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Funding opportunities and competitions

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…


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Belfast HUB-IN Challenge Fund

The Belfast HUB-IN Challenge Fund is supporting Belfast’s digital and creative companies to develop and trial innovative digital products and experiences to help animate and enrich Belfast's Maritime…


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£575,000 Augment the City Challenge Competition

A new £575,000 XR funding competition, launching in spring 2024, will support local SMEs to innovate in immersive technologies and develop new visitor experiences.  The Augment the City challenge…


£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…


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Hubs of Innovation - call for follower cities

Belfast is part of an ambitious consortium of eight European cities which are leading on a €7.9 million Horizon 2020 funded HUB-IN project to create a Europe-wide ecosystem of innovation and…


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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…