibility study and development.

The aim of this competition is to generate practical ideas and solutions to improved the design, management and use of the UK road network.

Opens: 11 February 2019
Closes: No Deadline
Registration closes: 1 May 2019
Programme: This is a 2 phase Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition. It is for projects where feasibility has not yet been proven (low technology readiness level).