Innovate UK

Smart Grants

This is an opportunity for UK-registered organisations to apply for a share of up to £25 million to deliver game-changing and commercially viable research and development (R&D) innovation that can significantly impact the UK economy.
Registration Closes: 6 October 2021

To see the eligibility summary go here.
Apply here.  


Healthy Ageing Challenge

One in 12 people in the UK are over 75. By 2040, this will rise to one in seven. A third of children born now are expected to live to 100. On average, people aged 65 will live just half of the rest of their life without disability.

We want:

  • everyone to remain active, productive, independent and socially connected across generations for as long as possible
  • to narrow the gap between the experiences of the richest and poorest.

The challenge will help businesses, including social enterprises, to create products and services to help people as they age, and deliver them at scale.

To see the more information go here.



Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN)

The KTN are offering frequently updated news regarding business funding in the UK. This includes collaborative funding, knowledge transfer partnerships (KTP), SBRI (Small Business Research Initiative), grant funding, competitions, and innovation loans. 

To find out more about the KTN's current funding opportunities click here.

KTN AgriFood Funding Opportunities:

Three new funding competitions are launching soon for farmers, businesses and research organisations who want to help increase productivity and environmental sustainability in the agricultural and horticultural sectors in England.

To find out more about the Research Starter Projects click here.

To find out more about the Feasibility Projects click here.

To find out more about the Small R&D Partnership Projects click here.


KTN Health Funding Map:

KTN and BIA are launching a Health Funding Map that will help in the navigation of the complicated world of innovation funding. The aim of the map is to enable a level of understanding to be developed online but, more importantly, it provides an opportunity for innovators to start a conversation with KTN about how we can help you to navigate the innovation funding landscape.

To find out more about the Health Funding Map click here.



Artificial Intelligence in Health and Care Award

The Artificial Intelligence (AI) Award is run by the Accelerated Access Collaborative (AAC) in partnership with NHSX and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). It will make £140 million available over four years to accelerate the testing and evaluation of the most promising AI technologies which meet the strategic aims set out in the NHS Long Term Plan.

The Award will support technologies across the spectrum of development: from initial feasibility to evaluation within the NHS. The first award has focused on four key areas: screening, diagnosis, decision support and improving system efficiency.

The AI Award is part of the £250 million funding given by the Department for Health and Social Care to NHSX to establish an AI Lab aimed at improving the health and lives of patients

The Award forms a key part of the AAC’s ambition to establish a globally leading testing infrastructure for innovation in the UK.

Calls for applications for the Award will run at least twice a year through an open competition to identify appropriate AI technologies for support into the NHS.

AI Award competition update

Round 3 applications

We will be inviting applications for the next competition from w/c 28 June, with a submission deadline of w/c 6 September 2021. Please note these dates are subject to change and this competition will not be open to Phase 1 applications. There are more details about the application timeline on the NIHR website.

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)

Ethics in artificial intelligence research and development:

Apply for funding to explore ways to include ethics in the research and development of artificial intelligence. Project teams should include collaborating partners from at least one non-academic organisation that will be in the early stages of developing an AI system or technology. For more information click here.

Explore the impact of artificial intelligence ethics on workplaces:

AHRC calls out for scoping projects on exploring the impact of AI ethics on workplaces. Apply for funding to research how ethical artificial intelligence frameworks affect workplace culture. Deadline September 21st. For more information click here.

The Farming Innovation Programme

In October 2021, Defra will launch the first competitions of its new Industry-led R&D Partnerships fund. This funding aims to encourage groups of farmers, growers, businesses and researchers to get involved in collaborative research and development. There are four different competitions to enter, which offer different scales of funding.

Click here to find out more about the eligibility criteria, the application proccess, and the funding availible.

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Peer Networks Programme 2021

Thames Valley Berkshire Business Growth Hub has announced it will run a second peer-to-peer networking programme for Berkshire businesses following the success of last year’s pilot.

Part of the Government’s Peer Networks initiative, the free programme will bring together diverse cohorts of business leaders to discuss business challenges and opportunities. Delivered through a series of six high impact group sessions with a trained facilitator, business owners will share experiences, discuss common issues and identify practical solutions to overcome them. The programme aims to help SMEs create a trusted local support network, accelerate growth and improve productivity.

For more details and to register your interest click here.


The Diversity and Inclusion Toolkit

The tech sector is currently responsible for 1 in 10 UK job vacancies, however there is continued disparity in representation and venture capital investment for underrepresented groups. 

As such, Tech Nation are delighted to launch the Diversity & Inclusion Toolkit, a guide for tech founders and their employees to help them build more diverse and inclusive businesses, and provide equal opportunities for everyone aspiring to work in UK tech.

For more details click here.

Women in Innovation Awards 2021/22

Innovate UK’s Women in Innovation 2021/22 competition aims to get more women with excellent ideas innovating within UK businesses.

At least 20 female entrepreneurs will be awarded a cash injection of £50K each, and recieve a bespoke package of business support, coaching and mentoring.

The  competition is open for applications. Click here to find out more about the eligibility criteria, the application proccess, and timeline.