Find out about the latest funding calls of relevance to the Emerging and Enabling Technologies sectors.

 

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.

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

 

Measurement for Recovery

Measurement for Recovery helps solve analysis or measurement issues that cannot be resolved using standard technologies and techniques. NPL is working with partner National Measurement Laboratories from the National Measurement System. Their aim is to help boost resilience and competitiveness by bringing together the UK’s top scientists and facilities with companies, to address problems in innovative ways.

What can our specialist services do for your company?

  • Provide measurement and analysis expertise
  • Investigate the feasibility of concepts and validate products and processes
  • Support new products and services which directly help the national response to COVID-19
  • Help cost reduction or improve productivity
  • Increase product reliability and mitigate in-service costs
  • Offer advice on standards and regulatory needs

All UK companies are eligible to apply. The scheme runs until 31st December 2020.

Click here to find out more. 

 

The new KTN SME Accelerator: Accelerating innovative Chemistry & Industrial Biotechnology solutions for a Net Zero World

The purpose of the SME Accelerator Programme is to provide a valuable package of training & support to a cohort of 10-15 promising early & late-stage innovators, in order to accelerate their pathway towards commercialisation.

This particular programme is about accelerating innovative Chemistry & Industrial Biotechnology solutions for a Net Zero World, enabling the UK to build more resilient chemical supply chains.

Over a five-month period (Nov 2020 – Mar 2021), KTN will take a cohort of early- and late-stage innovators through a programme that is designed to help them take the next step in their development journey towards commercialisation and make them more attractive to public and private investors.

This package of support and training will be delivered online and is designed to be flexible around the specific needs of early- and late-stage innovators.

For more information, click here. Closing date: 30th September 2020.

 

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. Closing date: 2nd December 2020.

Sort and segregate nuclear waste: phase 1 (SBRI competition)

This is a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition funded by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.

The aim of the competition is to develop an autonomous and integrated toolkit to sort and segregate radioactive waste generated by nuclear decommissioning activities. This will reduce the level of waste requiring disposal, increase productivity, reduce costs, and improve safety.

This is phase 1 of a 2-phase competition. Up to £600,000, including VAT, is available for phase 1 and it is anticipated that the feasibility study R&D contracts will be up to £60,000, including VAT. This is for each project for up to 3 months. We expect to fund up to 10 projects. At the conclusion of phase 1 you will produce a technical feasibility study.

Only successful applicants from phase 1 will be able to apply to take part in phase 2. The second phase will involve up to 4 R&D contracts. Up to £900,000, including VAT, will be allocated for each contract for up to 15 months, in order to develop and demonstrate a full scale prototype in a non-radioactive environment.

Your project must:

  • reduce waste by prioritising its recycling over its disposal
  • reduce the number of waste sorting and segregation processes carried out by humans
  • increase the productivity of the processes
  • be scalable and transferable

Your application must address all the following:

  • detect the type and intensity of the radioactivity present using existing technology or off-the-shelf equipment
  • determine the composition, size, shape, and surface area of the material
  • sort and segregate the waste by radioactive classification and material type
  • remotely move the waste from a specific area, process it and then pack it into the appropriate container (for
  • example, skips, drums, boxes or bags) ensuring the space used is optimised
  • collect and analyse data and images, and retain accurate records

Closing date: 11th November 2020. For more information, click here.

 

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, industrial research

Registration opens: 06.07.2020, Closing date: 07.10.20

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

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, is to invest in 2 competitions to drive digital innovation in UK manufacturing supply chains. The funding is from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF).

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.

Click here for more information.

 

Manufacturing made smarter: digital supply chain, feasibility studies

Registration opens: 06.07.2020, Closing date: 07.10.20

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

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, is to invest in 2 competitions to drive digital innovation in UK manufacturing supply chains. The funding is from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF).

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.

Click here for more information.

 

Horizon 2020: Fast Track to Innovation FTI

Registration opens: 07.11.2017, Closing date: 27.10.20

Award: Share of €100m

Organisation: Horizon 2020

FTI accelerates the market uptake of ground-breaking innovations by providing funding in an open, accessible scheme that nurtures ideas from consortia of innovators of all types and sizes from across Europe.

Proposals must relate to any field of H2020 under the specific objective “Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies” and/or to any of the specific objectives under the priority “Societal challenge”.

Click here for more information.

 

Horizon 2020: EIC Horizon Prize for ‘Innovative Batteries for eVehicles’

Registration opens: 22.02.2018, Closing date: 17.12.20

Award: Share of €10m

Organisation: Horizon 2020

The challenge is to develop a safe and sustainable battery for electric-vehicles through the development of new materials and chemistries making use of abundant, sustainable low cost materials, which are easily available in Europe. Solutions are required to provide the same or better performance than vehicles with internal combustion engines and to be capable of recharging the electric vehicle within a time equivalent to fill a conventional gasoline/diesel fuel tank.

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STFC Bridging for Innovators (B4I) programme

Deadline for submissions: 01.04.21.

From start-ups to large corporates, B4I helps companies to overcome product, manufacturing or process performance issues by leveraging more than £2bn worth of government investment in world-leading science facilities. Working closely with Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) research and innovation experts, companies can develop projects that address specific innovation challenges to accelerate business productivity.

Click here to find out more.

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