R&D Funding Opportunities

In Spring 2022, the UK government announced its largest ever investment in R&D for the period 2022-2025 of £39.8bn.

The majority of funding is being delivered through the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and its partner organisations. The budget allocations will allow the government to deliver on the ambitions set out in its Innovation Strategy.

What does it mean for my organisation?

R&D grant funding helps to de-risk the innovation process. Accessing public funds allows organisations to create new and innovative products, processes and services with less investment of their own required.

This significant Government investment in innovation means there are numerous R&D funding opportunities available for academia, small, medium and large businesses across a wide range of sectors. However, navigating this funding landscape can be time consuming and complex.

As part of our commitment to help support and commercialise innovation, FIS360 is minimising the effort you need to find the funding you require by signposting you to the most up to date information on public sector R&D funding. We are also offering to send funding alerts to those organisations who wish to be kept up to date on new funding opportunities.

Where to look?

There is no ‘one-stop-shop’ that tells you about all of the available funding sources, however, there are a number of useful sites that between them, signpost you to the vast majority of the available public sector R&D funding opportunities:

The Knowledge Transfer Networks (KTN) Funding Opportunities page covers most UK public sector funding, EU opportunities and also private sector challenges available through their own Innovation Exchange programme.

The UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Funding Finder covers all of the funding competitions run by UKRI including all of the Research Councils.

The Innovate UK Innovation Funding Service (IFS) covers all funding competitions (grants, loans and R&D contracts) run by Innovate UK both on their own behalf and on behalf of other Government Departments.

For Ministry of Defence (MoD) funded opportunities related to the Defence and Security sectors and technology transfer, the Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) website provides information of open innovation competitions, innovation focus areas and themed competitions.

Game Changers is managed by FIS360. in partnership with NNL and funds feasibility and proof of concept projects that address challenges set by the nuclear sector. It also provides invaluable access to the end users

The Net Zero Technology Centre, is a public/private partnership based in Aberdeen. It funds R&D challenges to drive investment in net zero-related technologies. Its funding opportunities can be found here.

NB. Whilst the above sites capture the significant majority of the Governments announced.

R&D. funding, we recognise that other funding opportunities may exist.

Opportunities

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Please see below for some of the most recent public sector R&D funding opportunities:

Gov.uk Funding

DASA Competition: Defence Innovation Loans

Key features:

Loans of up to £1.6m with a below market interest rate of 7.4% per annum to help convert mature defence innovation into a strong business proposition for defence procurement.

Open Indefinitely 

Gov.uk Funding

Innovate UK Smart Grants: October 2022

Key features:

Innovate UK: UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £25 million for game-changing and commercially viable R&D innovation that can significantly impact the UK economy. This funding is from Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation.

This competition is open to single applicants and collaborations. To lead a project your organisation must:

  • be a UK registered business of any size or a UK registered research and technology organisation (RTO)
  • be or involve at least one micro, small or medium-sized enterprise (SME)
  • carry out all your research and development (R&D) project activity in the UK
  • intend to commercially exploit the project results from the UK

Opening date: 27/10/2022

Closing date: 18/01/2023

Gov.uk Funding

Horizon Europe Guarantee - EIT KICs 2022

Key features:

Innovate UK: This funding route is to deliver the UK Government’s Horizon Europe guarantee. Specifically, it covers funding for UK partners involved in EIT-KIC activities in the 2022 calendar year.

UK-based organisations involved in EIT-KIC activities in 2022 who would have received EIT grant funding had the UK been associated to Horizon Europe.

Open Indefinitely 

Gov.uk Funding

Net Zero Technology Centre

Key features:

Applications for NZTC 2023 Open Innovation Programme are now open.

NZTC are seeking data and digital technology-based solutions that will reduce offshore emissions, accelerate clean energy production, and enable delivery of the UK’s net zero ambitions.

Key Features

NZTC: Businesses from across the globe can apply for up to £500K NZTC funding with the potential of additional match funding from industry to support their technology development and deployment projects.

The projects must support the transition towards net zero with an obligation of trialling and deploying technology on the UK continental shelf. As well as funding, the projects will also gain access to data facilities and technical expertise from industry.

We are seeking digitally based solutions tied to a key use case that have the potential to make a material contribution towards the energy transition.

 

Open January 2023:

Closing date: 17 February 2023

Closing date: 17/02/2023

Gov.uk Funding

Novel low-emission food production systems: Industrial research

Key features:

Key Features

Innovate UK: UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £16 million to deliver, resource efficient, low-emission food production systems. Including alternative proteins and Total Controlled Environment Agriculture (TCEA).

This competition is open to collaborations only.

To lead an industrial research project your organisation must be a UK registered business of any size.

 

Opens:18 January 2023

Closes:19 April 2023

Opening date: 18/01/2023

Closing date: 19/04/2023

Gov.uk Funding

Novel low-emission food production systems: Feasibility studies

Key features:

Key Features

Innovate UK: UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £16 million to deliver resource efficient, low-emission food production systems. Including alternative proteins and Total Controlled Environment Agriculture (TCEA).

 

This competition is open to collaborations only.

To lead a feasibility studies project your organisation must be a UK registered:

    • business of any size
    • academic institution
    • research organisation
    • research and technology organisation (RTO)
    • charity
    • not for profit
    • public sector organisation

 

Opens:18 January 2023

Closes:19 April 2023

Opening date: 18/01/2023

Closing date: 19/04/2023

Gov.uk Funding

Net Zero Living: Fast Followers

Key features:

Key Features

Innovate UK: Local authorities can apply for a share of up to £6 million to build skills and capabilities to accelerate local progress towards net zero.

 

This competition is open to single applicants or collaborations.

To lead a project your organisation must be a UK registered local authority.

Opens:18 January 2023

Closes:1 March 2023

Opening date: 18/01/2023

Closing date: 01/03/2023

Gov.uk Funding

Innovation Loans Future Economy Competition: Round 8

Key features:

Key Features

Innovate UK: UK registered businesses can apply for loans for innovative projects with strong commercial potential to significantly improve the UK economy.

This competition is open to single small and medium sized enterprise (SME) applicants registered in the UK.

 

Opens:13 January 2023

Closes:8 March 2023

Closing date: 08/03/2023

Gov.uk Funding

Better Food for All: Innovation for improved nutrition, mid-stage

Key features:

Key Features

Innovate UK: UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £20 million over the three strands of the competition. Projects will support the development of innovative solutions to address significant nutrition challenges. This funding is from Innovate UK.

 

This competition is open to collaborations only.

To lead a mid-stage industrial research project your organisation must be a UK registered business of any size.

Opened:11 January 2023

Closes: 29 March 2023

Closing date: 29/03/2023

Gov.uk Funding

Better Food for All: Innovation for improved nutrition, early-stage

Key features:

Key Features

Innovate UK: UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £20 million over the three strands of the competition. Projects will support the development of innovative solutions to address significant nutrition challenges. This funding is from Innovate UK.

This competition is open to collaborations only. To lead an early-stage feasibility project your organisation must be a UK registered:

    • business of any size
    • research organisation
    • research and technology organisation (RTO)
    • charity
    • not for profit organisation
    • public sector organisation

 

Opened:11 January 2023

Closes:29 March 2023

Closing date: 29/03/2023

Gov.uk Funding

Innovative technologies for intracellular drug delivery

Key features:

Key Features

Innovate UK: UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £5 million. This is to support innovation in intracellular drug delivery formulations. This funding is from Innovate UK.

 

This competition is open to collaborations only.

To lead a project your organisation must be a UK registered:

    • business of any size
    • charity
    • not for profit
    • public sector organisation
    • research and technology organisation (RTO)

 

You must involve at least one grant claiming micro, small or medium-sized enterprise (SME).

Opened:9 January 2023

Closes:22 February 2023

 

Closing date: 22/02/2023

Gov.uk Funding

Farming Futures: automation and robotics, industrial research

Key features:

Key Features

Innovate UK: UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £12.5 million across the two strands of this competition, to develop innovative solutions for automation and robotics. This funding is from the Farming Futures R&D Fund.

This competition is open to collaborations only. To lead a project your organisation must be a UK registered business of any size.

 

Opened:9 January 2023

Closes:15 March 2023

Closing date: 15/03/2023

Gov.uk Funding

Automotive Transformation Fund Expression of Interest: Round 29

Key features:

Key Features

Innovate UK: UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £1 billion for capital centric investment projects that help industrialise the electrified automotive supply chain at scale in the UK.

This competition is open to single applicants and collaborations.

To lead a project your organisation must be a UK registered:

    • business of any size
    • carry out the project work in the UK
    • exploit the results from or in the UK

 

Opened:9 January 2023

Closes:1 February 2023

Closing date: 01/02/2023

Gov.uk Funding

Biomedical Catalyst 2023 Round 1: Industry-led R&D

Key features:

Key Features

Innovate UK: UK registered SMEs can apply for a share of up to £25 million to develop innovative solutions to health and healthcare challenges. This funding is from Innovate UK.

 

This competition is open to single applicants and collaborations.

To lead a project your organisation must be a UK registered micro, small or medium-sized enterprise (SME).

Opened:4 January 2023

Closes:1 March 2023

Closing date: 01/03/2023

Gov.uk Funding

Accelerating trustworthy AI: Phase 1 feasibility study

Key features:

Key Features

Innovate UK: UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £2 million in grant funding to form consortia to deliver feasibility studies.

 

This competition is open to single applicants.

To lead a project your organisation must be a UK registered:

Opened:12 December 2022

Closes:25 January 2023

Closing date: 25/01/2023

Gov.uk Funding

Sustainable bio-based materials and manufacture: feasibility study

Key features:

Key Features

Innovate UK: UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £2 million for feasibility studies to develop and improve sustainable biomanufacturing in the UK.

This competition is only open to collaborative applications.

To lead a project your organisation must be a UK registered:

    • business of any size
    • academic institution
    • research organisation
    • research and technology organisation (RTO)
    • charity
    • not for profit
    • public sector organisation

 

Opened:7 December 2022

Closes:1 February 2023

 

Closing date: 01/02/2023

Gov.uk Funding

Creative Catalyst 2023

Key features:

Key Features

Innovate UK: UK registered micro and small businesses in the creative industries sector, can apply for funding up to £50,000 with a package of support to grow their business.

 

This competition is open to single applicants only.

To lead a project your organisation must:

    • be a UK registered micro or small business
    • have not previously received funding from Innovate UK

 

Opened:5 December 2022

Closes:15 February 2023

Closing date: 15/02/2023

Gov.uk Funding

DCMS Create Growth Fund: Competition 1

Key features:

Key Features

Innovate UK: 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. This funding is from Innovate UK and includes support from Innovate UK KTN.

 

This competition is open to single applicants only.

To lead a project your organisation must be:

    • a UK registered micro, small or medium size enterprise (SME)
    • from the creative industries
    • registered in one of the DCMS Create Growth Programme appointed regions
    • not currently in receipt of public funding for business growth
    • able to demonstrate ambition for growth

 

Opened:28 November 2022

Closes:8 February 2023

 

Closing date: 08/02/2023