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

Smart Belfast

Augment the City XR funding competition
£575K funding to support local SMEs to innovate in immersive technologies to enhance the visitor experience in Belfast. Find out more >>

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

View the full list of funding opportunities on the Innovate UK and UKRI websites.

£4m UK and South Korea data driven urban innovation Bi-Lateral
Business can apply for funding to explore the potential of data driven innovations in cities that will deliver positive impact around key urban issues including mobility, disaster management, net zero and other data-centric solutions. Projects must have a South Korean partner. 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 >>

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.