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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:

Innovate UK Smart Grants: October 2019

Opportunity to apply for a share of up to £25 million to deliver ambitious or disruptive R&D innovations that can make a significant impact on the UK economy.

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  • Competition opens: Thursday 17 October 2019
  • Registration closes: Wednesday 8 January 2020 12:00pm
  • Sector: All sectors

ISCF Future food production systems

Apply for a share of up to £20 million to transform food production systems, improve productivity and sustainability, and help the industry move towards net zero emissions by 2040. This funding is from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.

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  • Competition opens: Tuesday 17 September 2019
  • Registration closes: Wednesday 22 January 2020 12:00pm
  • Sector: Food production, Circular Economy

SME support to evaluate innovative medical technologies: round 5

UK registered SMEs can apply for a share of £1.5 million to support the evaluation of innovative medical devices, diagnostics and regulated digital health products.

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  • Competition opens: Monday 30 September 2019
  • Registration closes: Wednesday 11 December 2019 12:00pm
  • Sector: MedTech

Enabling data access in accountancy, insurance and legal services: CR&D

Apply for a share of up to £3.5 million from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, to enable data access and innovation in accountancy, insurance and law.

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  • Competition opens: Monday 14 October 2019
  • Registration closes: Wednesday 20 November 2019 12:00pm
  • Sector: Accountancy, insurance and legal services

ISCF healthy ageing trailblazers: stage 1

This is stage 1 of a 2-stage competition. A total fund of up to £1.5 million is on offer for stage 1 to conduct research and develop a business plan for a healthy ageing ‘trailblazer’. This funding is from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. 

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  • Competition opens: Monday 23 September 2019
  • Registration closes: Wednesday 27 November 2019 12:00pm
  • Sector: Healthcare 

Transforming UK construction: demonstrator projects

UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £26 million for practical, demonstrator projects in MMC, digital and whole-life asset performance.

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  • Competition opens: Wednesday 28 August 2019
  • Registration closes: Wednesday 6 November 2019 12:00pm
  • Sector: Construction

Transforming UK construction round 2: MMC, digital and whole-life performance

UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £10 million for collaborative R&D projects that improve productivity, quality and performance in UK construction.

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  • Competition opens: Wednesday 28 August 2019
  • Registration closes: Wednesday 30 October 2019 2:00pm
  • Sector: Construction

Commercialising quantum technology: large collaborative projects round 1

UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £27 million to collaborate on developing quantum products and services. This funding is from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.

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  • Competition opens: Monday 5 August 2019
  • Registration closes: Wednesday 30 October 2019 12:00pm
  • Sector: Second generation quantum technologies

Innovate UK Smart Grants: April 2019

Opportunity to apply for a share of up to £25 million to deliver ambitious or disruptive R&D innovations with significant potential for impact on the UK economy.

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  • Competition opens: Thursday 25 August 2019
  • Registration closes: Wednesday 16 October 2019 12:00pm
  • Sector: Any