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 14th June 2021.

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.

Our funding pages have been updated and are now much easier to use: click here to see all open digital and creative funding opportunities.

Older opportunities are below:

Creative Industries Fund

This £2.5m Innovate UK competition aims to provide a package of targeted support for growth so ambitious, creative businesses can reach their potential. UK registered micro and small businesses in the creative sector can apply for ongoing support from Innovate UK EDGE and funding of up to £25,000 for innovation projects.

The fund is open to applications from businesses that have never previously received innovation grant funding from Innovate UK.

Opens 17th May, closing 16th June 2021. Click here for details.

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 30th June 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.

Young Innovators Awards 2021/22

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £460k in young innovators with this competition. The aim of this competition is to find a new group of young innovators that, with our help, can turn their great ideas into successful businesses.

Each winner will get £5k plus a living allowance in the form of a grant  based on 2 days working on your project each week for a year. it is anticipated that 32 awards will be given. Registration closes 28th July. Find out more

Innovate UK Smart Grants – May 2021

UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £25m for game-changing and commercially viable R&D innovation that can significantly impact the UK economy, with up to £500k for short projects or up to £2m for longer projects. This funding is from Innovate UK. Registration closes 25th August. Find out more

Horizon Europe Cluster 2: Culture, Creativity and Inclusive Society work Programme

Horizon Europe is the next European Funding Framework Programme, following on from its predecessor, Horizon 2020. Running until 2027, this €95.5 billion programme is made up of six clusters, including the Culture, Creativity and Inclusive Society cluster.

This cluster contains funding calls which focus on strengthening European democratic values, including rule of law and fundamental rights, safeguarding our cultural heritage, and promoting socio-economic transformations that contribute to inclusion and growth.

For more details, click here.

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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