The funding landscape can be complex, so KTN’s Digital & Creative teams have compiled a list of some of the latest funding calls relevant to digital and creative industries, notably IoT, 5G, Cybersecurity, Blockchain and FinTech, bringing them together in one place – find out more below. Last updated 18th November 2020.

The team will be happy to help if you wish to find out more about these or other funding opportunities, need help finding collaborative partners or are seeking advice on how to apply for funding. Please do not hesitate to get in touch.

See our Covid-19 funding round-up for all Covid-related funding calls.

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.

 

Welsh Government SBRI: Better Lives Closer To Home

Welsh Government and the SBRI Centre of Excellence will fund organisations to develop new products or services that will support our long term health and wellbeing with a focus on better lives closer to home. Your solution must help communities, businesses or the public sector. Applications are invited to deliver rapid feasibility study research and development (R&D) projects, with funding available up to £50,000, including VAT. The themes covered are: Build Back Green; sustainability and security of supply chains; and supporting mental and physical wellbeing for all generations. Find out more and apply. Deadline: 27th Nov 2020.

 

Innovation continuity loans November 2020 – three strands

Innovate UK is offering up to £210 million in loans to small to medium 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.

There are three parallel strands for innovation continuity loans:

  • Strand 1: for applicants who are continuing and completing a live project with an Innovate UK award
  • Strand 2: for applicants who have a new project that follows on from a project with an Innovate UK award that was completed in the last 36 months
  • Strand 3: applicants who are continuing, completing or following on from innovation activity that has not been supported by an Innovate UK award in the last 36 months. This strand is open to new applicants to Innovate UK, and also to some applicants who are already recipients of Innovate UK funding.

Loans of between £250,000 and £1.6 million are available. Find out more and apply. Registration closes 13th Jan 2021.

 

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. This scheme is for early career researchers and innovators who are transitioning to or establishing independence or who may be developing their own original and ambitious plans within a commercial setting. Find out more. Registration closes 10th Dec 2020.

 

Innovate UK Smart Grants: November 2020

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 can be £25k-£2m.

For more details, click here. Apply by 20th Jan 2021.

5G enabled road and rail transport trials in the West Midlands, round 2

West Midlands 5G (WM5G) are investing up to £2.5 million in innovation projects that develop a new service or product. These must improve road and rail operational efficiency, provide better-connected transport or improve traveller experience. This competition will support projects up to 12 months in duration. Your project must trial using 5G in the West Midlands.

Your project must focus on products or services in one or more of the following use case areas:

  1. Movement of things – freight and logistics.
  2. Movement of people – public transport, economic recovery and traveller confidence post COVID-19.
  3. Road operation and management.

For more details, click here. Apply by 2nd of December 2020.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

If you have an idea for your business but not all the in-house expertise needed to develop it, a Knowledge Transfer Partnership KTP may be the perfect solution. KTP creates a dynamic three-way collaboration – between a business, a UK university or research organisation, and a suitably qualified graduate (KTP Associate) – to help realise a strategic innovation project, bring about transformative change and embed new capability. KTP has helped over 12,000 businesses in its 45 year history and today there are around 800 live KTP projects spanning all industry sectors right across the UK. Funding competitions for KTP and mKTP are open throughout the year. The current competition closes on 27 January 2021. Talk to your local Knowledge Transfer Adviser in the first instance.

 

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 have the same funding deadlines as KTPs – click here for full details.

London & Partners’ Business Growth Programme

The London & Partners’ Business Growth Programme can help you grow your business and boost your innovation, productivity and profitability.

This free programme offers tailored, impartial advice to businesses based in London looking to develop at different stages of their growth journey. With strategic solutions including mentoring, workshops, business growth advice and opportunities across our London network, we can help unlock your business potential.

Applications are accepted in three-month cohorts. Click here for more information.

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