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Innovation grants for business: apply for funding

Businesses and research organisations can apply to funding competitions to help them develop their innovations.

All of the current and forthcoming funding competitions run by Innovate UK are published here.

You can apply for funding to test the feasibility of your idea, research and develop it and demonstrate it in a prototype.

Innovate UK funding competitions cover the following industry sectors:

  • emerging and enabling technologies
  • infrastructure systems
  • health and life sciences
  • manufacturing and materials

We also have an open programme that is not sector based. Browse, register and apply for our current competitions.

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Application process

Watch this video to find out about our application process.

Innovate UK - Application Process

Live funding competitions

  1. Funding competition: connected and autonomous vehicles 2

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  2. Funding competition: global cooperation feasibility studies

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  3. Funding competition: robotics and autonomous systems applications

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  4. Funding competition: EDF Energy inspection Innovation Challenge

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  5. Funding competition: compound semiconductor applications

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  6. Funding competition: Agri-Tech Catalyst

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  7. Funding competition: low emission freight and logistics trial

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  8. Funding competition: commercialisation of quantum technologies

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  9. Funding competition: first of a kind deployment of innovation

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  10. Funding competition: Biomedical Catalyst 2016

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  11. Funding competition: innovation in infrastructure systems

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  12. SBRI funding competition: automatic threat detection of firearms

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  13. Funding competition: APC6 - accelerating the drive to low carbon propulsion

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  14. SBRI funding competition: Mobuoy Road waste remediation

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  15. Innovate UK: Open funding competition

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  16. infocus funding award: women in innovation

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  17. Funding competition: agri-food innovation in Turkey

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  18. Funding competition: Energy Catalyst round 4

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  19. Knowledge Transfer Partnerships: what they are and how to apply

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  20. Funding competition: Aerospace Technology Institute R&T programme

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Upcoming funding competitions

For funding competitions we plan to run in 2016/17, see our Delivery plan 2016 to 2017.

  1. Innovate UK: delivery plan 2016 to 2017

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