Eligible UK public sector organisations can apply for up to £250,000 from the Knowledge Asset Grant Fund in this strand. The funding will aid exploitation of intangible assets that have a broader application or client base than their owner organisation.
Programme: Innovate UK
Award: Share of up to £250,000
Opens: 16th Jun 2023
Closes: 7th Sep 2023
The Knowledge Asset Grant Fund (KAGF) is run by the Government Office for Technology Transfer (GOTT) and funded by the Department for Science Innovation and Technology (DSIT).
The programme has £15 million funding available from 2021 to March 2025. Budget limits are imposed at each panel meeting to ensure only the best proposals are funded.
Innovate UK is administering this competition on behalf of GOTT.
The aim of this competition is to support the identification and development of public sector knowledge assets, including repurposing, commercialisation or expanded use. These assets can include:
Potential value includes financial, economic and social benefits and can be achieved through commercialisation or expanded use of the asset across government and stakeholder organisations.
Assets do not have to be potentially revenue generating to attract funding but you must provide a clear plan and timeline to leverage value, for example, as a spinout, licence, open source or prototype.
The Knowledge Asset Grant Fund will support projects, or project stages, which are not suitable to secure investment from private sources. For example, this could be to develop an asset for use across different organisations within government which usually do not collaborate.
This competition will prioritise projects in either of the following two themes:
These two themes support the government’s ambition for a greener and more digitally advanced future as set out in the Science and Technology Framework.
Innovate UK welcome applications from off-theme projects in this round. On-theme projects will be prioritised where funding is limited.
Your project must:
Under current restrictions, this competition will not fund any procurement, commercial, business development or supply chain activity with any Russian or Belarusian entity as lead, partner or subcontractor. This includes any goods or services originating from a Russian or Belarusian source.
To lead a project your organisation must be a UK public sector organisation headed by an Accounting Officer responsible for upholding Managing Public Money (MPM). Eligible organisations are generally central government organisations and their arm’s length bodies, though others may be in scope.
Your project must have approval from a Senior Civil Servant, or equivalent from the lead organisation, with delegation from the Accounting Officer, up to and including the value of the grant being sought.
Central government departments, Arm’s Length Bodies and Public Sector Research Establishments are eligible for the Knowledge Asset Grant Fund (KAGF).
The previous round of the Knowledge Asset Grant closed on 8 June 2023. From that point onward, organisations in the NHS secondary and tertiary care sector, and publicly owned commercial organisations, will not be eligible to apply for grant funding or other services from the Government Office for Technology Transfer (GOTT).
Subcontractors are allowed in this competition.
Subcontractors can be from anywhere in the UK and you must select them through your usual procurement process.
You can use subcontractors from overseas but must make the case in your application as to why you could not use suppliers from the UK.
You must provide a detailed rationale, evidence of the potential UK contractors you approached and the reasons why they were unable to work with you. Innovate UK will not accept a cheaper cost as a sufficient reason to use an overseas subcontractor.
All subcontractor costs must be justified and appropriate to the total project costs. An explanation must be provided as to why external expertise is needed. It is your organisation’s responsibility to ensure any spend of the grant fund follows existing commercial arrangements of your organisation and Crown Commercial rules.
The Knowledge Assets Grant Fund aims to support the development of public sector owned Knowledge Assets for the benefit for the UK. If the KAGF secretariat or panel concludes that the project would disproportionately benefit a subcontractor, the project will be deemed ineligible.
An eligible public sector organisation can lead on any number of applications for different projects.
You can use a previously submitted application to apply for this competition where there has been a significant improvement of the application.
Follow-on funding is permitted for a previously funded project, subject to demonstrating successful delivery of the previous project’s outcomes and evidence of positive additional impact from the new project. Any previous submissions to this fund regarding the same Knowledge Asset, and related assessments may be shared with assessors to inform scoring of the latest submission.
Innovate UK do not accept duplicate applications in the same funding round. If you have multiple projects which are similar, for example with similar outputs or products, you can consider combining the projects.
Innovate UK will not award funding if you or your organisation has failed to:
Innovate UK are not funding:
Organisations not eligible to apply for the KAGF include, but are not limited to:
Funding will not be conditional on:
The programme has £15 million total funding available from 2021 to March 2025 across all grant streams. Budget limits are imposed at each panel meeting to ensure only the best proposals are funded.
Funding will be in the form of a grant.
You can request 100% funding for your eligible project costs of between £100,001 up to a maximum of £250,000.
Eligible costs include but are not restricted to:
You must only include eligible project costs in your application.
If successful, your award will be finalised pending receipt of a grant agreement. This must be signed by the Senior Officer Responsible, with the appropriate delegation from their Accounting Officer, up to and including the full cost of your project.
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