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 5th March 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.

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

Commercialising Quantum Technologies: feasibility studies round 2

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £7 million for feasibility studies or market research projects. This funding is from ISCF.

Closing date 10th March 2021. Click here for details.

Outlier Ventures | Base Camp 5

With Base Camp, they are recruiting, financing and providing a launchpad for early stage projects from all over the globe. Providing product support, hub services, and partnering with you to take your Web 3 concept to the next level. Join them for three months in a bespoke accelerator to define and build your project.

Closing date 12th Mar 2021. For more details, click here.

Commercialising Quantum Technologies: germinator projects round 1

UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £1 million for high risk, high return, quantum technology projects with defined commercial outputs. The aim of the competition is to stimulate the commercialisation of quantum technologies in the UK through the development of early-stage quantum technology opportunities.

Your proposal must identify a promising application of quantum technologies, a project to demonstrate its potential and a route to market. Project costs can be up to £50,000.

Closing date 31st March 2021. Click here for details.

STADIEM Open Call 1

Calling the most promising tech startups, scaleups and SMEs to join the STADIEM (Startup Driven Innovation in European Media) 4-stage programme. The STADIEM programme aims to bring together startups, scaleups, investors and media organisations to foster the development of Next Generation Media solutions.

Closing date 31st March 2021. Click here for details.

Wireless Communications, Networking and Information Theory Competition

£500,000 available for innovation to boost UK wireless communications capability in Information Advantage challenge. The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) is looking for innovations to deliver information exchange capabilities that are resilient in a highly-dynamic operating environment where there are significant challenges from congestion and contention, such as jamming. Areas include novel communication techniques, novel coding and modulation and novel network techniques. There is £500k available for this competition, with the expectation that between 5 to 10 proposals will be funded. Find out more. Closes 7th April 2021.

National Lottery Grants for Heritage 2021-22

Applications are now open for National Lottery Grants for Heritage from £3,000 to £5million, prioritising heritage projects that will boost the local economy, encourage skills development and job creation, support wellbeing, create better places to live, work and visit, and improve the resilience of organisations working in heritage.

Closing date 30th April 2021. Click here for details.

Data Market Services Accelerator

The Data Market Services Accelerator is a program designed to help startups in the European Union (and associated countries) grow their skills, connect with partners and investors, and gain media and events exposure. It is free to participate, and funded by the European Commission.

Opening date 15th March 2021. Closing 30th April 2021. Click here for details.

ISCF Digital Security by Design – business led demonstrators phase 1 EOI

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £6 million to collaborate on market demonstrator projects showcasing the use and adoption of digital security by design technologies. This funding is from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.

Closing date 26th May 2021. Click here for details.

Innovate UK Smart Grants January 2021

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, is investing up to £25 million in the best game-changing and commercially viable innovative or disruptive ideas. All proposals must be business focused.

Applications can come from any area of technology and be applied to any part of the economy, such as, but not exclusively:

  • the arts, design and media
  • creative industries
  • science or engineering

Closing date 26th May 2021.. For more details, click here.

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 14th April 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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