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 10th Feb 2021.


Right On Time: Automating Military Logistics

DASA is seeking to identify innovations that can deliver a step change in military logistics capability across the Maritime, Land and Air domains. Total funding £800k. Likely funding per proposal will be £40k-£80k. This competition covers two areas of innovation: autonomy and automation, and additive manufacturing. Proposals which are relevant to either or both of these areas are welcomed. Deadline 25th March 2021. Find out more and apply.


Cyber security academic startup accelerator programme year 5: phase 1

Individuals based in a UK academic institution can apply for a share of up to £800,000 to join the cyber security academic startup accelerator programme (CyberASAP). Your project’s total eligible costs must be between £5,000 and £32,000. Applicants can apply for funding for up to 100% of eligible project costs.

Registration closes 3rd March 2021. Read more.


UFO (Small Flying Objects) call for proposals

UFO is seeking collaborative projects (of 2 or more SMEs) to develop innovative products and services by integrating new embedded technology solutions in the Small Flying Objects (SFO) area i.e. Smallsats, Drones and High Altitude platform systems. 6 emerging industries are specifically mentioned: Mobility technologies, Climate, Environment, Blue Growth, Digital Creative & Gaming and Finance & Insurance industries.

Participation is open to all SMEs based in one of the UFO partners countries (Bulgaria, France, Greece, Romania, United Kingdom).

Funding of up to €60000 per SME involved is available, and the deadline is 18th February 2021. Click here for details.


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.


XPRIZE Rainforest

The $10M XPRIZE Rainforest is a five-year competition. The winning team will develop novel technologies to rapidly and comprehensively survey rainforest biodiversity and use that data to improve our understanding of this complex ecosystem. Find out more here. Early bird registration is closed: entry is open up until 15th March 2021 with a $1000 entry fee.


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 23rd April 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 14th April 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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