Innovate UK Smart Grants

10 Jun 2021



Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, is investing up to £25 million in the best game-changing and commercially viable innovative or disruptive ideas. All proposals must be business focused.

Applications can come from any area of technology and be applied to any part of the economy, such as, but not exclusively:

  • the arts, design and media
  • creative industries
  • science or engineering

Whilst Innovate UK welcome projects that overlap with the grand challenge areas this is not a requirement, they are also keen to support projects in other areas.

To monitor the impact of their work to promote equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI), all applicants are required to complete an EDI survey. Applicants are also prompted to consider EDI as part of the application process

EDI considerations are highly encouraged where appropriate in the proposal. Applications will continue to be assessed on their innovation merit, where innovation is defined as the potential for commercially successful exploitation of ideas.

In applying to this competition, you are entering a highly competitive process where your chance of success in securing funding will depend on the number and quality of applications submitted.

This competition closes at 11am on 25th August 2021

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