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.

S-TRIG programme (Security-Technology Research Innovation Grants)

There are five broad application areas for this funding programme. Your research may be based on one application area or cut across multiple application areas.

  • Aviation security
  • Border detection and security
  • Detection of contraband entering prisons
  • Protection of infrastructure and crowded places
  • Counter-drones

Open to all businesses and academic institutions who are seeking funding to undertake early stage feasibility studies. 100% grants are available for SMEs and academia. For support in your application, contact

Find out more and apply. Deadline: 20th September.

Competition: Innovative Research Call 2020 for Explosives and Weapons Detection

This Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) competition seeks proposals for novel and innovative solutions for the detection of explosives and weapons. Find out more here. Closing date 28th September.

Sort and segregate nuclear waste: phase 1 (SBRI competition)

Organisations can apply for a share of £3.9 million, including VAT, to develop an autonomous, integrated toolkit to sort and segregate nuclear waste. Robotics, sensors, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, advanced software, route planning and tracking, image recognition, materials characterisation, control, autonomous systems: these are just some of the potential technologies which could be used for the Sort and Segregate Nuclear Waste competition. It is open to any interested organisations – they don’t have to be from a nuclear background – to form consortia and develop a plan to address the challenge. It involves work at Sellafield and several Magnox nuclear reactor sites – the UK’s first generation of nuclear reactor. Find out more and apply (closing date 11th November).

Women in Innovation Awards 2020/21

Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, is offering 10 Women in Innovation Awards to female entrepreneurs across the UK. The winners will receive a £50,000 grant and a bespoke package of mentoring, coaching and business support. Find out more and apply (closes 14th October).

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

Competition: Advancing Less Lethal Weapons

This Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) competition is seeking proposals for innovative technologies that allow law enforcement officers to safely prevent the escalation of conflict in serious or violent circumstances from a distance. Up to £500k total funding is available, to cover up to 9 projects: closing date 15th October. More information here.

Innovation continuity loans

Innovate UK is offering up to £210 million in loans to micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and third sector organisations that have a challenge in continuing, completing or following on an innovation project. Loans are for organisations that find themselves facing a sudden shortage or even unavailability of funds resulting directly from the COVID-19 pandemic. Closing date 30th September. 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 (reduced entry fee) closes 15th October 2021.

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