Innovation grants for business: apply for funding

Innovate UK fund, support and connect innovative businesses to accelerate sustainable economic growth.

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

They also have an open programme that is not sector based. 

Innovate UK Funding Competitions

Businesses and research organisations can apply to funding competitions to help them develop their innovations.  If you want to develop an innovative product or service, you may be able to apply for funding. Here is a summary of current funding opportunities:  

Design foundations 2017 round 2 Innovate UK is to invest up to £1 million in early-stage, human-centred design projects. These projects will help businesses identify high-value innovation opportunities and generate ideas for new products, services or business models that align with customer demand. You must register before midday 14th June 2017 

Manufacturing and materials round 3 Innovate UK is to invest up to £15 million in innovation projects in manufacturing and/or materials. They will look to fund projects that focus on identified technical or commercial challenges. These should lead to increased productivity, competitiveness and growth for UK small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). You must apply before midday 12th July 2017 

Aerospace Technology Institute R&T programme This competition offers innovation funding to businesses to sustain the UK's position in aerospace design and manufacture. open to applications until 2020.