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The UK has a wide variety of funding streams that enable translational research and help bridge the gap in development between early stage technology and commercialisation.

Our experienced funding manager can help you with grant applications and provide access to our resources to help you expand your R&D activities.

Translational funding to bridge the gap in development

Translational funding such as grants can be used to bridge the gap in development between early stage technology resulting from university research, and its commercialisation, usually known as the valley of death. 

In the UK, we are fortunate to be able to access a wide variety of funding streams that enable translational research. Grant funding can provide Start-ups and Spin outs with a vital source of non-dilutive funding or a mechanism by which academics can translate their research. 

Our experienced funding team will help you secure funding

Our experienced funding manager can help you with your grant applications. We have experience in applying for grants from different sources and can help you secure funding from diverse external sources such as the European Union, UKRI and charities such as the Wellcome Trust.

In addition, we have extensive expertise in delivering collaborative innovative projects and can provide access to project managers, data scientists and systems architects. These resources will be provided with a focus on helping SMEs and Scottish-based organisations access larger sources of external funding, enabling them to expand their R&D activities.

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Talk to us about applying for the following grants:

H2020 UFO Project: funding100% of eligible SME eligible costs up to £150k

The call is part of an H2020 project (UFO) with UK companies eligible for innovation vouchers up to €150k per project (at up to 100% eligible costs).  The aim is for SMEs to develop innovative products and services by integrating new technological solutions and know-how provided by the combination of innovative Small Flying Objects (SFOs: drones, high altitude platforms systems, small satellites), embedded nano and digital technologies, Key Enabling Technologies (KETs), data analysis and exploitation solutions.

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  • The call is open to companies in UK, France, Bulgaria, Greece, Romania
  • At least 2 SMEs from partnering countries (can be from the same country but scored higher if at least 2 countries)
  • Innovation vouchers to support: market and business development; feasibility; and demonstration
  • Innovation vouchers from €20k-150k max per project
  • Can fund 100% eligible costs

ISCF smart sustainable plastic packaging: business-led R&D

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £7 million for R&D projects with the potential to significantly impact the 2025 UK Plastic Pact targets. This funding is from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.

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  • Competition opens: Tuesday 18 May 2021
  • Registration closes: Wednesday 8 September 2021 11:00am
  • Sector: All sectors

Innovate UK Smart Grants: May 2021

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

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  • Competition opens: Friday 28 May 2021
  • Registration closes: Wednesday 25 August 2021 11:00am
  • Sector: All sectors

Biomedical catalyst 2021: early and late stage awards

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £18 million to develop innovative healthcare products, technologies and processes. This funding is from Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation.

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  • Competition opens: Monday 7 June 2021
  • Registration closes: Thursday 26 August 2021 11:00am
  • Sector: Healthcare