UK R&D Grants

There are currently several UK funding schemes that can help to finance your R&D and innovation activities. PNO has an excellent track record in helping organisations successfully apply for these R&D grants, with a success rate 5 times higher than the national average. The programmes listed are by no means fully comprehensive, so for further information regarding the types of scheme available specifically for you, please contact our consultancy team. Further information regarding available calls can also be found using PNO’s innovation platform, Innovation Place.

Organisations can apply for a share of up to £20 million to create new or improved clean energy access in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, or the Indo-Pacific regions to accelerate innovations to end energy poverty. This competition is split into 3 strands: 1. Early Stage; 2. Mid Stage; 3. Late Stage. Deadline: 10 August 2022.
Strand 1 of the NHZF offers UK registered organisations the opportunity to apply for funding for Development Expenditure (DEVEX) support for front end engineering design (FEED) and post-FEED studies addressing low carbon hydrogen production opportunities. Deadline: 22 June 2022.
Strand 2 of the NHZF offers UK registered organisations the opportunity to apply for Capital Expenditure (CAPEX) support for new low carbon hydrogen production facilities to begin deployment in the early 2020s. Deadline: 06 July 2022.
This Department for Transport (DfT) funded initiative aims to accelerate innovation in the UK rail sector and enable technologies to be readily and efficiently integrated into the railway system, by delivering high maturity innovations to the UK railways. Deadline: 08 June 2022.
This Department for Transport (DfT) funded initiative aims to accelerate innovation in the UK rail sector and enable technologies to be readily and efficiently integrated into the railway system, by delivering high maturity innovations to the UK railways. Deadline: 08 June 2022.
Department for Transport (DfT) funded initiative which aims to accelerate innovation in the UK rail sector and enable technologies to be readily and efficiently integrated into the railway system, by delivering high maturity innovations to the UK railways. Deadline: 08 June 2022.
UK registered businesses and Canadian SMEs can apply to collaborate on joint R&D projects that enable the transition to net zero for the automotive, rail, or maritime sectors. Deadline: 13 May 2022.
UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £2million for collaborative R&D projects in creative technology. Your proposal must demonstrate a positive impact in the West of England area. Deadline: 01 June 2022.
The DASA Open Call for Innovation seeks innovative ideas to improve the defence and/or security of the UK. Multiple deadlines throughout 2022/23. Next deadline: 22 June 2022.
UK registered businesses can apply for support from Defra and UKRI for projects that will address major on-farm or immediate post farmgate challenges or opportunities to improve productivity; sustainability and environmental impact of farming; progression towards Net Zero emissions; and, resilience. Deadline: 29 June 2022.
Support for UK registered organisations to deliver projects that will address the objectives of the Farming Innovation Programme (FIP) and Defra priorities in reducing emissions and adapting to climate change. EOI Deadline: 18 May 2022.
Innovate UK is offering up to £25 million in loans to SMEs for highly innovative late-stage R&D projects with the best potential for the future, and a clear route to commercialisation and economic impact. Deadline: 08 June 2022.
NHS England and NHS Improvement have announced a £15 million funding competition for innovations in the field of cancer.  This competition invites applications for funding to implement solutions in late-stage development into front-line settings to improve early detection and diagnosis of cancer. Deadline: 24 May 2022.
The Life Sciences Innovative Manufacturing Fund (LSIMF) is part of the Global Britain Investment Fund, of which £354 million will support life sciences manufacturing. This £60 million fund will support capital grants for investment in the manufacture of human medicines (drug substance and drug product); medical diagnostics; and, MedTech products. Next Expression of Interest (EOI) deadline: 31 May 2022.
UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £2 million for this competition to develop innovative proposals with South Korea. The aim of this competition is to fund collaborative research and development (CR&D) projects focused on industrial research. Your proposal must include at least one partner from the UK and one partner from South Korea. Deadline: 06 July 2022.
To support projects that demonstrate clear game-changing, innovative and/or disruptive and ambitious ideas that lead to new processes, products or services, from any technology area or sector, that can significantly impact the UK economy. Deadline: 27 July 2022.
A funding programme for market-oriented research and development aimed at the participation of R&D-performing small and medium-sized enterprises. The programme has very strong average success rates per call: an average of 30% and up. Deadline: 15 September 2022.
Apply for funding to develop innovative healthcare products, technologies and processes. This competition aims to develop innovative healthcare products, technologies and processes. Next deadline: 25 May 2022.