UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £15 million to work on innovation projects in manufacturing and/or materials.
Programme: Innovate UK
Award: Up to 1.4m
Opens: 8th May 2017
Closes: 12th Jul 2017
The aim of this competition is to stimulate and broaden innovation in manufacturing and materials. Innovate UK will fund a range of projects that address identified technical or commercial challenges.
Projects should increase productivity, competitiveness and growth for UK businesses, especially small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
A project may focus on technical feasibility, industrial research or experimental development. The categorisation will depend on the type of challenge being addressed.
For example, this may be achieved by:
A project must cover at least one, from either of, the following areas:
For this competition, materials include but are not limited to:
You must show how your proposal will enable a step change in competitiveness and productivity for at least one UK SME involved in the project.
To be eligible you must:
Funding and project details
Project costs of up to £100,000
If you are an SME and expect your eligible project costs to be up to £100,000 and the project to last no longer than 12 months, you may run the project on your own. You may also work with other businesses or research organisations.
Project costs of £100,000 or above
If you expect your eligible project costs to be more than £100,000 or the project to last longer than 12 months, you must work with other organisations. At least one of these must be an SME.
Your project may focus on technical feasibility, industrial research or experimental development. This will depend on the challenge.
For technical feasibility studies and industrial research, you could receive up to 70% of your eligible project costs if you are an SME.
For experimental development projects that are nearer to market, you could receive up to 45% of your eligible project costs if you are an SME.