Invest NI is a proud partner of Innovate UK. An executive, non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Innovate UK is the UK’s innovation agency.

Innovate UK understand that taking a new idea to market is a challenge. They fund, support and connect innovative businesses through a unique mix of people and programmes to accelerate sustainable economic growth.

Explore and apply for funding for innovation projects on

Innovate UK Manager

Lorraine Acheson has recently been appointed as Innovate UK Manager for Northern Ireland. Lorraine is based in the Invest Northern Ireland Bedford Street office and will work closely with the Innovation, Research and Development team.

See how Innovate UK can help your business

View the Knowledge Transfer Network’s funding application guide(PDF)


Innovation loans

Download an overview of Innovate UK’s loan programme for SMEs involved in late-stage innovation projects (PDF)


Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund

The Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund supports research and innovation. Its aim is to strengthen UK science and business innovation and take on the biggest challenges that society and industries face today.

Find out more about the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund


Case study | Find out how Exploristics benefited from Innovate UK support


Not sure that this support is right for you? Contact us and we can explore options for your business together.

Our support may be subject to some eligibility criteria.

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