Find out about the latest funding calls of relevance to the Emerging and Enabling Technologies sectors. Updated 9th April 2021.

The funding landscape can be complex, so KTN’s Emerging and Enabling Technologies teams have created a list of some of the latest relevant funding calls for the Emerging Technologies and Quantum sectors, as well as for the Electronics, Photonics, Sensors and ICT ones.

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


Following an update to our Funding pages, all Emerging and Enabling technology funding calls can now be accessed by clicking here.

Recent funding calls added at the above link include:

  • Innovation in time dissemination and application: up to £2 million for business-led innovation in resilient time, frequency and synchronisation. Closes 9th June.
  • KTN-iX challenge: Monitoring Movement in Crowds. Commercial opportunity for AI-assisted monitoring for crowd safety. Closes 6th May.
  • Phase 2 of the competition Windfarm Mitigation for UK Air Defence, offering up to £3.6 million for technologies that mitigate radar risk of offshore windfarms. Closes 15th June.

Click here for a full list of available opportunities in Emerging and Enabling Technologies.


Advanced Propulsion Centre: Technology Developer Accelerator Programme Wave 5

The APC Technology Developer Accelerator Programme (TDAP) supports ambitious micro, small and medium-sized companies that are developing innovative automotive technology, products and services which support zero emission vehicle operation, or support the shift to net-zero carbon automotive products. Up to £135,000 grant support available. Deadline 14th April 2021. Click here to find out more.

OIP4NWE Vouchers – be one of the first to benefit from the newly set-up Open Innovation PIC pilot line!

The OIP4NWE project aims at establishing an open innovation pilot line for the development of generic photonic integration technology. Equipment manufacturers, a pure-play foundry and researchers collaborate to establish the infrastructure and processes dedicated to the pilot production of photonic integrated circuits (PICs) based on Indium Phosphide. The capabilities will include packaging and external optics as well.

The call is now open and submission deadline is 15th April 2021. Click here to find out more.

UK IC Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

The Government Office for Science offers UK Intelligence Community (IC) Postdoctoral Research Fellowships to outstanding early career science or engineering researchers. These Fellowships are designed to promote unclassified basic research in areas of interest to the intelligence, security and defence communities. Maximum grant of £200,000 over a two-year period. Registration closes 19th April 2021. Click here to find out more.

Transitioning towards Zero Emission Vehicles

Three competitions have recently opened to support the transition to zero emission vehicles in line with the Government’s transport decarbonisation ambitions: for on-vehicle solutions (improving range, sustainability, transition, user experience and adoption) there are feasibility studies and CR&D funding available, and a call for infrastructure solutions to improve charging, with total funding of £17m available; all close 21st April.

Pulsate – laser based additive manufacturing technology

PULSATE is the new PAN-European Network designed to boost the adoption of laser-based advanced and additive manufacturing technology to empower SME’s and Slightly Bigger companies’ digital competences. Up to €150k for SMEs and mid-caps for technology Transfer Experiments Focused on the adoption of laser based additive manufacturing technology in production environments. Registration closes 22nd April 2021. Click here to find out more.

Mine The Gap – sustainable mining sector solutions

MINE.THE.GAP provides direct financial support to SMEs through innovation vouchers. These vouchers are dedicated to strategic plan preparation, validation of ideas and proof of concept/demonstrations activities to innovate the mining and raw material value chain. They will be distributed through two open calls during the MINE.THE.GAP project lifetime. Registration closes 5th May 2021. Click here to find out more.

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. Your project must use the DSbD technology platform prototype and specify the quantity of prototype hardware boards that are needed in your demonstrator. Project costs £1.5m to £4m. Registration closes 26th May 2021. Click here to find out more.

Innovate UK Smart Grants: Jan 2021

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 £25k-£2m. Registration closes 26th May 2021. Click here to find out more.

Driving the Electric Revolution: Supply Chains for Net Zero

ISCF will work with Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, to invest up to £22 million in innovation projects. These will be to support the government’s green industrial revolution in transport, energy and industrial sectors. Registration closes 30th June 2021. Click here to find out more.

IETF energy efficiency and decarbonisation, Spring 2021

Organisations can apply for a share of up to £40 million to carry out feasibility and engineering studies into energy efficiency and decarbonisation technologies for industrial processes, and to improve the energy efficiency of industrial processes, reducing energy bills and cutting carbon emissions.

You must be an industrial business of any size to apply. You can apply on your own or in collaboration with other organisations. Your project must take place at a manufacturing site or data centre in England, Wales or Northern Ireland and be led by the operator of that site.

Two strands are available, both closing on 14th July 2021:

  • energy efficiency and decarbonisation feasibility and engineering studies: £30k-£14m grant per project – click here for details
  • deployment of energy efficiency technologies: £100k-£14m grant per project – click here for details

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

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 ‚Äì 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.

Applications are open all year round, with the next deadline on 14th April 2021. Click here to find out more.

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 are now applied for in the same way as KTPs, with the funding for mKTPs being drawn from a dedicated pool.

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