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Multiple funding & business support opportunities for SMEs
& academics in the area of sustainable innovation



We provide support to companies and researchers to help you submit compelling collaborative R&D bids to major funding calls which have the best chance of success. So far, through our Scale-Up Programme we’ve supported over 80 bids, over a third of which have been successfully awarded.

Worth up to £15k, the funded support can include commissioning a professional bid writer, project management, conference attendance and travel – as needed to prepare the most compelling bid possible.  For companies, we can also help link you to the considerable research expertise of  the universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey and provide opportunities to join consortia.

We’ve identified some key Government funding calls, listed below, for which we can provide support. So if you are considering a bid to any of these funding calls now is the time to apply for this support to boost your chances of success.

Our Scale-Up Programme provides a broad range of support to innovative, growing SMEs, if you’re not looking for support to bid for R&D funding, check out our main Scale-Up landing page to find out more.

Supported funding calls

Sustainable Innovation Fund: Round 2

Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, is investing up to £26 million to fund single and collaborative research and development projects as part of The Sustainable Innovation Fund. The aim of this competition is to help all sectors of the UK rebuild after the effects of COVID-19. Proposals must show evidence of key challenges as a direct consequence of COVID-19, and how a project can help solve them. All projects must be led by a business. Proposals can only be from a single business. Subcontractors are allowed provided the work is procured through an open and transparent public tender.

Projects must have total eligible costs between £50,000 and £100,000, be ready to start by 1 November 2020, and last between three and six months. Each project can receive funding of 100% of total eligible project costs, up to £100,000.

Applications for funding close 11am 2 September, so please submit your application as soon as possible.

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ISCF Transforming Foundation Industries: Building a resilient recovery

The Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund will work with Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, to invest up to £8 million in innovation projects. Aligned with the objectives of the ISCF Transforming Foundation Industries Challenge, projects will have to demonstrate how they address resource or energy efficiency of foundation industries and support resilience and sustainability of the sector and its supply chains after Covid-19. Projects can include techno-economic assessment of new products, services and business models.

Projects must have total eligible costs must be between £100,000 and £1 million, last between 3 and 12 months, and start by 1 April 2021.

Applications for funding close at 11am 4 November, so please submit your application as soon as possible.

Application form

Please complete the form below if you wish to apply for funding and support for the R&D opportunities shown above.


Unsure which opportunity is for you? Complete the form below and we will get in touch to discuss the best fit for your business or research.

Associate membership of the Scale Up programme is open to any company who meets the criteria and is free of charge. Full Membership will be offered to companies who access the CR&D proposal development support or investment raising support services. Full membership is subject to payment by the member company of a one-off fee and Membership is valid for one year. For the year 2019/20 the Membership Fee is £1,600 ex VAT. Any eligible company can waive the fee under the De Minimis State aid regulation (Commission Regulation (EU) NO 1470/2013) (DMR) providing they have not received in excess of 200,000EUR of aid within a 3 year period . This requires eligible companies to complete a Statement of Previous Aid declaration

The Scale-Up Programme is a partnership between: