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


COVID-19 related funding and opportunities

UKRI Funding – 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. Find out more >>

National hotlines for organisations to offer their capabilities in helping to tackle COVID-19:

Invest NI

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. Find out more >>

Innovation, research and development grants
Invest NI can offer funding support to eligible businesses looking to plan or undertake R&D projects. The funding can help you to plan, develop and test your ideas; build and test a prototype; create and refine your concept design; and secure intellectual property.  Find out more >>

Innovate UK and UKRI funding

Innovate UK is organising a series of masterclasses in 2020 to help Northern Ireland businesses understand the process of applying for their funding. Find out more >>

£30m 5G Create Testbeds and Trials
Up to £30m of funding is available to explore and develop new use cases and sustainable business models for 5G applications and services. This funding competition is open to all sectors, including Creative Industries, Utilities, Health and Social Care and Logistics. Find out more >>

£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 >>

EUREKA collaborative R&D: advanced materials (Closing date: 30 June 2020)
UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £1 million for advanced materials R&D projects partnering with EUREKA country organisations, including South Korea. Find out more >>

SBRI funding competitions

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

Horizon 2020 funding

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

More information

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

If your business is located within the Belfast City Council area, you can also receive support and advice from the council’s Economic Development Team at belfastcity.gov.uk/business.