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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: August 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: Thursday 26 August 2021
  • Registration closes: Wednesday 6 October 2021 11:00am
  • Sector: All sectors

Healthy Ageing Challenge - Designed for Ageing

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £14.4million for service-led innovations to support healthy ageing.

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  • Competition opens: Monday 20 September 2021
  • Registration closes:  Wednesday 17 November 2021 11:00am
  • Sector: All sectors

Women in Innovation Awards 2021/22

Women with exciting, innovative ideas who will inspire others can apply for a £50,000 grant and bespoke business support.

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  • Competition opens: Monday 23 August 2021
  • Registration closes: Wednesday 13 October 2021 11:00am
  • Sector: All sectors

Knowledge transfer partnerships (KTP): 2021 to 2022, round 3

UK registered academic institutions, RTOs or Catapults can apply for a share of up to £6 million to fund innovation projects with businesses or not-for-profits.

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  • Competition opens: Monday 5 July 2021
  • Registration closes: Wednesday 29 September 2021 11:00 UK time
  • Sector: All sectors