Good Application Guide
This guide aims to support prospective grant applicants to submit high quality proposals, giving them the best chance of success.
How to apply for funding
Grant funding is often seen as “free money”, but that’s a misnomer – it is as free as securing a sale or equity investment. You need to put in effort into presenting the most compelling case that your grant application is a better option than all the other applications that are being assessed.
Many of the questions that are asked by the grant application process are similar to the questions that investors or potential customers might be asking about your opportunity. As well as funding important R&D work, securing grant funding can provide validation of your project by a third party. This can be useful in the investment process, to help investor confidence.
Innovate UK Business Connect’s Investment team have produced a useful guide on how to apply for funding.
To find how Innovate UK Business Connect can support your funding application or help you find partners, click here.
Innovate UK innovation loans future economy: round 13
Opens: 11/01/2024 Closes: 06/03/2024
UK registered businesses can apply for loans for innovative projects with strong commercial potential to significantly improve the UK economy.
Innovate UK Smart grants: January 2024
Opens: 18/01/2024 Closes: 24/04/2024
UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £25m for game-changing R&D that can significantly impact the UK economy.
Knowledge transfer partnerships (KTP): 2024 to 2025 Round 1
Opens: 13/02/2024 Closes: 10/04/2024
UK registered academic institutions, RTOs or Catapults can apply for a share of up to £9 million to fund innovation projects with businesses or not for profits.
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