Innovative ideas can come from any sector or technology area and at any time. So as well as our sector-focused funding programmes we have a programme open to all innovative businesses. Applications can be from any technology or sector.
The Innovate UK open programme provides businesses with funding for an innovative idea. It can also help them access knowledge and skills from the UK research base. This will help them become more competitive.
As with our sector-based competitions, our open programme supports innovation at various stages. It helps companies develop projects from proof of concept through to prototype development and demonstration.
Each year we will run 2 rounds of open funding competitions to provide these opportunities for businesses. This will build on the success of our previous schemes such as Smart.
The open programme also helps businesses work with the research base. This will improve their ability to innovate and increase their competitiveness, through Knowledge Transfer Partnerships.