The recent collaboration with PNO was second to none in terms of enhancing the quality and score of our application to the Innovate UK Biomaterials Manufacture collaborative R&D call.

Dr Alexander Novitskiy, CEO of Nova Biochem Ltd.   


Innovate UK’s Investor Partnerships Programme provides SMEs with a combination of grant support for research and development and access to capital investment from a select pool of investors, to support commercialisation of their innovations. Here we share our insights on engaging investor partners and the application process.


The European Commission and the United Kingdom have reached an agreement allowing the UK to rejoin Horizon Europe as an Associated Country. Good news for all researchers and organisations in the UK collaborating with their counterparts in the EU Member States on global challenges from climate to health.

PNO Consultants Limited are the UK operation of the PNO Group – Europe’s largest innovation and funding consultancy. From our office in Manchester we provide UK wide coverage, supporting start-ups, established SME’s, large enterprises and universities across all research disciplines and sectors, with extensive experience of all principal national and European funding programmes. This includes schemes managed by Grantor Bodies such as Innovate UK, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) as well as European programmes such as Horizon 2020 (look at a selection of key schemes in which we specialise).

PNO UK team


Our service model covers the entire grant acquisition process from the identification of funding opportunities to support project ideas and company activities, to a comprehensive but flexible writing service that includes full writing of a grant application, through to peer review guidance as well as support in the post award reporting process, to ensure that the full draw down of a grant is achieved once an individual project is underway. PNO is also a leading supplier of services to help companies across the innovation process which includes project management, technology intelligence, the writing of business plans and guidance in technology exploitation. With an extensive client base throughout the UK and the wider EU, PNO can also help with finding suitable collaborative partners including linking innovators with technology adopters as well as helping you to identify potential R&D initiatives led by others where your participation could be of interest.