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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:

Eurostars 2020 cut-offs

If you are a small company in need of public funding for your innovative idea, then Eurostars has been carefully developed to meet your specific needs With its bottom-up approach, it stimulates international collaborative research and innovation projects that will be rapidly commercialized. It is your ideal first step in international cooperation.

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  • Competition opens: Now open
  • Registration closes: 3 September 2020
  • Sector: All sectors

Biomedical Catalyst 2020: round 1, early and late stage awards

UK registered SMEs can apply for a share of up to £30 million to develop a product or process that is an innovative solution to a health and care challenge.

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  • Competition opens: Monday 27 July 2020
  • Registration closes: Wednesday 7 October 2020 11:00am
  • Sector: Healthcare

The Sustainable Innovation Fund: round 2 (de minimis)

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £26 million for new projects focusing on sustainable economic recovery from COVID-19. This funding is from Innovate UK.

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  • Competition opens: Tuesday 28 July 2020
  • Registration closes: Wednesday 2 September 2020 11:00am
  • Sector: All sectors

DASA

Phase 2 of Autonomy in Challenging Environments will open with a virtual launch on the 21st July and close on the 10th September.

You can sign up for the virtual launch here

There will also be a 1-2-1 event on the 29th July, registration will open via our EventBrite page on the 21st July.

The full competition document is here.

There are three Challenges:

1. perception and situational awareness
2. mobility
3. maintaining effective human-machine partnerships

These are applied over a wide range of vehicles and environments

  • Competition opens: 21 July 2020
  • Registration closes: 10 September 2020

Designing sustainable plastic solutions

Competition to win funding for early-stage, human-centred design projects to reduce plastics’ harm to the environment, increase productivity and grow the UK economy.

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  • Competition opens: Wednesday 3 June 2020
  • Registration closes: Wednesday 16 September 2020 12:00pm
  • Sector: Green economy

Young Innovators Awards 2020/21

Young people can apply for an award to make their business idea a reality. The Award includes a £5,000 grant, tailored business support and a living allowance.

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  • Competition opens: Monday 15 June 2020
  • Registration closes: Wednesday 2 September 2020 11:00am
  • Sector: All

Energy Catalyst round 8: clean energy - experimental development

Organisations can apply for a share of up to £20 million to develop and demonstrate innovative solutions for clean, affordable and secure energy access in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia or South East Asia

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  • Competition opens: Tuesday 16 June 2020
  • Registration closes: Wednesday 16 September 2020 11:00am
  • Sector: Energy

Energy Catalyst round 8: clean energy access - industrial research

Organisations can apply for a share of up to £20 million to develop and demonstrate innovative solutions for clean, affordable and secure energy access in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia or South East Asia.

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  • Competition opens: Tuesday 16 June 2020
  • Registration closes: Wednesday 16 September 2020 11:00am
  • Sector: Energy

Energy Catalyst round 8: clean energy access, feasibility projects

Organisations can apply for a share of up to £20 million to develop and demonstrate innovative solutions for clean, affordable and secure energy access in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia or South East Asia.

  • Competition opens: Tuesday 16 June 2020
  • Registration closes: Wednesday 16 September 2020 11:00am
  • Sector: Energy

Manufacturing made smarter: digital supply chain, industrial research

UK registered businesses can apply for funding towards an industrial research project in digital technologies to transform supply chains in UK manufacturing. This funding is from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.

  • Competition opens: Monday 6 July 2020
  • Registration closes: Wednesday 7 October 2020 12:00pm
  • Sector: Manufacturing

Manufacturing made smarter: digital supply chain, feasibility studies

UK registered businesses can apply for funding towards feasibility studies into digital technologies to transform supply chains in UK manufacturing. This funding is from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.

  • Competition opens: Monday 6 July 2020
  • Registration closes: Wednesday 7 October 2020 12:00pm
  • Sector: Manufacturing

IETF deployment of energy efficiency technologies in industry

Organisations can apply for a share of up to £30 million for grants for energy efficiency projects that reduce fuel bills and carbon emissions.

  • Competition opens: Monday 20 July 2020
  • Registration closes: Wednesday 28 October 2020 11:00am
  • Sector: Energy Efficiency & Decarbonisation

IETF industrial energy efficiency and decarbonisation studies

Organisations can apply for a share of up to £30 million for grants to carry out feasibility and engineering studies into energy efficiency and decarbonisation.

  • Competition opens: Monday 20 July 2020
  • Registration closes: Wednesday 28 October 2020 11:00am
  • Sector: Energy Efficiency & Decarbonisation