On Friday 29th May 2020, Innovate UK announced they have paused the May 2020 round of their Smart Grants funding competition:
“We are pausing the next round of SMART while we review the number of applications received for the most recent round of SMART funding and best determine how it might sit alongside future funding opportunities to best support UK businesses. Further details will follow as soon as they are available.”
We suspect that for the January 2020 round, Innovate UK saw a huge increase in applications. This is likely due to:
As the ‘business-led innovation…’ £50,000 competition received 8,500 applications during it’s 2-week application window, we can only imagine how many applications have been submitted during the January Smart’s 4 and a half-month application window.
As Innovate UK are reviewing how the Smart ‘might sit alongside future funding opportunities’, we could see a restructure of how future rounds are ran; whether that means we see the competitions ran more frequently throughout the year, more available funding per round, or another re-brand!
Alternatively, we could simply see a delay in place to allow them time to process all the applications and allocate the funding accordingly.
All businesses interested in Innovate UK funding should keep an eye out for the next update. We will of course keep you updated with any developments via our blog, newsletter and social media.
In the meantime, we recommend looking into alternative funding competitions, and in particular, themed competitions which usually have a higher success rate.
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