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Grants & funding competitions

Name of scheme Sector Deadline (month 2020) Organisation/Funder/Competition Summary
UKRI open call for research and innovation ideas to address COVID-19 Life sciences/healthcare June 2020 UK Research and Innovatio

Proposals are invited for short-term projects of up to 18 months duration addressing and mitigating the health, social, economic and environmental impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Pre-call announcement: ISCF Transforming Foundation Industries Network Plus

UKRI will be inviting proposals for an ISCF Transforming Foundation Industries Network Plus Grant.

ISCF Healthy Ageing Social, Behavioural & Design Research Programme Life sciences/healthcare UK Research and Innovation

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) are inviting applications to the ISCF Healthy Ageing Social Behavioural and Design Research Programme. £9.5m (100% fEC) will be available to support worldleading research that makes a significant contribution to the lives of people as they age.

Call for Participants in a three-day Sandpit focused on Digital Technologies for Health and Care Postponed to 10-12 November 2020

2020 Merck Research Grants Life sciences/healthcare August 31 Merck

Grants of 100,000 EUR - 500,000 EUR per year for up to 3 years are availabe in the areas of 

Drug discovery,
Bioreactor design for cultured meat,
Next generation machine learning,
Pandemic preparedness / fighting new emerging viral infectious disease

2020 Merck Research Challenges Life sciences/healthcare 31 August 2020 Merck

Merck is organizing a series of research competitions for technology pioneers in

compound synthesis,
high-k dielectric materials,
publication impact &
laboratory connectivity

NATEP: helping SMEs innovate in aerospace, spring 2020 Aerospace 17 June 2020 Innovate UK, Aerospace Technology Institute and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy UK micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can apply for a share of up to £2.5 million for industry led civil aerospace research projects.
Eureka: healthy ageing Life sciences/healthcare 5 August 2020 Innovate UK 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.
EUREKA collaborative R&D: UK Sweden aerospace 2020 Aerospace 1 July 2020 ATI Programme UK businesses can apply for up to £5.8 million to collaborate on a digital security by design demonstrator project in which an additional technology ‘ingredient’ is required. This funding is from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.
EUREKA collaborative R&D: advanced materials, March 2020 Advanced materials 30 June 2020 Innovate UK UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £1 million for advanced materials R&D projects partnering with EUREKA country organisations, including South Korea.
GCRF demonstrate impact in developing countries: round 2, phase 1 Market-creating innovations in lower income countries and emerging economies 10 June 2020 Global Challenges Research Fund Organisations can apply for a share of up to £9.3 million to demonstrate market-creating innovations in lower income countries and emerging economies.
Innovation Scholars secondments: biomedical sciences, strand 3 Life sciences/healthcare 1 July 2020 UKRI 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.
Innovation Scholars secondments: biomedical sciences, strand 2 Life sciences/healthcare 1 July 2020 UKRI UKRI has allocated up to £5 million to fund innovation projects across the 3 streams
UK-Canada: enhancing agricultural productivity and sustainability Agritech 24 June 2020 Innovate UK UK businesses with Canadian business partners can apply for a share of up to £2 million, from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, for innovative projects that enhance productivity and sustainability of crop, livestock and aquaculture systems.
Innovate UK Smart Grants: January 2020 All May 27 Innovate UK 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.
Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS) Provides financial support to businesses across the UK that are losing revenue, and seeing their cashflow disrupted, as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak and that can benefit from £50,000 or less in finance. 
Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) Provides finance to mid-sized and larger UK businesses with a group turnover of more than £45m (the upper limit for the existing smaller-business focused CBILS) that are suffering disruption to their cashflow due to lost or deferred revenues during the Covid-19 outbreak.
Start up loans All sectors NWES Borrow up to £25,000
Fixed interest rate of 6% (Typical APR 6.2%)
No loan arrangement fee

Business Energy Efficiency (BEE) Cambridge & Peterborough

The Business Energy Efficiency (BEE) programme provides free support to SMEs within the GCGP LEP area (Cambridgeshire plus surrounding districts) to help them become more energy efficient. Two types of support are available: energy reviews (energy experts conduct a free, impartial, independent onsite reviews to identify the best cost- and carbon-saving opportunities); grant funding (to support SMEs investing in energy efficiency measures). For further information, please visit the web page.

Business Cash Advance - UK

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

£2,500 to £300,000

for businesses that:

take over £2500 a month in credit or debit card payments,
have been trading for over 4 months

CompeteFor contract service - UK

Free support to help businesses compete for major public and private sector contracts

CRACK IT – Challenges

Enterprise Europe Network - East of England

Fair Business Loans
Fredericks Foundation loans
Funding and advice for space services - UK
Funding Circle - UK
Horizon 2020 funding
Industrial Partnership Awards (IPA) - UK
Industry fellowship
Innovate UK - grant funding, innovation loans and expert support
Innovate2succeed - UK
Innovation Voucher
Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI2) - UK
Low Carbon Innovation Fund - East of England
Media sub-programme grants - UK

National Skills Academies - England
National Tooling Loan Fund - England
Regional Growth Loan Scheme - East of England
Stand-alone LINK - UK
Designing sustainable plastic solutions



Innovate UK 16 September 2020 Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £800,000 to fund early-stage, human-centred design projects to reduce the harm that plastics have on our environment and to therefore increase productivity and growth of the UK economy. This funding is from the Plastic Research and Innovation Fund.
WRAP environmental business advice - UK

Growing Business Awards

Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards

Energy Entrepreneurs Fund

Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS)

Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS)

The National Lottery Community Fund

Transform Ageing

Patent Box Relief

British Council Grants

Biomedical & Energy Catalysts

R&D Tax Credits

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP)

New Enterprise Allowance

Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP)

EUREKA Eurostars

Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme

CRACK IT Challenges

CleanTech Innovate

Shell LiveWIRE Awards (Smarter Future Programme)

CleanTech Challenge

Digital Entrepreneur Awards

Shell Springboard Awards

Lloyds Bank National Business Awards

The British Business Awards

EDF Pulse Award

FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards

NACUE Varsity Pitch Competition

The Prince’s Responsible Business Awards

The Mayor’s Entrepreneur Competition

Hatch Business Competition

Future 100 Awards

Verb U Dell Social Innovation Challenge

China UK Entrepreneurship Challenge

Nectar Business Small Business Awards

FedEx Small Business Grant UK

L’Oreal Brandstorm

Shake to Create

Employing an apprentice