Innovative ideas can come from any technology, from any industry - including science, engineering, creative industries, design and the arts - at any time.
So, as well as the challenge-focused opportunities through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, we have a funding programme that’s open to innovative businesses of any size, from any technology or challenge area.
What we support
Innovate UK’s Open R&D Funding programme provides businesses with grants to develop game-changing or disruptive ideas. These can be for a completely new product, service or process, or an unprecedented use for an existing one that take it above and beyond what’s currently available.
Our programme supports innovation at various stages. It helps companies develop projects from feasibilities studies including market research, through to prototype testing, development and demonstration.
It can also help businesses to work with the research base to improve their ability to innovate and increase their competitiveness while supporting the next generation of innovators.
In all cases there should be a clear route to market and potential for rapid commercialisation, to keep the UK globally competitive.
Apply for funding
Each year we will run several rounds of competitions to provide funding for the very best businesses with the very best ideas.
You can find all live competitions on our Innovation Funding Service.