Find out about the latest funding calls of relevance to the Emerging and Enabling Technologies sectors. Updated 18th November 2020.

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.

Round 2 AI in Health and Care Awards

A total of £140m in funding over 3 years is on offer to support the use of AI in NHS health and care. Round 2 is open now. There are four Phases you can apply to, which support innovations at different stages of development. While any technology that helps meet the aims of the NHS Long Term Plan will be considered, for Phases 3 and 4 we particularly encourage applications in the following focus areas to apply: triage, imaging, screening, and intelligent operational automation. Closing date 8th Dec 2020. Find out more and apply.

SBRI Removing air pollutants from homes to safeguard health

Organisations can apply for a share of £3 million, inclusive of VAT, to develop products or services to remove harmful pollutants from homes. Phase 1 feasibility study R&D contracts will be up to £50,000, inclusive of VAT, for each project for up to 3 months. Your solution must be able to protect the health of residents by removing one or more harmful household pollutants from the air in homes. This can include any which have entered the domestic setting from outside.

An applicant briefing webinar will be held on 1st December at 11.30am: register here.

Find out more and apply. Deadline: 13th Jan 2021.

Development of the Digital Security by Design Software Ecosystem

UK registered SMEs can apply for a share of up to £1.5m for fast-start short-term projects. Funding is to investigate requirements for adoption of Digital Security by Design (DSbD) technologies across the software development ecosystem. Project costs £40k-£80k. Your proposal must focus on detailed investigation of a problem framed around a system and software stack concept. This could lead to a subsequent implementation that will benefit from the use of DSbD technologies. Registration closes 13th Jan 2021.

An online briefing will be held at 11am on 27th November: click here to register.

Find out more and apply.

Innovate UK Smart Grants

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. Applications can come from any area of technology and be applied to any part of the economy, and project costs can be from £25000 to £2m. Closing date 20th Jan 2021. Find out more and apply.

SBRI Greenhouse Gas Removals Innovation Competition – Phase 1 (Design Study)

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy is looking to invest up to £70m in Direct Air Capture and other potential Greenhouse Gas Removal technologies that could be deployed in the UK.

This competition is to support the development of technologies that are not yet commercial rather than supporting technologies that are already mature. Therefore, the technologies to be developed must be at a technology readiness level (TRL) between 4 and 7 at the start of the project. The ultimate objective is to trial the technologies at pilot scale.

Up to £250k is available for each project in phase 1.

Closing date 5th Feb 2021. Find out more and apply.

Innovation continuity loans: November 2020

Innovate UK is offering up to £210 million in loans to micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and third sector organisations that have a challenge in continuing, completing or following on an innovation project. Loans are for organisations that find themselves facing a sudden shortage or even unavailability of funds resulting directly from the COVID-19 pandemic, and in the current round there is an opportunity for companies who have not received Innovate UK funding in the past. Closing date for current round: 13th Jan 2021. Find out more and apply.

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.

Applications close on 2nd December 2020. Click here for more details.

Faraday Battery Challenge

The ISCF Faraday Battery Challenge will work with Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, to invest up to £10 million in innovation projects across the Feasibility Study and R&D strands of the Faraday Battery Challenge. These will be to support innovation in the design, development and manufacture of batteries for the propulsion of electric vehicles.

There are 2 strands to this competition:

feasibility studies, accelerating battery technology development, project cost £300k-£1.5m – click here for details of the feasibility study strand;

innovation R&D, building on the outputs of previous activity to accelerate towards commercialisation, project cost £100k-£1m – click here for details of the R&D strand.

Projects for both strands must last between 3 and 12 months and plan to end by 31 March 2022. Applications for both strands close on 9th December 2020.

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.

Applications close on 17th December. Click here for more information.

Measurement for Recovery: Help for UK Electronics companies is available now through the Measurement for Recovery programme

Measurement for Recovery (M4R) is offering up to 20 days free of charge access to specialist science and engineering expertise and facilities at NPL and National Measurement Laboratory partners. M4R is matching world-leading measurement science experts with UK Electronics companies to aid innovation, drive growth and help solve challenges – from supporting the development of electronic noses for chemicals sensing, to the development of smart technologies for assessing railway track substructures. With a quick, non-competitive and simple online application process, why not apply today? All UK companies are eligible to apply. The scheme runs until 31st December 2020.

Click here to find out more. 

Iberdrola Start-up Challenge: Power Electronics

Mutli-national energy company Iberdrola have launched a new Startup Challenge, in search of competitive and innovative solutions, based on power electronics, to optimize medium and low voltage networks, improving their flexibility in different load scenarios. Registration Closes on the 31st December 2020.

Click here to find out more. 

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Current KTP period opened on 2nd November 2020 and closes on 27th January 2021 (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.

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