A range of funding opportunities and competitions are available through Innovate UK, the Small Business Research Initiative and Horizon 2020.

Innovate UK and UKRI funding

£98m Healthy Ageing Challenge 
As part of the UK government’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, the Healthy Ageing Challenge asks industry and researchers to develop products and services to support an ageing society. Up to £98 million will be invested in research and innovation that supports people as they age. Over the coming years, there will be a series of opportunities for UK-based businesses and researchers. Find out more >>

Commercialising quantum technology: technology projects (Closing date: 5 February 2020)
UK businesses can express an interest in applying for a share of up to £30 million to collaborate on quantum technology development projects. Find out more >>

ISCF transforming foundation industries: fast start projects (Closing date: 5 February 2020)
UK registered organisations can apply for a share of £5 million for fast start projects to improve the resource and energy efficiency of foundation industries. Find out more >>

Eureka Eurostars 2: round 13 (Closing date: 13 February 2020)
UK SMEs can apply for a share of up to £2.5 million to collaborate in research with partners across Europe and associated countries. Find out more >>

ISCF smart sustainable plastic packaging: demonstrator projects (Closing date: 19 February 2020)
UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £12 million for practical demonstrator projects in smart and sustainable plastic packaging. Find out more >>

ISCF smart sustainable plastic packaging: feasibility studies for demonstrators (Closing date: 19 February 2020)
UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £700,000 to develop proposals for practical demonstrator projects in smart and sustainable plastic packaging. Find out more >>

ISCF TFP science and technology into practice: feasibility studies (Closing date: 26 February 2020)
Apply for between £75,000 and £250,000 to test the feasibility of solutions that can transform food production and help the industry move towards net zero emissions by 2040. This funding is from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. Find out more >>

ISCF TFP science and technology into practice: demonstration (Closing date: 26 February 2020)
Apply for between £400,000 and £4 million to demonstrate solutions that can transform food production and help the industry move towards net zero emissions by 2040. This funding is from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. Find out more >>

UK-Israel open collaborative R&D competition 2019 (Closing date: 26 February 2020)
UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £1.5 million to develop innovative technologies targeting global markets in partnership with Israeli companies. Find out more >>

APC 15: developing the UK’s low carbon automotive capability (Closing date: 4 March 2020)
UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £30 million for UK-developed late stage R&D, to support growth in advanced low carbon propulsion capability in the automotive sector. Find out more >>

ISCF smart sustainable plastic packaging: feasibility studies and industrial research (Closing date: 1 April 2020)
UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £1 million for early-stage projects in smart and sustainable plastic packaging. This funding is from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. Find out more >>

Innovate UK Smart Grants: January 2020 (Closing date: 22 April 2020)
Opportunity to apply for a share of up to £25 million to deliver ambitious or disruptive R&D innovations that can make a significant impact on the UK economy. Find out more >>

UK-Canada: enhancing agricultural productivity and sustainability (Closing date: 20 May 2020)
UK businesses with Canadian business partners can apply for a share of up to £2 million, from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, for innovative projects that enhance productivity and sustainability of crop, livestock and aquaculture systems. Find out more >>


SBRI funding competitions

The Small Business Research Initiative supports a range of competitions with public sector organisations and departments.

SBRI: innovation in automated survey processing for railway structure gauging, phase 1 (Closing date: 29 January 2020)
Businesses can apply for a share of £720,000, plus VAT, to develop a demonstrator for automated railway structure gauging processing. Find out more >>

SBRI: innovation in railway platform end and edge technology (Closing date: 29 January 2020)
Opportunity for businesses to apply for a share of £1.08 million, plus VAT, to develop solutions to detect and deter trespass at railway platform ends and edges. Find out more >>

SBRI rail demonstrations: first of a kind 2020 (Closing date: 11 March 2020)
Businesses from the UK, EU or EEA can apply for a share of up to £9.4 million, including VAT, to develop demonstrators for sustainability, customer experience, operations or maintenance. Find out more >>


Horizon 2020 funding

There are also opportunities for funding through the Horizon 2020 programme which focuses on European projects in research and innovation.


Other funding

NI Open Data Fund (Closing date: 7 February 2020)
The NI Department of Finance has opened a £30,000 Innovation and Outreach Fund to encourage the use of open data. Awards of between £300 and up to £5,000 are available to fund the development of apps or other interactive visualisations that make innovative use of data on the Open Data NI portal. Find out more >>

Invest NI Innovation Vouchers
What could a £5,000 Innovation Voucher do for your business? An Innovation Voucher provides funding to small and medium sized businesses to work with an expert Knowledge Provider from a university, college or other public sector research body bringing new knowledge to help businesses innovate, develop and grow.


More information

Find out more about funding opportunities on the Innovate UK website and Invest NI website.