EmpowerRD’s grant funding finder 

Latest UK grant funding opportunities for innovative companies.

 

With the increased RDEC rate, UK R&D tax relief will become more lucrative for companies that are awarded innovation grants. Why? From April 2023, the RDEC rate will increase from 13% to 20%, and companies that win innovation grants are typically eligible for the RDEC scheme.

If you’re an innovative business looking for grants, your search stops here! Below is a curated list of some of the most exciting grant funding opportunities currently available.

 

LATEST INNOVATION GRANTS

Innovation UK Smart grants: January 2023

UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £25 million for game-changing and commercially viable R&D innovations that can significantly impact the UK economy. This funding is from Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation.

 

Eligibility

This competition is open to single applicants and collaborations.

To lead a project, your organisation must:

  • Be a UK-registered business of any size
  • Be a UK-registered research and technology organisation (RTO)
  • Carry out all your research and development (R&D) project activity in the UK
  • Intend to commercially exploit the project results from the UK

You must be or involve at least one grant-claiming micro, small or medium-sized enterprise (SME).

 

Dates

Opens: 19 January 2023

Closes: 26 April 2023

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Innovation Loans Future Economy Competition: Round 8

UK registered businesses can apply for loans for innovative projects with strong commercial potential to improve the UK economy significantly.

Eligibility

This competition is open to single small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) applicants registered in the UK.

Dates

Opens: 13 January 2023

Closes: 8 March 2023

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Novel low-emission food production systems: Industrial research
UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £16 million to deliver resource-efficient, low-emission food production systems. Including alternative proteins and Total Controlled Environment Agriculture (TCEA).

Eligibility

This competition is open to collaborations only.

To lead an industrial research project, your organisation must be a UK-registered business of any size.

Dates

Opens: 18 January 2023

Closes: 19 April 2023

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Novel low-emission food production systems: Feasibility studies

UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £16 million to deliver resource-efficient, low-emission food production systems. Including alternative proteins and Total Controlled Environment Agriculture (TCEA).

Eligibility

This competition is open to collaborations only.

To lead a feasibility studies project, your organisation must be UK registered: 

  • Business of any size
  • Academic institution
  • Research organisation
  • Research and technology organisation (RTO)
  • charity
  • Not for profit
  • Public sector organisation

Dates

Opens: 18 January 2023
Closes: 19 April 2023

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Better Food for All: Innovation for improved nutrition, mid-stage

UK-registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £20 million over the three strands of the competition. Projects will support the development of innovative solutions to address significant nutrition challenges. This funding is from Innovate UK.

 

Eligibility

This competition is open to collaborations only. To lead a mid-stage industrial research project, your organisation must be a UK-registered business of any size.

Dates

Opens: 11 January 2023
Closes: 29 March 2023 

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Better Food for All: Innovation for improved nutrition, late-stage

UK-registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £20 million over the three strands of the competition. Projects will support the development of innovative solutions to address significant nutrition challenges. This funding is from Innovate UK.

 

Eligibility

This competition is open to collaborations only. To lead a late-stage experimental development project, your organisation must be a UK-registered business of any size.

Dates

Opens: 11 January 2023
Closes: 29 March 2023 

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Better Food for All: Innovation for improved nutrition, early-stage

UK-registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £20 million over the three strands of the competition. Projects will support the development of innovative solutions to address significant nutrition challenges. This funding is from Innovate UK.

 

Eligibility

This competition is open to collaborations only. To lead an early-stage feasibility project, your organisation must be UK-registered:

  • Business of any size
  • Research organisation
  • Research and technology organisation (RTO)
  • Charity
  • Not-for-profit organisation
  • Public sector organisation

Dates

Opens: 11 January 2023
Closes: 29 March 2023 

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Farming Futures: automation and robotics, industrial research

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £12.5 million across the two strands of this competition to develop innovative solutions for automation and robotics. This funding is from the Farming Futures R&D Fund.

Eligibility

This competition is open to collaborations only. To lead a project, your organisation must be a UK-registered business of any size.

Dates

Opens: 9 January 2023
Closes: 15 March 2023 

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Farming Futures: automation and robotics, experimental development

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £12.5 million across the two strands of this competition to develop innovative solutions for automation and robotics. This funding is from the Farming Futures R&D Fund.

Eligibility

This competition is open to collaborations only. To lead a project, your organisation must be a UK-registered business of any size.

Dates

Opens: 9 January 2023
Closes: 15 March 2023

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Automotive Transformation Fund Expression of Interest: Round 29

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £1 billion for capital-centric investment projects that help industrialise the electrified automotive supply chain at scale in the UK.

Eligibility

This competition is open to single applicants and collaborations.

To lead a project, your organisation must be a UK registered:

  • business of any size
  • carry out the project work in the UK
  • exploit the results from or in the UK

Dates

Opens: 9 January 2023
Closes: 1 Febraury 2023

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Biomedical Catalyst 2023 Round 1: Industry-led R&D

UK registered SMEs can apply for a share of up to £25 million to develop innovative solutions to health and healthcare challenges. This funding is from Innovate UK.

Eligibility

This competition is open to single applicants and collaborations. To lead a project, your organisation must be a UK-registered micro, small or medium-sized enterprise (SME).

    Dates

    Opens: 4 January 2023
    Closes: 1 March 2023

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    Accelerating trustworthy AI: Phase 1 feasibility study 

    UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £2 million in grant funding to form consortia to deliver feasibility studies.

    Eligibility

    This competition is open to single applicants. To lead a project, your organisation must be a UK registered:

    • micro, small or medium-sized enterprise (SME)
    • research and technology organisation (RTO)

    Dates

    Opens: 12 December 2022
    Closes: 25 January 2023

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    Sustainable bio-based materials and manufacture: feasibility study

    UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £2 million in grant funding to form consortia to deliver feasibility studies.

    Eligibility

    This competition is only open to collaborative applications. To lead a project, your organisation must be a UK registered:

    • business of any size
    • academic institution
    • research organisation
    • research and technology organisation (RTO)
    • charity
    • not for profit
    • public sector organisation

      Dates

      Opens: 7 December 2022
      Closes: 1 February 2023

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      Creative Catalyst 2023

      UK registered micro and small businesses in the creative industries sector can apply for funding up to £50,000 with a package of support to grow their business.

      Eligibility

      This competition is open to single applicants only.

      To lead a project, your organisation must:

      • be a UK-registered micro or small business
      • have not previously received funding from Innovate UK

        Dates

        Opens: 5 December 2022
        Closes: 15 February 2023

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