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External funding

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:

Business-led innovation in response to global disruption (de minimis)

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £20 million to respond to new and urgent needs in UK and global communities during and following the Covid-19 pandemic.
 
  • Competition opens: Friday 3 April 2020
  • Registration closes: Friday 17  April 2020 12:00pm
  • Sector: All sectors

Demonstrators addressing cyber security challenges in the Internet of Things: round 2

UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £4 million for collaborative R&D projects addressing major cyber security challenges in the Internet of Things.
 
  • Competition opens: Monday 27 January 2020
  • Registration closes: Wednesday 15 April 2020 12:00pm
  • Sector: Internet of Things

Innovate UK Smart Grants: January 2020

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.
 
  • Competition opens: Friday 10 January 2020
  • Registration closes: Wednesday 22 April 2020 12:00pm
  • Sector: All sectors

EIT Digital 2021: for a strong digital Europe

EIT Digital opens its proposal submission period for ‘EIT Digital 2021’ in order to launch the construction of 2021 activities. ‘EIT Digital 2021’ targets entrepreneurial minds planning to:

Launch a digital tech startup or product with the EIT Digital Innovation Factory OR Deliver entrepreneurial digital tech education programmes with the EIT Digital Entrepreneurial Academy.

  • Competition opens: Thursday 5 March 2020
  • Registration closes: Thursday May 7, 2020 at 6pm CEST
  • Sector: Digital Tech, Digital Industry, Digital Cities, Digital Wellbeing, Digital Finance