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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

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 £100k and £1m, 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.

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SBRI competition – Modernising Energy Data Applications phase 1

This is a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition funded by UKRI, and sponsored by BEIS and Ofgem. The aim of the competition is to develop data applications that address the challenges faced by organisations and individuals to deliver net zero local energy systems. The data-driven applications must facilitate progress towards net zero local energy systems whilst improving people’s lives, by combining energy data with data from other sectors. The outputs should benefit the users of local energy systems and provide scalable commercial opportunities to the funded organisation. This is phase 1 of a 2-phase competition. Only successful applicants from phase 1 will be able to apply to take part in phase 2.

The first phase involves research and development (R&D) contracts being awarded to demonstrate technical feasibility of the proposed solution. Feasibility study R&D contracts can be up to £150,000 per project, inclusive of VAT. Projects are expected to start by 1 March 2021, end by 31 May 2021 and can last up to 3 months. Projects must build upon work with Modernising Energy Data Access (MEDA) competition winners. Applications should demonstrate how the open source software solutions developed under the MEDA competition can facilitate better access and interoperability of energy data for innovators, by building upon the approaches developed through the MEDA projects.

Applications for funding close at 11am on Wednesday 18 November, so please submit your application as soon as possible.

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Robotics for a More Resilient Future: Feasibility and R&D Strands

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, is investing up to £6 million to support R&D projects to advance or develop solutions in service robotics for a more resilient future. The aim is to encourage R&D investment in service robotics capabilities made in the UK. Both strands are looking for robotic solutions that exploit business opportunities in areas such as, but not exclusively: healthcare; logistics, warehousing and transportation; agriculture and food production; construction; ‘general-purpose’ remote working; and robotics that can contribute towards the UK’s Net-Zero greenhouse gas commitment. Participation and engagement of end-user organisations as either funded or non-funded partners is encouraged.

For the Feasibility strand, projects must have total eligible costs between £25,000 and £100,000, start on or after 1 April 2021, and last between 3 and 12 months. For the R&D strand, projects must have total eligible costs between £75,000 and £500,000, start on or after 1 April 2021, and last between 6 and 12 months. The competition is looking to fund projects across a variety of technologies, markets, technological maturities, and research categories.

Applications for funding close at 11am on Friday 20 November, so please submit your application as soon as possible.

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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

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