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 18th November 2020.


Round 2 AI in Health and Care Awards

A total of £140m in funding over 3 years is on offer to support the use of AI in NHS health and care. Round 2 is open now. There are four Phases you can apply to, which support innovations at different stages of development. While any technology that helps meet the aims of the NHS Long Term Plan will be considered, for Phases 3 and 4 we particularly encourage applications in the following focus areas to apply: triage, imaging, screening, and intelligent operational automation. Closing date 8th Dec 2020. Find out more and apply.


Development of the Digital Security by Design Software Ecosystem

UK registered SMEs can apply for a share of up to £1.5m for fast-start short-term projects. Funding is to investigate requirements for adoption of Digital Security by Design (DSbD) technologies across the software development ecosystem. Project costs £40k-£80k. Your proposal must focus on detailed investigation of a problem framed around a system and software stack concept. This could lead to a subsequent implementation that will benefit from the use of DSbD technologies. Registration closes 13th Jan 2021.

An online briefing will be held at 11am on 27th November: click here to register.

Find out more and apply.


Innovate UK Smart Grants

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. Applications can come from any area of technology and be applied to any part of the economy, and project costs can be from £25000 to £2m. Closing date 20th Jan 2021. Find out more and apply.


SBRI Greenhouse Gas Removals Innovation Competition – Phase 1 (Design Study)

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy is looking to invest up to £70m in Direct Air Capture and other potential Greenhouse Gas Removal technologies that could be deployed in the UK.

This competition is to support the development of technologies that are not yet commercial rather than supporting technologies that are already mature. Therefore, the technologies to be developed must be at a technology readiness level (TRL) between 4 and 7 at the start of the project. The ultimate objective is to trial the technologies at pilot scale.

Up to £250k is available for each project in phase 1.

Closing date 5th Feb 2021. Find out more and apply.


Future Leaders Fellowships: Round 6

Four years’ funding is available to support ambitious research/innovation programmes across UKRI’s remit, and fellows benefit from outstanding support to develop their careers. Up to £900m total funding is available, with a normal maximum of £1.5m per project. Closing date 10th December 2021. Find out more and apply.


Robotics for a more resilient future

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £6 million in ISCF grant funding for Robotics and Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies. There is one strand for feasibility studies with a project size of £25,000 to £100,000, and another for industrial research and experimental development with project size of £75,000 to £500,000.

We are looking for robotic solutions that exploit business opportunities in areas such as, but not exclusively:

  • healthcare
  • logistics, warehousing and transportation
  • agriculture and food production
  • construction
  • ‘general-purpose’ remote working
  • robotics that can contribute towards the UK’s Net-Zero greenhouse gas commitment.

Both strands close on 20th November 2020.

Click here for more details of the feasibility strand.

Click here for more details of the R&D strand.


Call for expression of interest to join the Space2Waves Internationalisation Programme

Are you a European SME owner developing innovative products or services using Earth Observation applied to marine and maritime domains? Are you interested to promote your company and products internationally meeting potential customers and partners? Join the internationalisation programme designed by the SpaceWave Alliance! 30 European SMEs will be selected to go global in the following countries: Australia, Canada, South Africa and United Arab Emirates. The programme will refund up to €1250 to each selected SME to cover the cost of a mission abroad. Deadline extended to 16th December 2020. Click here for more details.


SBRI – AI supporting early detection and diagnosis in heart failure management

The aim of this competition is to develop a system that can provide accessible, timely and accurate data on heart failure from healthcare information which is routinely collected in primary and secondary care.

We are looking for digital and data-driven partners to work with clinical and informatics experts in Tayside. Together they will develop a solution to automatically evaluate and accurately extract meaningful data from a number of healthcare data sources, such as images, quantitative data and unformatted text.

The output will be a national dashboard to give clinicians, managers and policymakers timely access to data so that they can manage, develop or improve patient care.

The first phase involves research and development (R&D) contracts being awarded to demonstrate technical feasibility of the proposed solution. A total of up to £40,000 inclusive of VAT, is allocated to this phase. Feasibility study R&D contracts will be up to £10,000 inclusive of VAT. This is for each project for up to 3 months. Projects are expected to start on 1 February 2021.

The second phase will involve up to 2 R&D contracts being awarded to businesses chosen from the successful phase 1 applicants. Up to £40,000 inclusive of VAT, will be allocated for each contract, in order to develop a prototype and undertake field testing for up to 15 months.

For more details, click here. Applications for phase 1 close on 9th December 2020.


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


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, and in the current round there is an opportunity for companies who have not received Innovate UK funding in the past. Closing date for current round: 13th Jan 2021. 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 3rd December 2020. Find out more here.

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