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28 March 2019

Funding Opportunities - Lorna Carver

Funding Opportunities - March 2019

- By Lorna Carver, Dorset LEP Director

Hello and welcome to the March edition of my funding opportunities blog.

In this funding blog you will find £ millions of Government investment into research and development (R&D). The modern Industrial Strategy is now in place and an up to £4.7 billion challenge fund for R&D is starting to be pumped into UK organisations via these highly competitive competitions. For this reason, Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has a fully funded Bid Writing Support Service (BWSS) to help Dorset organisations win some of this money. If you are a Dorset-based organisation looking to lead or partner on a challenge fund / Innovate UK competition then you can apply for a one-to-one with the BWSS here.  

Funding Opportunities:

Here are some of the latest competitions from Innovate UK:

The UK Aerospace Research and Technology Programme

This programme provides grant funding to industrial research and capital projects to encourage innovation in UK civil aerospace.

  • Competition opens: Monday 08 April 2019
  • Competition closes: Wednesday 24 April 2019, 12:00pm

For more information click here.

EUREKA CELTIC programme

UK organisations can apply for a share of up to £1 million for 5G collaborative R&D projects in the EUREKA CELTIC programme.

  • Competition opens: Monday 01 April 2019
  • Competition closes: Wednesday 29 May 2019, 12:00pm

For more information click here.

Agritech Catalyst Round 8: Agriculture and Food Systems Innovation

UK businesses and research organisations can apply for a share of up to £3 million from Department For International Development for projects with partners in eligible African countries.

  • Competition opens: Monday 01 April 2019
  • Competition closes: Wednesday 29 May 2019, 12:00pm

For more information click here. 

Improving Housing Management to Improve Health Outcomes: Small Business Research Initiative

Organisations can apply for a share of £1.25 million, including VAT, to develop a solution to improve the management of housing stock, which leads to improved health outcomes.

  • Competition opens: Monday 01 April 2019
  • Competition closes: Wednesday 29 May 2019, 12:00pm

For more information click here.

Digital health technology catalyst round 4: collaborative R&D

UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £5 million to develop new digital health solutions. Projects can use the services of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) DataLab to help with real world data. This funding is from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.

  • Competition opened: Monday 11 February 2019
  • Competition closes: Wednesday 10 April 2019, 12:00pm

For more information click here. 

Innovate UK Smart Grants

Opportunity to apply for a share of up to £20 million to deliver ambitious or disruptive R&D innovations with significant potential for impact on the UK economy.

  • Competition opened: Monday 1 April 2019
  • Competition closes: Wednesday 29 May 2019, 12:00pm

For more information Click here.

Electronics, sensors and photonics for robotics in extreme environments

UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £2 million to develop reliable extreme environment grade electronics, sensors and photonics for robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) systems. This funding is from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.

  • Competition opened: Monday 01 April 2019
  • Competition closes: Wednesday 29 May 2019, 12:00pm

For more information click here.

News:

UK and South Korea: Joint Research and Development

The UK and South Korea announce a joint funding competition for R&D projects under the EUREKA programme. UK businesses can apply for share of up to £1 million. For more information click here.

Heard of the British Business Bank?

The British Business Bank is a government-owned business development bank dedicated to making finance markets work better for smaller businesses. Whether you’re looking for finance to start a business, grow to the next level, or stay ahead of the competition, they say that they can deliver greater volume and choice of finance. For more information click here.

Scaling-Up?

If you are a business thinking about scaling-up, then you will be interested to hear about the SetSquared Partnership’s Scale-Up Programme. Click here to find out more.

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