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.

To see the eligibility summary go here.

You can also check the competition overview and apply here

Innovation Loans: April 2021 open competition

Innovate UK is offering up to £20 million in loans to micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Loans are for highly innovative late stage projects with the best game changing and disruptive ideas or concepts. There should be a clear route to commercialisation and economic impact.

To see the eligibility summary go 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. 

Find more about the KTN's current funding opportunities 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.

The Royal Society

Industry Fellowships

This long-standing scheme enables the mobility of talented scientists and engineers from industry and academia in order to move between the sectors. These secondments support the researcher's development, fosters exchange of knowledge, stimulates longer-term collaborations, and establishes personal, scientific and corporate links between sectors.

The Industry Fellowship is part of the Royal Society's wider Science and Industry Programme which strives to promote the value and importance of science by connecting academia, industry and government.

The Industry Fellowship scheme is open to academic and industrial researchers from early to senior career stages based in the UK.

 For more information on the Industry Fellowship go here.

You can apply for the Industry Fellowship here

What's Going On...

R.U.Hacking? 2021 online hackathon!

26th -27th June 2021

R. U. Hacking? (Reading University Hacking) proudly present our third annual 24-hour Student Hackathon at the University of Reading, welcoming students from all over the UK and EU!

If you'd like to find out more about the event, get in touch with us at readingunihack@gmail.com!

 

applied ai

Applied AI is Tech Nation’s first growth programme for Artificial Intelligence to help the UK’s most promising founders who are applying AI in practical areas and creating real-world impact. The programme is based on peer-to-peer support and the shared experience of later-stage founders, all curated under the values of honesty, intimacy and trust.

Now in its third year, Applied AI is looking for yet another cohort to support. It’s free to join and we don’t take an equity stake in your business.

Applications close at 4 pm on 30 June 2021.

Apply here.

Women in Innovation Awards 2021/22

Innovate UK’s Women in Innovation 2021/22 competition, that aims to get more women with excellent ideas innovating within UK businesses, will open this Summer. 

On the 17th of August, the KTN will be hosting a briefing event that will focus on providing information about the awards, eligibility criteria, the application process, and timeline.  

Subscribe here to the Women In Innovation newsletter for competition updates.