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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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£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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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…


£145,000 Internet of Things funding

We have been funded to deploy a free-to-use LORAWAN network across the region. The Things Connected NI network will provide the basic infrastructure for local businesses to experiment, design and…


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'Playable' streets £30,000 IoT challenge

We’re running a two-phase competition for innovative companies to explore how we can use our new Things Connected IoT network to re-imagine our city centre. (Closed 27 July 2018.) Over the last…


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£11.5 Million full fibre investment

Belfast is to receive £11.5 million from the government’s Local Full Fibre Network (LFFN) challenge fund to boost the city's digital connectivity. The funding will allow us to install an extensive…


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€230,000 SBIR challenge: Last mile urban freight

€230,000 challenge for companies interested in working with us and other partners to find new ways to enhance the efficiency of commercial goods deliveries in both urban centres. Phase one of this…