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Innovate UK


Innovate UK Support

Innovate UK offer funding and support to nurture business-led innovation across all industry sectors.

Support can be through competitive grants or Knowledge Transfer Partnerships which offer businesses the opportunity to work with academic institutions to gain access to new knowledge.

Innovate UK Briefing – IDP14: 8 November, Cardiff

The Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) and Innovate UK, via the Faraday Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, is to invest up to £20 million in a competition to enable industry-led research into vehicle technologies that accelerates the transition to zero emission vehicles. A briefing meeting will be held at the Principality Stadium on 8 November. Read more.

This is the 14th competition in the Integrated Delivery Programme (IDP) series. For the first time in an IDP competition a proportion of the budget will focus on medium and heavy goods vehicles.

Of particular interest are for projects to develop low-cost, highly integrated systems to enable zero emission journeys for cars or medium and heavy goods vehicles. Applicant focus should be on identified technical or commercial challenges developing zero and zero emission capable technologies on vehicles, from motorbikes to large trucks.

All projects must be a collaboration between at least 2 partners. A business must lead the project.

A maximum of 70% of project costs will be covered, depending on business category.

Feasibility studies (up to £250k per project) Budget: £2 million
Research and development (£250k to £4m per project) Budget: up to £18 million
Full details of the competition scope is available at:
IDP14: accelerating the transition to zero emission vehicles

Feasibility Studies


Phase 1 of the 5G Testbeds and Trials Programme now open!

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is investing up to £25 million as part of the overall £740 million of funding from the National Productivity Investment Fund for next-generation digital infrastructure.

The phase 1 funding competition is the first of a series of future competitions to encourage the development of a UK ‘5G ecosystem’ with technology and deployment, testbeds and trials to stimulate the development of 5G use cases and business models.

Consortia are invited to come forward to bid for projects that will both develop 5G testbed facilities and demonstrate 5G use cases. Projects costs are expected to be between £2m to £5m and must be run to a successful conclusion between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019. A total of £25m is available in Phase 1, which is open from 23rd October 2017.

Key dates

Monday 23 October 2017 - Competition opens. Click here for guidance and application details

Apply by Midday - Wednesday 6th December 2017



For other Innovate UK support please click on the links below:

What if you’re not eligible

You can use the Business Finance Support Finder to check for other funding opportunities. You can also download the Innovation Directory (PDF, 547KB, 50 pages) to find details for other relevant organisations.