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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: cell & gene therapies industrial manufacture

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  2. Funding competition: emerging & enabling technologies round 1

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  3. Funding competition: antimicrobial resistance

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  4. SBRI funding competition: metal detection for fast parcels

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  5. Funding competition: innovation in health and life sciences round 1

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  6. Funding competition: low emission vehicle systems IDP13

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  7. SBRI funding competition: Project innovation fund for Prevent

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  8. Helping to code patient records: apply for business contracts

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  9. SBRI funding competition: IRC 2016 for explosives & weapons detection

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  10. Funding competition: connected and autonomous vehicles 2

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  11. Funding competition: global cooperation feasibility studies

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  12. Funding competition: robotics and autonomous systems applications

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  13. Funding competition: EDF Energy inspection Innovation Challenge

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  14. Funding competition: compound semiconductor applications

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  15. Funding competition: Agri-Tech Catalyst

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  16. Funding competition: low emission freight and logistics trial

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  17. CDE themed competition: many drones make light work

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  18. CDE themed competition: autonomy in hazardous scene assessment

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  19. Funding competition: commercialisation of quantum technologies

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  20. Reducing animal use in research: apply for innovation funding

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  21. Funding competition: agri-food innovation in Turkey

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

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  23. 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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