Innovate UK Funding

Innovation Vouchers


You can get up to £5,000 from Innovate UK to pay for an external expert to help your business grow.

You can use this expert to develop or improve an innovative idea for a new product, process or service. Or they could show you how to use design within your business or how to manage and use intellectual property.

Innovate UK can help you find and choose an expert from one of the following:

  • universities and further education colleges
  • research and technology institutes
  • technical consultancies and Catapult centres
  • design advisers
  • intellectual property advisers


To qualify for an Innovation Voucher you must:

  • be starting up or running a micro, small or medium-sized UK business
  • need help with something that’s a real challenge for your business, not just a small improvement or change
  • have not worked with this expert before

How to apply

We enter eligible applications into a draw and choose winners at random. You must apply online. 

Read about how other businesses have benefited from Innovation Vouchers funding.

Apply online for Innovation Vouchers funding