Innovate UK SMART grants May 2021

UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £25m for game-changing and commercially viable R&D innovation that can significantly impact the UK economy, with up to £500k for short projects or up to £2m for longer projects. This funding is from Innovate UK.

Opens: 28/05/2021 Closes: 25/08/2021

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Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging Business-led R&D

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £7 million for R&D projects with the potential to significantly impact the 2025 UK Plastic Pact targets. This funding is from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.

Opens: 18/05/2021 Closes: 08/09/2021

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Tech For Our Planet

The Tech For Our Planet challenge programme is an exciting new opportunity for startups to pilot technology that will help us reach our net zero targets. The best startups will have the chance to showcase their solutions on the international stage at COP26.

Opens: 12/05/2021 Closes: 25/06/2021

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Zinc Venture Builder 2021

The Zinc Venture Builder programme is a full time, 12 month programme to build new companies that tackle the biggest social challenges in the developed world. 2021’s challenge is “to ensure that every child and young person can develop and maintain good mental and emotional health”.

Opens: 17/05/2021 Closes: 25/06/2021

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Hack The Planet Competition

The Commonwealth Secretariat and the Satellite Applications Catapult are looking for your ideas on how to solve the challenges of our ocean with concepts that include the power of imagery, connectivity or other applications from satellites.

Opens: 17/05/2021 Closes: 31/05/2021

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Creative Industries Fund: fast start business growth pilot

UK registered micro and small businesses in the creative sector can apply for a package of support to grow their business. This package includes ongoing support from Innovate UK EDGE and funding of up to £25,000 for innovation projects.

Opens: 17/05/2021 Closes: 16/06/2021

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SBRI Competition: Fusion Industry Challenges

Organisations can apply for a share of £2 million, inclusive of VAT, to develop solutions that accelerate fusion power plant design and reduce their fuel requirements.

Opens: 17/05/2021 Closes: 30/06/2021

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Hydrogen Transport Hub: demonstration

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of £2.5 million to demonstrate how green hydrogen can be used to power transport solutions for end users.

Opens: 11/05/2021 Closes: 16/06/2021

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Look Out! Maritime Early Warning Innovations

This Defence & Security Accelerator (DASA) competition is seeking proposals for the development of alternative future concepts for Airborne Early Warning systems. Total funding £1.25M for contracts of up to £250k.

Opens: 10/05/2021 Closes: 06/07/2021

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Prison Leavers Innovation Challenge

Become part of innovative action to reduce the impact of crime on society. Phase 1: up to £25k funding each for 10 prototypes; phase 2: up to £350k each for 4 pilot solutions.

Opens: 22/04/2021 Closes: 13/06/2021

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