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Innovate UK: The Sustainable Innovation Fund: round 3

The Sustainable Innovation Fund: round 3 (temporary Framework) will help all sectors of the UK rebuild after the effects of COVID-19.

Barrie Dowsett

Chief Executive Officer


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Innovate UK's Latest £175k Business Grant

The aim with this competition is to help all sectors of the UK recover, grow, and create new opportunities from the aftermath of the global health pandemic.  Round 3 of this competition has just opened and enterprises can claim 80% of project costs up to £175,000.

Innovate UK are looking to fund a portfolio of projects across a variety of technologies, markets and regions.  You need to show how the project helps solve key challenges as a direct consequence of COVID-19.  You will also need to consider how the project impacts on climate change and/or environmental sustainability.

The competition closes at 11am on Wednesday 30th September.  It typically takes around 40 to 60 hours to prepare an award winning application, and we recommend you do this over a 3 to 4 week period.

Please get in touch if you'd like to know whether your project would likely qualify for this grant or would like any assistance in preparing the application

Your project:

There is no minimum or maximum limit on your total project costs.

Each funded partner can claim up to 80% of their eligible project costs, up to a maximum of £175,000. This amount cannot exceed their cumulative aid total of 800,000 euros if they have received other funding as part of the COVID-19 Temporary Framework.

You must sign and return your grant offer letter by 14 December 2020, and be ready to start by 1 January 2021. Projects can last up to 3 months.

Who can apply?

To apply for this funding competition your organisation must:

  • be a UK registered business of any size
  • carry out its project work in the UK
  • be able to carry out project work under the current restrictions of COVID-19
  • intend to exploit the results from or in the UK

Academic institutions and research and technology organisations (RTOs) cannot lead or work alone but can be subcontractors.

Sole traders are not eligible to apply for this competition.


COVID-19 has affected R&D across all sectors, and Innovate UK's aim with this competition is to help all sectors of the UK recover, grow and create new opportunities from the aftermath of the global health pandemic.

Your proposal must show evidence of key challenges as a direct consequence of COVID-19, and how your project can help solve them.

You must consider your proposal’s impact on climate change and/or environmental sustainability.

Innovate UK would also like you to address where necessary, equality, diversity and inclusion in relation to your project, your organisation(s) and your approach to innovation.

They are looking to fund a portfolio of projects, across a variety of technologies, markets, regions, technological maturities and research categories, including the themes listed below.

  • decarbonisation, circular economy and/or biodiversity
  • climate change and environmental sustainability
  • geographic or regionally-targeted innovation
  • innovation that is aimed at commercial or residential users
  • innovations that work across more than one sector
  • follow-on international opportunities that help the UK lead the world

Projects Innovate UK will not fund

Innovate UK are not funding projects that:

  • are not related to an impact on a business due to COVID-19 disruption
  • have a negative impact on the environment and/or society
  • have a detrimental effect on equality, diversity, and inclusion
  • would duplicate other UK Government activities or EU-funded initiatives already underway such as the testing or manufacture of vaccines and ventilators
  • do not involve any research and development or innovation, for example, the creation of information-only websites
  • are feasibility studies
  • involve primary production in fishery and aquaculture
  • involve primary production in agriculture
  • are not allowed under de minimis regulation restrictions

Project dates:

  • 1 September 2020 - Competition opens
  • 7 September 2020 - online briefing event: register here
  • 30 September 2020 11:00am - Competition closes
  • 6 November 2020 - Applicants notified

Interested in applying? Get in touch to learn how Myriad Associates can help:

  • Win Rate - Myriad Associates’ boast a strong success rate with Innovate UK applications. 
  • Proven templates & tools for success - Our templates make it easy to collaborate & prepare a winning bid.
  • Honest & Trustworthy – We will not waste your time or money. If we feel your application won't succeed, we will tell you before we undertake the application process.
  • Highly rated UK & European bid writers - We have a highly experienced team of bid writers with proven UK & European success. So far in 2019/20, we secured over €44m in grant funding for our clients.
  • Unlimited revisions - Our grant writers provide feedback on both successful and unsuccessful grant applications. We review this feedback with you to give you ongoing advice and guidance.
  • Risk-free Eligibility Call – Call us for a free eligibility call to see if you have an application worth applying for.

Click here to discuss your application with one of our expert grant bid writers or visit Innovate UK to find out more.

Where do I find more information?

For more information on this grant, please visit: https://apply-for-innovation-funding.service.gov.uk/competition/709/overview#summary

Alternatively, contact us if you'd like to know whether your project would likely qualify for this grant.

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