A share of up to £2 million is available for trials to build evidence on how to encourage SMEs to adopt productivity boosting technology or management practices.
Programme: Innovate UK
Award: Share of up to £2 million
Opens: 28th Jan 2019
Closes: 17th Apr 2019
The Business Basics Fund aims to test innovative ways of encouraging SMEs to adopt existing technologies and business practices that boost productivity.
This competition is for trial projects where the lead applicant is a business.
Your proposal must relate to the actions SMEs can take to become more productive by:
Your project must be a trial which will effectively demonstrate the causal link between the approaches you are testing and the desired outcomes. It is expected that trials will use a control (comparison group) and preferably one of the following:
If your proposal is successful you will need to complete and register a trial protocol before the trial starts.
Your project must also:
Project results will be independently evaluated and published. In applying for this competition, you agree to share all data collected as part of the trial with BEIS and any appointed contractor.
You may want to consider approaches that:
To lead a project or work alone you must:
Projects involving diverse organisations are welcome.
To be a funded collaborator you must:
You can apply for up to £400,000 in grant funding to run a trial.
You must carry out your project work in England.
Projects must start by 1 September 2019, end by 31 September 2020 and last up to 12 months. Evaluation of the longer-term impact may continue after the end of the project.
For feasibility studies and industrial research projects, you could get funding for your eligible project costs of:
For experimental development projects which are nearer to market, you could get funding for your eligible project costs of:
Research organisations, charities, not for profit companies and public sector organisations can receive funding of 100% of their eligible project costs providing they do not intend to engage in economic activity as a result of the proposed project. For universities, this equates to 80% of full economic costs (FEC).
Projects will not be funded if they: