09 Nov 2023

Innovate UK Launchpad Funding Competitons

Bethan Roullier
Head of BD Grants

Innovate UK Launchpads is a programme aimed at supporting emerging clusters of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the UK.

Tailored to specific geographic clusters, each Launchpad welcomes businesses of all sizes, extending innovation funding, support services, and networking opportunities. The aim is to empower businesses to innovate, expand, and scale their operations.

Launchpads cater to a specific innovation cluster, addressing some of the key challenges facing SMEs in the cluster, which may be access to innovation finance and collaboration. 

Discover the open Innovate UK Launchpads  funding opportunities below:

Net Zero

Net Zero Industry, South West Wales

UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £2 million for projects that grow activities in the net zero industrial cluster in South West Wales. Your business must be active or growing work activities in the net zero industrial innovation cluster in South West Wales, consisting of Carmarthenshire, Neath-Port Talbot, Pembrokeshire and Swansea.

Launchpad: Net Zero Industry, South West Wales – R1 MFA 

Launchpad: Net Zero Industry, South West Wales – R1 CR&D

Programme: Innovate UK
Award: Share of up to £2 million
Deadline: 13th Dec 2023

Digital Technologies

Health Technology, West Yorkshire

UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £2 million for business led projects that grow activities in the health technology innovation cluster in West Yorkshire.

Launchpad: Health Technology, West Yorkshire – R1 MFA

Launchpad: Health Technology, West Yorkshire – R1 CR&D

Programme: Innovate UK
Award: Share of up to £2 million
Deadline: 13th Dec 2023

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Digital Technologies, North East England

UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £2 million for business led projects that grow activities in the digital technologies cluster in North East England. Your business must be active or growing work activities in the digital technologies innovation cluster in North East England, consisting of Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, and County Durham.

Launchpad: Digital Technologies, North East England – R1 MFA 

Launchpad: Digital Technologies, North East England – R1 CR&D

Programme: Innovate UK
Award: Share of up to £2 million
Deadline: 13th Dec 2023

Life sciences

Life and Health Sciences, Northern Ireland

UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £2 million for business led projects that grow activities in the life and health sciences innovation cluster in Northern Ireland. This funding is from Innovate UK.

Launchpad: Life and Health Sciences, Northern Ireland – R1 MFA 

Launchpad: Life and Health Sciences, Northern Ireland – R1 CR&D

Programme: Innovate UK
Award: Share of up to £2 million
Deadline: 13th Dec 2023

Scotland Manufacturing

Bio-based Manufacturing in Scotland

UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £2 million for business  led projects that grow activities in the bio-based manufacturing innovation cluster in Scotland. Your project must contribute to Scotland’s industrial biotechnology strategy and ambitions to grow related company turnover in this sector beyond £1.2 billion by 2026.

Launchpad: Bio-based Manufacturing in Scotland – R1 MFA 

Launchpad: Bio-based Manufacturing in Scotland – R1 CR&D

Programme: Innovate UK
Award: Share of up to £2 million
Deadline: 13th Dec 2023

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Immersive & Creative, Coventry & Warwickshire

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £2 million for projects that grow activities in the immersive and creative industries cluster centred on Coventry and Warwickshire in the West Midlands.

Launchpad: Immersive & Creative, Coventry & Warwickshire – R1 MFA 

Launchpad: Immersive & Creative, Coventry & Warwickshire – R1 CR&D

Programme: Innovate UK
Award: Share of up to £2 million
Deadline: 6th Dec 2023

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Marine and maritime in the Great South West

UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £2 million for business led projects that grow activities in the marine and maritime cluster in the Great South West. This funding is from Innovate UK.

Launchpad: Marine and maritime in the Great South West – R1 MFA 

Launchpad: Marine and maritime in the Great South West – R1 CR&D

Programme: Innovate UK
Award: Share of up to £2 million
Deadline: 6th Dec 2023

Farming

Agri-tech and Food Tech in Eastern England

UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £2 million for business led projects that grow activities in the agri-tech and food technology cluster in Eastern England. Eastern England is defined as the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership area, Cambridgeshire, Peterborough, Norfolk and Suffolk.

Launchpad: Agri-tech and Food Tech in Eastern England – R1 MFA 

Launchpad: Agri-tech and Food Tech in Eastern England – CR&D

Programme: Innovate UK
Award: Share of up to £2 million
Deadline: 6th Dec 2023

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