Open Programme

The Open Programme supports R&D projects that aim to develop or demonstrate highly innovative processes, products or services, which have the potential to deliver significant business growth. This competition is for any technology or any sector, whether one of Innovate UK’s core sectors or not. Interested? Feel free to contact us.

Eligibility and scope of the programme

Projects must demonstrate clear game-changing and/or disruptive innovative ideas leading to novel, new products, processes or services and clear, evidence based plans to deliver significant economic impact, return on investment (ROI) and growth through commercialisation.

Projects must be led by a UK business of any size, working alone or in collaboration on projects with a duration of 6 months to 3 years.


Funding levels of up to 70% are available depending on the stage of development and size of company, for projects with total costs between £25,000 and £1,000,000. Research organisations can receive up to 100% of their costs but these are usually capped at 30% of the total project costs.

Need help?

Please contact us for further information on the funding scheme, to discuss a project or how we can support you with an application.