Accessing grants and support from Innovate UK

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Innovate UK has recently announced that it is to offer up to £10 million in loans to SMEs for innovative late stage R&D projects. Find out more about this competition and Innovate UK's other grants and support programmes.

Innovate UK is the UK’s innovation agency. It aims to improve the UK’s productivity and growth through the support of businesses by harnessing the potential of new technologies and make them a commercial success. Over the past 10 years Innovate UK has worked with over 8,000 businesses of all sizes on 11,000 projects providing £2.2 billion of funding. Innovate UK provides support in two key ways – funding and connecting businesses with the right partners, expertise and funders.

Innovate UK’s open programme of grants
Innovate UK has an open programme to provide grants to any innovative UK company working in any high-value innovative technology, business model or process in any area of the economy. Their funding is offered to companies that submit the best proposals in a competitive application process.

Connecting businesses with the right partners
The Knowledge Transfer Network, network partner of Innovate UK, aims to link innovative ideas with expertise, markets and finance via their network of businesses, universities, funders and investors. The Knowledge Transfer Network supports a broad range of industries, including design, digital and creative, innovation, ICT, industrial maths, the built environment, sustainability and the circular economy, manufacturing, biotechnology and health.

Find out more about Innovate UK’s grants, loans and other support available

Briefing dates announced for £10m Open Innovation Loans competition
Innovate UK is to offer up to £10 million in loans to SMEs for innovative late stage R&D projects. Innovate UK and the Knowledge Transfer Network have announced the details of briefing events across the UK for the first of Innovate UK’s Open innovation loans competitions - which is now open for applications.

Break through innovation - London
Hear from SMEs who have used design early to solve innovation challenges and have developed successful new investment propositions. There will also be the opportunity to talk to experts on access to funding and finance, digital and the internet of things,manufacturing, health, the built environment and smart cities as well as the design and innovation process.
Tuesday, 22nd May 2018
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Grant application writing workshop with Oxford University
Learn how to write a compelling grant proposal for Innovate UK and other grant applications.
Thursday 31st May 2018
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The grants, loans and support available through Innovate UK

The Innovate UK Delivery Plan
Shaping the future 2017 – 2018  
Read how Innovate plans to invest £500 million in the financial year 2017/18 in competitions to support innovation and developing the innovation infrastructure to enable organisations to access cutting edge expertise and facilities.

Business innovation: what funding you can apply for?
For businesses wishing to develop an innovative product, process or service, funds of between £25,000 and £10 million are available, via funding competitions. 
Find out more

For a full list of Innovate UK’s innovation competitions
Find out what competitions are currently open, who is eligible and deadline dates.
Read more

Innovation Loans: what they are and how to apply
Innovate UK is running a pilot programme of loan competitions over 2 years to the end of 2019. A total of up to £50 million is available for business innovation projects.
Find out more about Innovation Loans

The Knowledge Transfer Network
The Knowledge Transfer Network, network partner of Innovate UK, aims to link innovative ideas with expertise, markets and finance via their network of businesses, universities, funders and investors.

The above just gives a favour of the support available to businesses of all sizes. If you would like to discuss accessing the support offered by Innovate UK and other funding providers, please do get in touch. DRG Chartered Accountants works with a number of organisations, who can help with understanding the range of options available and how submit grant applications.


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