To make it easier to navigate the funding landscape KTN have pulled together the latest open relevant funding calls for the Complex Systems sector into one place. Find out more details about available opportunities below; if you wish to find out more about further funding opportunities, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our Complex Systems team. Last updated 9 Apr 2021.


Our funding opportunities page has now been updated: click here to view all current opportunities in the Complex Systems areas (space and geospatial, robotics, AI, industrial maths, security & defence).

Recent opportunities added at the above link include:

  • KTN-iX challenge: Monitoring Movement in Crowds (commercial opportunity, closes 6th May)
  • xTech Global AI Challenge: AI-enabled Multi-modal Analytics in Resource Constrained Environments (a commercial opportunity from the US Navy, up to $250k funding available, closes 12th May)
  • Phase 2 of the competition Windfarm Mitigation for UK Air Defence, offering up to £3.6 million for technologies that mitigate radar risk of offshore windfarms (closes 15th June)
  • Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats: 2021 Commissioning Call (closes 5th May)

See our opportunities page for full details.


Innovation in time dissemination and application

UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £2 million for business-led innovation in resilient time, frequency and synchronisation. Your project must either: enable end users to have access to improved time or frequency signals; contribute to the trust, assurance and security of time or frequency signal; and/or contribute to the resilience of the time dissemination supply chain. Click here for details. Deadline 9th June 2021.


Commercialising Quantum Technologies: CRD & Tech round 2

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £46.8 million for collaborative research and development or technology projects in quantum. The aim of this competition is to advance the commercialisation of quantum technologies in the UK and increase private sector investment. Your proposal must exploit second generation quantum techniques. Project costs £2m to £20m. Deadline 28th April 2021. Find out more.


ISCF Digital Security by Design: business led demonstrators phase 1 EOI

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £6 million to collaborate on market demonstrator projects showcasing the use and adoption of digital security by design technologies. Your project must use the DSbD technology platform prototype and specify the quantity of prototype hardware boards that are needed in your demonstrator. Project costs £1.5m to £4m. Registration closes 26th May 2021. Click here to find out more.


Innovate UK Smart Grants: Jan 2021

Opportunity for UK registered organisations to apply for a share of up to £25 million from Innovate UK to deliver disruptive R&D innovations that can significantly impact the UK economy. Project costs £25k-£2m. Apply by 26th May 2021.

Click here for full details.


Grants for businesses that complete customs declarations

Find out what grants you can apply for to get funding for recruitment, training and IT improvements if your business completes customs declarations. You can apply to get funding for:
training that helps your business to complete customs declarations and processes
hiring new staff to help your business complete customs declarations
IT improvements to help your business complete customs declarations more efficiently

This can cover training (up to £1500 per employee) or salary costs for new staff (up to £12000 per new employee).

Open until June 2021, though the scheme may close earlier if funding is fully allocated.

Find out more and apply


ARMD Advanced Air Mobility National Campaign “Announcement of Collaborative Partnership Opportunities”

NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD) plans to host an Advanced Air Mobility National Campaign series with a goal to promote public confidence and accelerate the realization of emerging aviation markets for passenger and cargo transportation in urban, suburban, rural and regional environments. Open until 30th June 2021. More information here.


Open Call for Innovation

The Open Call exists to offer suppliers the opportunity to submit their ideas to defence and security stakeholders. The Open Call welcomes innovations that address any defence challenge, or innovations that address security challenges where there is a relevant security Innovation Focus Area (IFA). Current round closes 2nd June 2021. Find out more here.


Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

A Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) links your organisation with one of the UK’s world-class knowledge bases (a university or research organisation) to power strategic innovation projects, embed expertise and drive commercial growth. needed to develop it, a Knowledge Transfer Partnership may be the answer. It creates a dynamic three-way collaboration ‚Äì between a business or not for profit organisation, a UK university or research organisation, and a suitably qualified graduate – to help realise a strategic innovation project, bring about transformative change and embed new capability.

Applications are open all year round, with the next deadline on 30th June 2021.

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Management Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Just like our highly effective KTP programme, Management KTPs (MKTPs) create a dynamic 3-way partnership between your company, a team of academic experts and a skilled graduate. The focus of a MKTP is specifically on increasing effectiveness and improving results through better management practices.

These are now applied for in the same way as KTPs, with the funding for mKTPs being drawn from a dedicated pool.

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