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.

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.

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.

Click here for more details.

 

Innovate UK Smart Grants: August 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. Apply by 25th November. Find out more here.

The Sustainable Innovation Fund: round 3 (temporary framework)

Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, is investing up to £10 million to fund single and collaborative research and development projects as part of the Sustainable Innovation Fund. The aim of this competition is to help all sectors of the UK rebuild after the effects of COVID-19.

All projects must be led by a business and include at least one micro, small or medium-sized enterprise (SME). Proposals can either be from a single business or a collaboration. Under the COVID-19 Temporary Framework your organisation could get up to 80% funding for your eligible project costs, up to a maximum of £175,000 per organisation, regardless of size.

Find out more and apply. Closes 30th September 2020.

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. Registration closes 14th October 2020. More info here.

Innovation continuity loans: Strand 2: September 2020 follow-on competition

Innovate UK can provide additional COVID-19 innovation continuity loans for the continuation of planned or existing innovation activity. Loans of between £250,000 and £1.6 million are available. Apply by 30th September 2020. More details here.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Current KTP period opened on 16th July, and closes on 7th October 2020 (after this the next round will be available immediately, so don’t rush your application unnecessarily).

A Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP)  links your organisation with one of the UK’s world-class knowledge bases (a university or research organisation) to power strategic innovation projects, embed expertise and drive commercial growth. needed to develop it, a Knowledge Transfer Partnership may be the answer. It creates a dynamic three-way collaboration – between a business or not for profit organisation, a UK university or research organisation, and a suitably qualified graduate – to help realise a strategic innovation project, bring about transformative change and embed new capability.

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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.

Manufacturing made smarter: digital supply chain, feasibility studies

Registration opens: 06.07.2020, Closes: 07.10.2020

Award: Your project’s total eligible costs must be between £250,000 and £500,000. Up to 70% of costs can be covered.

Organisation: Innovate UK

Your project must help UK manufacturing supply chains to develop digital technologies to become more efficient, productive, flexible, resilient. These must encourage the use of digital approaches to better integrate and optimise the performance of supply chains.

This competition comprises of 2 strands running at the same time. The strands are:

  • feasibility studies (this strand) – project size £250k-£500k
  • industrial research – project size £1m-3m (below strand)

Click here for more information.

Manufacturing made smarter: digital supply chain, industrial research

Registration opens: 06.07.2020, Closes: 07.10.2020

Award: Your project’s total eligible costs must be between £1 million and £3 million. Up to 35% of costs can be covered.

Organisation: Innovate UK

Your project must help UK manufacturing supply chains to develop digital technologies to become more efficient, productive, flexible, resilient. These must encourage the use of digital approaches to better integrate and optimise the performance of supply chains.

This competition comprises of 2 strands running at the same time. The strands are:

  • feasibility studies (this strand) – project size £250k-£500k
  • industrial research – project size £1m-3m (above strand)

Click here for more information.

Accenture FinTech Innovation Lab London

Registration opens: 01.09.2020, Closes: 04.10.2020

Award: 3 months of mentoring, networking and advice, helping ambitious startups refine and test their value propositions.

Organisation: Accenture

The FinTech Innovation Lab is a highly competitive, 12-week program that helps early to growth-stage enterprise technology companies refine and test their value proposition with the support of the world’s leading financial service firms.

Entrepreneurs developing potentially game-changing technologies for financial services—particularly in the areas of artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, cryptography, security, data and analytics and, blockchain and distributed ledger—will be selected to participate in the program.

Click here for more information.

EUREKA GlobalStars Singapore CRD – Round 2

Registration opens: 17.06.2020, Closes: 15.10.2020

Award: UK applicants can apply for a total grant of up to £350,000 for each project.

Organisation: EUREKA

EUREKA, in partnership with Enterprise Singapore, announce a GlobalStars funding competition for research and development (R&D) projects under the EUREKA programme. Under this initiative, Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, is investing up to £1 million to fund collaborative research and development (CR&D) projects focused on industrial research.

This competition has an open scope, the projects funded are expected to result in a new product, industrial process or service, be innovative, involve a technological risk, and have high market potential in the participating countries.

Click here for more information.

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