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Funding and opportunities (including COVID-19)

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…


£25m Innovate UK Smart Grants

Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, is investing up to £25 million in the best game-changing or disruptive R&D innovations which have significant potential to impact on the UK…


£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. The number…


Open Data Fund

Open Data Fund - £30,000 funding available

The 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…


£40m Healthy Ageing Funding: Information Session - 4 October

A £40m Healthy Ageing Trailblazers funding competition is now open for applications. As part of the UK government’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, the Healthy Ageing Challenge asks industry and…


£90K space data analytics funding

£90K of funding is available through a Small Business Research Initiative competition for new space data analytics projects. The Department of Health (DoH) Northern Ireland funding is intended for…


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£19m electrification project funding

Businesses can apply for a share of £19 million of Innovate UK funding to develop supply chain processes that will help to deliver electrification in the UK. The UK will need to switch to…


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£55m Energy Project Funding

A number of Innovate UK funding opportunities are available for energy projects. 1. Energy Catalyst Round 7 - £22m Energy Catalyst is focused on the needs of poor households, businesses and services…


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European Space Agency Message - multiple calls

Space Is Open For Business - with significant funding opportunities for local SMEs The City Innovation Unit in Belfast City Council has strong ties with the European Space Agency, our…


'Amazing spaces, Smart places' £120,000 SBRI

Is your organisation interested in working with us to use innovative digital tech to help us to better manage our urban parks and open spaces? Contracts of up to £20,000 will be awarded for a period…