Innovation competitions

Current innovation competitions from Innovate UK, the government’s innovation agency.  
 
Open programme round 3
UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £15 million. This is to deliver game-changing, cutting-edge innovations with significant potential for impact on the UK economy.
 
Eligible applicants must:
  • be a UK based business;
  • carry out your project in the UK;
  • work alone or in collaboration with others (businesses / research base / third sector).
Open 12 June 2017 to 9 August 2017.
 
UK-Malaysia urban innovation challenge 2017
UK businesses can apply for a share of £3 million to work with Malaysian partners on innovative urban solutions in Malaysia.
 
Eligibility:
  • UK businesses can carry out the project as the only UK partner or can work with others. However, will need to partner with at least one Malaysian small and medium-sized enterprise (SME).
  • A business must lead the project in the UK.
  • Only SMEs are allowed to lead in Malaysia.
Open 2 May 2017 to 6 September 2017.
 
Infrastructure systems round 3
UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £15 million to develop innovative solutions to challenges in infrastructure systems.
 
Eligibility:
To lead a project you must:
  • involve at least one SME;
  • work alone or in collaboration with other organisations.
Projects longer than 12 months or with costs of £100,000 or more must be collaborative with other partners.
 
Open 10 July 2017 to 13 September 2017.
 
SBRI competition: Improving operations through machine learning
Organisations can apply for a share of up to £250,000 to develop machine learning solutions that will improve Innovate UK’s operations.
 
Eligibility:
To lead a project, you must:
  • be an organisation of any size;
  • work alone or with others (businesses, research base and third sector).
Open 24 July 2017 to 13 September 2017.
 
Faraday Challenge: Innovation - research and development
UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £30 million to work on innovation projects to design, develop and manufacture batteries for the electrification of vehicles.
 
Eligibility:
To lead a project you must:
  • be a UK based business of any size or are a research and technology organisation;
  • involve at least one other partner for business led projects;
  • involve at least 2 other partners if the lead is a research and technology organisation.
Open 25 July 2017 to 14 September 2017.
 
Eureka Eurostars 2 Call 8
EUREKA Eurostars is aimed at innovative small to medium enterprises (SMEs) wanting to take part in collaborative research with partners across Europe and associated countries. Innovate UK manages UK applications.
 
Eligibility:
To lead a project in the UK you must:
  • be a small to medium enterprise (SME);
  • have a main partner who is a research and development (R&D) performing SME.
Open  24 July 2017 to 14 September 2017.
 
Faraday Challenge: Innovation - feasibility studies
UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £10 million to work on innovation projects to design, develop and manufacture batteries for the electrification of vehicles.
 
Eligibility:
To lead a project you must:
  • be a UK-based business of any size or a research and technology organisation (RTO);
  • involve at least one other partner for business-led projects;
  • involve at least 2 other partners if the lead is an RTO.
Open 25 July 2017 to 14 September 2017.
 
Faraday Challenge: Scale up - National Battery Manufacturing Development Facility 
UK businesses and research organisations can apply for funding. This will establish a National Battery Manufacturing Development Facility as part of the Faraday Challenge Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.
 
Eligibility:
To lead a project you must:
  • be a UK based organisation of any size;
  • have a project based in the UK;
  • be able to show how your proposal aligns to current state aid regulations.
Open  25 July 2017 to 14 September 2017.
 
Commercialisation of quantum technologies 4
You can apply for a share of £9 million to work with research organisations or other businesses on commercialising quantum technologies.
 
Eligibility:
To lead a project you must:
  • be a UK-based business of any size or a research and technology organisation;
  • carry out your project work in the UK;
  • work in collaboration with other organisations.
Open 17 July 2017 to 20 September 2017.
 
Newton UK-China agritech challenge 2017
UK organisations can apply for a share of up to £8 million to work with Chinese partners on innovative agricultural solutions in China.
 
Eligibility:
To lead a project you must address challenges related to agricultural technologies in one or more of the following sectors:
  • precision agriculture, agriculture digitisation and decision management tools;
  • improving the efficiency of sustainable agricultural production;
  • agricultural products processing.
Open 5 June 2017 to 20 September 2017.
 
SBRI funding competition: business productivity portal
Organisations can apply for a share of up to £500,000 to develop solutions that provide information on improving business productivity.
 
Eligibility:
To lead a project, you must:
  • be an organisation of any size;
  • work alone or in collaboration with others (businesses, research base and third sector).
Open 24 July 2017 to 27 September 2017.
 
UK-Guangdong urban innovation challenge 2017
UK businesses can apply for a share of £3 million to work with Chinese partners on innovative urban solutions in Guangdong province.
 
Eligibility:
The aim of this competition is to encourage innovative partnerships between the UK and Guangdong province.
 
To lead a project you must:
  • be a UK-based business of any size;
  • be a Chinese business that has been registered in Guangdong province for over one year.
Open 3 July 2017 to 4 October 2017.
 
Biomedical catalyst 2017 round 3: early stage 
Micro, small or medium-size UK companies can apply for a share of £10 million to work alone or with others on solving healthcare challenges.
 
Eligibility:
To lead a project you must:
  • be a UK-registered micro, small or medium-sized enterprise (SME);
  • work alone or in partnership with others (SMEs, academic or research organisations);
  • carry out your project in the UK.
Open 31 July 2017 to 11 October 2017. 
 
Biomedical catalyst 2017 round 3: feasibility studies
Micro, small or medium-size UK companies can apply for a share of £2 million to work alone or with others on solving healthcare challenges.
 
Eligibility:
To lead a project you must:
  • be a UK-registered micro, small or medium-sized enterprise (SME);
  • work alone or in partnership with others (SMEs, academics or research organisations);
  • carry out your project in the UK.
Open 31 July 2017 to 11 October 2017.
 
Digital health technology catalyst 2017 round 1 
UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £8 million to speed up development of new digital technology healthcare solutions.
 
Eligibility:
To lead a project you must:
  • be a UK-based small or medium-sized business (SME);
  • carry out your project in the UK;
  • be able to start your project by 1 February 2018;
  • work alone or in collaboration with other organisations.
Open 31 July 2017 to 11 October 2017. 
 
Newton Bhabha UK–India industrial waste challenge 2017
UK organisations can apply for a share of £8 million to work with Indian partners on biotechnology solutions for industrial waste challenges in India.
 
Eligibility:
To apply your project consortium must include:
  • a UK-based business;
  • a UK higher education institution or research council institute eligible for BBSRC/EPSRC funding;
  • a Government of India supported or recognised academic institution or research organisation.
Open 5 June 2017 to 18 October 2017.
 
Innovation in vehicle-to-grid (V2G) systems: real-world demonstrators
UK businesses can apply for a share of £20 million across 3 competitions to research technologies and business models that develop future vehicle-to-grid (V2G) products and services.
 
Eligibility:
To lead a project in this real-world demonstrator competition you must:
  • be a UK based business of any size;
  • carry out your project in the UK, unless you have a strong case to do otherwise;
  • work in collaboration with others (businesses, research base, third sector).
Open 10 July 2017 to 18 October 2017.
 
Innovation in vehicle-to-grid (V2G) systems: feasibility studies
UK businesses can apply for a share of £20 million across 3 competitions to research technologies and business models that develop future vehicle-to-grid products and services.
 
Eligibility:
To lead a project for this feasibility studies competition you must:
  • be a UK-based business of any size;
  • carry out your project in the UK, unless you have a strong case to do otherwise;
  • work in collaboration with others (businesses, research base, third sector).
Open 10 July 2017 to 18 October 2017.
 
Innovation in vehicle-to-grid (V2G) systems: collaborative research and development
UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £20 million across 3 competitions to research technologies and business models that develop future vehicle-to-grid (V2G) products and services.
 
Eligibility:
To lead a project in this collaborative research and development competition you must:
  • be a UK based business of any size;
  • carry out your project in the UK, unless you have a strong case to do otherwise;
  • work in collaboration with others (businesses, research base, third sector).
Open 10 July 2017 to 18 October 2017. 
 
Connected and autonomous vehicles 3: feasibility studies
UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £2 million to research and develop new connected and autonomous vehicle technologies.
 
Eligibility:
To lead a project in this connected and autonomous vehicles feasibility studies (CAV) competition you must:
  • be a UK-based business of any size;
  • involve at least one other organisation;
  • ensure research and development is conducted in the UK.
Open 25 July 2017 to 25 October 2017. 
 
Connected and autonomous vehicles 3: research and development
UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £23 million to research and develop new connected and autonomous vehicle technologies.
 
Eligibility:
To lead a project in this research and development competition you must:
  • be a UK-based business of any size;
  • involve at least one other organisation;
  • ensure research and development is conducted in the UK.
Open 25 July 2017 to 25 October 2017.
 
 
More information on innovation competitions is available at GOV.UK