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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:

Eureka: Healthy Ageing

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £2 million to develop digital health technologies in partnership with organisations from EUREKA countries. This EUREKA competition specifically addresses digital health and smart device projects related to healthy ageing.

  • Competition opens: Monday 4 May 2020
  • Registration closes: Wednesday 5 August 2020 12:00pm
  • Sector: Healthcare

GCRF demonstrate impact in developing countries: round 2, phase 1

Organisations can apply for a share of up to £9.3 million to demonstrate market-creating innovations in lower income countries and emerging economies.

  • Competition opens: Monday 2 March 2020
  • Registration closes: Wednesday 10 June 2020 12:00pm
  • Sector: All sectors

SBRI: monitor and visualise domestic pollution to safeguard health

Organisations can apply for a share of £100,000 including VAT, to develop an air quality monitor to provide information and advice on pollutants in the home.

  • Competition opens: Thursday 20 February 2020
  • Registration closes: Wednesday 20 May 2020 12:00pm
  • Sector: Healthcare and devices

Innovation Scholars secondments: biomedical sciences, strand 3

UKRI invites applications for individuals from any discipline wishing to spend up to 36 months (full or part time) on secondment in the biomedical sciences sector.

  • Competition opens: Friday 31 January 2020
  • Registration closes: Wednesday 1 July 2020 12:00pm
  • Sector:  Life Sciences and Healthcare

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 20 May 2020 12:00pm
  • Sector: IoT

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 27 May 2020 12:00pm
  • Sector: All

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