If R&D is part of your ongoing business activity you know the benefits it brings. Maybe you’ve already used our Grant for R&D to support a research project.
Think what you could achieve by stepping up to the next level and collaborating on an R&D project that could have a global impact. The opportunity is there, and the funding is there. We can help you get a slice of it.
At today’s Innovation and R&D Escalator Workshop, organised by Invest NI, over 100 local companies found out how to go about applying for Innovate UK funding.
Every year Innovate UK runs competitions that award in excess of £400 million to help businesses with R&D. Competitions are designed to address unmet needs in a specific area, or a challenge faced by society. The competitions are themed; for example, energy, biosciences, food supply chains, agri-tech, technology, flexible manufacturing. Find out about the competitions that are currently open.
The half-day workshop featured Nick Bassett and Bruce Colley from Innovate UK who explained how the funding works and what kind of projects are eligible.
There was advice on filling in the application form and a presentation from an assessor on how the applications are judged.
Part of the event included a dummy application workshop which was designed to provide further insight to the application process.
The project depicted in the application is completely fictional and has no bearing to any real of live project.
When applications are scored they would generally fall into three areas which are highlighted below:
Any company, from any sector that has a good background in R&D and a great idea for a new product or service should consider applying for Innovate UK funding.
The funding isn’t aimed at big companies. In fact there is a standing ‘always open’ competition, SMART, specifically for small and medium-sized businesses.
The biggest opportunities involve joining forces with other forward-thinking UK companies to undertake collaborative R&D.
You can apply for funding if you want to do one or more of the following:
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If you missed today’s workshop and want to find out more about Innovate UK competitions or other R&D support, contact us on 0800 181 4422.