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WORLD LEADING BUSINESS SUPPORT

SUSTAINABLE INNOVATION

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

ISCF smart sustainable plastic packaging: business-led R&D

Innovate UK will invest up to £7 million from the Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging Programme in innovation projects that have the potential to significantly impact the 2025 UK Plastics Pact targets in the long term, and address widely known problems related to plastic packaging for consumer products. The benefits of an applicant’s approach must be quantified in terms of the Pact targets and by comparison to the current system or dominant solutions. Any environmental impacts must be described and justified.

Proposals must:

  • improve the sustainability of the plastic packaging supply chain
  • make a significant contribution towards delivering the targets of the UK Plastics Pact
  • utilise at-scale innovation in design, technology, processes, business models, supply chains or data for plastic packaging
  • embed a whole systems approach to plastic packaging sustainability, considering environmental, economic, and social factors

This competition will award grants from £200,000 to £4 million per project. Projects must start in early 2022, end by 31 March 2025, and last between 12 and 36 months.

Applications for funding close at 11am on 8 September 2021 so please submit your application for support below.

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Innovate UK Smart Grants: May 2021

An opportunity for UK registered organisations to apply for a share of £25million to deliver commercially viable or disruptive R&D innovation that can significantly impact the UK economy.

Competition opens:        28 May

Submission deadline:     25 August 2021 at 11:00

Scope

Smart is Innovate UK’s ‘Open grant funding’ programme. Applications can come from any area of technology and be applied to any part of the economy. This includes the creative industries, science or engineering, and the arts, design and media. Projects can overlap with the grand challenge areas.

Proposals must demonstrate:

  • A clear game-changing, innovative and/or disruptive and ambitious idea leading to new products, processes or services
  • An idea that is significantly ahead of others in the field, set for rapid commercialisation
  • A strong and deliverable business plan that addresses (and documents) market potential and needs
  • A clear, evidence-based plan to deliver significant economic impact, return on investment (ROI) and growth through commercialisation, as soon as possible after project completion
  • A team, business arrangement or working structure with the necessary skills and experience to run and complete the project successfully and on time
  • Awareness of all the main risks the project will face (including contractor or equipment failure, recruitment delays, etc) with realistic management, mitigation and impact minimisation plans for each risk
  • Clear, considerable potential to significantly impact the UK economy and/or productivity in a positive way
  • Sound, practical financial plans and timelines that represent good value for money, which will always be a consideration in Innovate UK funding decisions.

View the KTN Good Application Guide

Eligibility

Applications must include at least one SME; they can be the lead or a collaborative grant claiming partner.  Projects must start no later than 1 February 2022 and end no later than 31 January 2025.

Requests for Scale-Up Programme Support:

All applications for Scale-Up support for grant submissions to be received no later than 12 noon on Wednesday 11 August.

To be eligible for Scale-Up Programme support, projects must include one of the six university partners (Bath, Bristol, Cardiff, Exeter, Southampton, and Surrey) as a member of the project consortium.

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Application form

If you wish to apply for funding and support for the R&D opportunities shown above complete the form below to join the Scale Up Programme as an associate – which is free and without commitment. Read a guide on how to make a good application

Alternatively, if you are unsure which opportunity is for you still complete the form below and we will get in touch to discuss your proposal and check it’s in scope for the support programme.

Membership of the Scale Up programme is open to any company pending internal review of the expression of interest raised by the company and incurs a one off charge of £150 inc. VAT. Full Membership will be offered to companies who are already part of our network and wish to 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 2020/21 the Membership Fee is £1,600 inc. VAT or for any eligible company, it can be waived under the Article 3.2(4) exemption of the Subsidy Control chapter of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement ("TCA"), and which requires eligible companies to complete a Statement of Previous Aid declaration.

The Scale-Up Programme is a partnership between: