Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency, runs funding competitions which can help you develop your innovative idea and make it successful. Innovate UK funding competitions provide funding between £25,000 and £10 million.
Innovate UK is the UK’s innovation agency. They drive productivity and growth by helping businesses realise the potential of developing new technologies, ideas and making them a success.
In general, the further away from commercialisation your project is, the more funding you can receive from Innovate UK. Award-winning projects will have global opportunities that draw on unique strengths from the UK.
If you are a UK-based business, you can apply for funding. All kinds of business are eligible, from startups to large multi-national corporations.
If you are a UK-based business, you can apply for funding to:
In 2018-2019, Innovate UK has funding competitions across four industry sectors:
The open programme accepts applications from any company in any sector of the UK economy.
Preparation of an Innovate UK application takes between 150 to 300 hours of work.
You will need the right combination of people to cover the applications’s key aspects: the technology, market knowledge, commercialisation plan, and financial details.
Only applications that meet the funding competition’s eligibility criteria and scope are sent for assessment. You will be notified if your application is out of scope, with full reasons why.
Applications are assessed by up to five independent assessors, who judge the applications against the same set of scoring criteria. The assessors provide written feedback for each scored question.
All applications are judged on individual merit, with the Innovate UK funder’s panel making the final decision regarding funding.
Some competitions are subject to a ‘portfolio’ approach, to ensure that funds are allocated across the strategic areas in the competition’s scope. All successful applications must meet a quality threshold.
As Innovate UK has recently changed the way that they work and has introduced a new grant funding competition structure for 2016-2017, there is not currently any information available about the success rate of applications.
Your Innovate UK application is more likely to succeed if it:
An Innovate UK applications are scored by up to five external assessors who are experts in the area of innovation identified in the application. These experts represent both business and research sectors.
Innovate UK aims to inform you whether or not your project will be funded around 3 months after the submission deadline.
Assessor feedback is provided on all applications. This usually 4 weeks after you are notified of a decision.
For Innovate UK, project costs are only eligible if they are incurred and paid between the project start date and project end date. These claims may be subject to an independent audit. Grants are claimed quarterly, in arrears, and are paid once the required audits and reports are complete.
Myriad Associates have an enviable track record with R&D grant applications. Using our grant application services can give you a significant competitive advantage over other grant applicants.
We assess your chances of success
We hold a workshop session with you
We help you prepare your grant application
We submit your grant application
We help you comply with the conditions of your grant
We take care of your application from start to finish
Project Assessment – Initial consultation to discuss your project and assess its chances of success (up to 1hr free consultation)
Workshop Session – Our specialist consultants discuss all the relevant technical, commercial, and financial details of your project with you during a workshop session. We then generate a gap analysis & allocates tasks accordingly.
Grant Writing – We will provide you with full access to our grant templates & optimise your application to maximise your chance of success.
Submission and Feedback – We complete the online registration process and submit the grant application on your behalf. Grant assessors provide feedback on both successful and unsuccessful grant applications, and we review this feedback with you to give you on-going advice and guidance.
Compliance and Monitoring – When your grant application is approved, we can help you prepare & complete all documentation requests from the grant body.
You can download our information sheet on Innovate UK grants.
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