Funding Opportunities – Innovate UK

NEW INNOVATORS IN COMMUNICATION NETWORKS 2024

UK-registered micro and small businesses can apply for a share of up to £500,000 to develop adoptable and investable innovations within communication networks. This funding is from the Telecoms Technology Missions Fund programme.

Eligibility summary

This competition is open to single applicants only.

To lead a project your organisation must:

  • be a UK-registered micro or small business
  • not have previously been awarded funding from Innovate UK
  • carry out its project work in the UK
  • intend to exploit the project outcomes from the UK for domestic or global benefit

SMART SHIPPING ACCELERATION FUND  (funded by DfT)

UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £8 million for innovative smart shipping technologies for maritime decarbonisation.

Eligibility summary

This competition is open to collaborations only.

To lead a project your organisation must be a UK registered business.

INTERNATIONAL GREEN CORRIDORS FUND: UK-IRELAND FEASIBILITY STUDIES 

UK registered organisations and Irish organisations can apply for a share of up to a combined total of £860,000 (EUR 1 million) for joint research and development projects focused on UK and Irish green shipping corridor routes.

Eligibility summary

This competition is open to Ireland and UK collaborations only.

The project consortium must include:

  • a UK registered port or harbour
  • an eligible Irish registered port or harbour
  • a UK or Irish registered business that is a vessel owner or operator with a vessel operating on a route between Ireland and the UK

INNOVATE UK INESTOR PARTNERSHIP: INVESTOR SELECTION

Investors can apply to partner with Innovate UK to invest in innovative micro, small and medium-sized enterprises aligned with grant funding.

Eligibility summary

To be considered as an investor partner you must:

  • be an investor
  • demonstrate that you are credible, have capacity for investment and have the capability to be an Innovate UK investor partner
  • confirm an interest in investing in businesses innovating in one or more of the future economy areas described in the Innovate UK plan for action
  • demonstrate your good financial standing

DESIGN FOUNDATIONS ROUND FIVE

UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £2 million for people centred and systemic design projects across a range of themes and innovation areas. These are to influence, inform and de-risk their future research and development activity.

Eligibility summary

This competition is open to collaborations only.

To lead a project your organisation must be a UK-registered business.

DCMS CREATED GROWTH PROGRAMME COMPETITION THREE  (DCMS Funded)

UK registered micro, small and medium enterprises in the creative sector can apply for funding of between £10,000 and £30,000 for innovation projects to grow their business.

Eligibility summary

To lead a project your organisation must be:

Creative industries are those industries which have their origin in individual creativity, skill and talent and which have a potential for wealth and job creation through the generation and exploitation of intellectual property.

KNOWLEDGE ASSET GRANT FUND: EXPAND, 2024 TO 2025

Eligible UK public sector organisations can apply for up to £100,000 from the Knowledge Asset Grant Fund in this strand.

Eligibility summary

This competition is open to single applicants only. Other organisations may contribute to the project as a subcontractor.

To lead a project your organisation must be a UK government public sector organisation headed by an Accounting Officer responsible for upholding Managing Public Money (MPM).

This includes:

  • UK government departments
  • arms-length bodies
  • public sector research establishments (PSREs)

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