Innovate U.K – November Opportunities

Do you have a great business idea that will change the way we do things for good? Innovate U.K is investing millions into U.K businesses that are disrupting their industries. If you’re confident your business has what it takes to take on the existing competition in your sector, check out the latest funding opportunities and apply today.

Innovation loans: September 2018 open competition

Innovate UK is to offer up to £10 million in loans to micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Projects should aim to develop new products, processes or services (or innovative use of existing ones) believed to be significantly ahead of anything similar in the field. Think you’re the right one for this? This opportunity closes on Wednesday 14th November. Find out more and apply!

IDP 15: the road to zero emission vehicles, large R&D

U.K businesses can apply for up to £4 million to research and develop technologies that accelerate the transition to zero emission vehicles. Innovate U.K expect the project innovation will, at the end of the project, have a viable route to market in support of the future supply chain for zero emission vehicles. Apply here by 12pm on Thursday 6th December.

Faraday Battery Challenge: innovation R&D, round 3

U.K businesses can apply for a share of up to £23 million for R&D projects focused on de-risking the scale up of battery development technology. This funding comes from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. Projects must focus on the technical or commercial challenges in battery innovation, development and manufacture through UK supply chains. All projects must be a collaboration between at least 2 partners. To find out more and apply, click here.

Open grant funding competition: round 3

You have an opportunity to apply for a share of up to £20 million to deliver game changing or disruptive innovations with significant potential for impact on the UK economy. Applications can come from any area of technology, science or engineering, including arts, design, media or creative industries, and be applied to any part of the economy. The deadline is Wednesday 14th November at 12pm. Apply here.

Agri-tech Catalyst round 7: agriculture and food systems innovation

There is up to £3 million of funding available from the Department for International Development (DFID) for early-stage feasibility studies, mid stage industrial research and late-stage experimental development. Projects must work on agri-tech and food chain innovations with partners in eligible African countries. Interested? Apply here by 12pm on Wednesday 21st November.

Energy Catalyst round 6: transforming energy access

Organisations can apply for a share of up to £10 million to address the need for clean, affordable and secure energy in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. The aim of this competition is to support highly innovative, market-focused energy solutions in any technology or sector or international market. Find out more and apply here by 12pm on Wednesday 14th November.

November expression of interest: UK Aerospace Research and Technology Programme

The U.K Aerospace Research and Technology (UKART) Programme represents a £3.9 billion joint government and industry investment to maintain and grow the UK’s competitive position in civil aerospace. To lead a project or work alone you must:

  • be a UK based business, of any size, for research projects
  • be a UK based business, of any size, an academic organisation or a research technology organisation (RTO) or academic organisation for capital investment projects
  • plan to carry out an aerospace research or technology development project in the UK
  • address the specific requirements of the UK Aerospace Technology Strategy
  • sign up to the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) framework agreement

Apply for this competition here by 12pm on Wednesday 21st November.

Planning rail capacity through automated infrastructure design

Network Rail will work with Innovate U.K, as part of U.K Research and Innovation, to invest up to £300,000. This will support the development and demonstration of new capability in automated design. Your project must:

  • build on existing generative design technologies
  • develop solutions relevant to rail
  • prove your idea’s feasibility at as high a level of maturity as possible

To find out more, click here and apply by 12pm on Wednesday 19th December.

SBRI: improve firefighters’ operations and safety with digital technology

Organisations can apply for a share of £1.25 million (including VAT) for an instantly deployable solution for real time tracking of firefighters at incidents. The aim of the competition is to instantly track firefighters inside a building in hostile and hazardous conditions. This will improve operational situation awareness and safety. Interested? Apply here by 12pm on Wednesday 21st November.

Production innovation for immersive content

U.K businesses can apply for a share of up to £8 million for research and development projects to create faster, more efficient immersive content. This funding is from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. The competition aims to explore future commercial opportunities in creative industries by funding pre-commercial innovative projects which:

  • enable immersive content to be created faster, more efficiently or in new ways, and
  • improve significantly on the current ‘state of the art’ in the field

Apply for this opportunity here by 12pm on Wednesday 28th November.

UK Aerospace Research and Technology Programme: fast-track collaborative R&D EoI

UK organisations can apply for a share of up to £8 million to carry out collaborative R&D, collaborative fast-track and feasibility projects that enhance the UK’s position in civil aerospace. The aim of this funding is to support and speed up industry investment focused on supply chain companies. Innovate U.K are looking for high risk, high impact projects that demonstrate forward-looking, revolutionary and disruptive solutions to UK aerospace challenges. To find out more and apply, click here.

Can’t find what you’re looking for? Head over to and check out our extensive list of funding resources. We’ll be able to help you find the grants that best match your business needs. You’ll also be able to check you eligibility for each of these grants via our platform, as our smart engine will match your business with the eligible options.

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