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Millions in funding opportunities available for UK businesses – we have the details and how to apply

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Please see below a list of all the current funding opportunities available to UK businesses on behalf of Innovate UK. Do make sure you check individual competition dates as they may have been extended.

For example, UK registered SMEs that are transforming food production towards net-zero can apply for a share of up to £5 million in grant support.

UK Research and Innovation has also recently announced that it is investing £33 million into the Made Smarter Innovation Hub programme.

Made Smarter innovation hubs are set to accelerate digital innovation in the manufacturing sector, boost recovery and enhance productivity and sustainability. They are designed to support innovative manufacturers and technology providers of all sizes to co-create transformative digital solutions across manufacturing and supply chains.

UK Research and Innovation is investing £33 million into the Made Smarter Innovation Hub programme. Image Source: UKRI

Now onto the funding…

5G road and rail transport trials in the West Midlands, Round 2
UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £2.5 million to support the development of 5G enabled transport innovations.
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Expression of interest: Auto transformation fund November 2020
UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £1 billion for capital investment and research and development projects that help industrialise the electrified automotive supply chain at scale in the UK.
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Expression of interest: ATI Programme strategic batch: Dec 2020
The ATI Programme funds industrial research and investment aid for research infrastructures to make the UK civil aerospace sector more competitive.
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Are you a company transforming food production?

SMEs transforming food production: series A investor partnership
UK registered SMEs that are transforming food production towards net-zero can apply for a share of up to £5 million in grant support. This must align with a series A investment.
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Transforming Foundation industries: Investor partner selection
Investors can apply to align their investments with up to £7 million grant funding from Innovate UK to make foundation industries globally competitive.
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Development of the Digital Security by Design software ecosystem
UK-registered small or medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can apply for a share of up to £1.5 million for fast-start, short-term projects.
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Future Leaders Fellowships: Round 6
The Future Leaders Fellowships is a £900 million fund for early career researchers and innovators. It supports research and innovation by outstanding individuals and helps them to establish themselves in universities, UK-registered businesses and other research and innovation environments.
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ATI programme: R&D funding for smaller business, expression of interest, Autumn 2020
UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £8 million to carry out industry-led civil aerospace collaborative R&D projects. This funding is from the ATI Programme.
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Faraday Battery Challenge: Innovation R&D (multiple streams)
UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £10 million in grant funding for innovation in electric vehicle battery technology.
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UK /Canada biomanufacturing innovations in cell and gene therapies
A collaborative opportunity with the National Research Council of Canada on process improvement in biomanufacturing of gene and cell therapies.
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Innovation Scholars secondments: biomedical sciences
UKRI invites applications for individuals wishing to spend up to 36 months (full or part-time) on secondment. Both the individuals and the proposals can come from any discipline.
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Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP)
KTP’s help businesses to partner with an academic organisation, research organisation or a Catapult, to employ a graduate with the skills and knowledge that can help the business to innovate and grow.
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ISCF Future Plastic Packaging Solutions
UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £2 million for early-stage projects in smart and sustainable plastic packaging.
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Get funding for ideas that address COVID-19
Proposals are invited for short-term projects addressing and mitigating the health, social, economic, cultural and environmental impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak.
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Apply to switch your existing funding to COVID-19 priority areas
UKRI has put in place the following process to allow researchers to repurpose existing UKRI standard grant to address COVID-19 research priorities.
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SBRI funded competitions
SBRI supports a range of competitions with public sector organisations and departments. Find out more about SBRI: the Small Business Research Initiative here.

Latest SBRI competitions:
SBRI: AI supporting early detection and diagnosis in heart failure management
Organisations can apply for a share of £120,000 inclusive of VAT, to develop an AI tool to provide accessible heart failure data from routine patient information.
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SBRI: Innovate at HS2 2020, phase 1
Organisations can apply for a share of £300,000, inclusive of VAT, to support HS2 through innovation in construction and design.
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