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 £10M inclusive of VAT, to enhance clinical and regulatory preparedness of vaccines against diseases that have outbreak potential in a low or middle income country. Deadline: 10 November 2021.
The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) will work with UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), to invest up to £5.5 million in ‘Feasibility Projects’ and £11million in ‘Small R&D Partnership Projects’. Deadline: 01 December 2021.
UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £65 million to develop and demonstrate integrated aviation systems and new vehicle technologies. This funding is from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. The aim of the competition is to fund projects that will deliver the 2024 vision of the Future Flight Challenge and position the UK as a leader in the third revolution of aviation. Projects must support the overall objectives of the Future Flight Challenge and align with key Government policies on Net Zero Transport. Deadline: 03 November 2021.
UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £14.4M for service-led innovations to support healthy ageing. The aim is to help people age whilst remaining active, productive, independent, and socially connected for longer, whilst narrowing the gap between the experience of the richest and poorest. The call emphasises people-centred design and early testing of solutions with end-users. Deadline: 17 November 2021.
Apply for a share of up to £2M for business-focused innovation to support the transition to net-zero, deliver improved productivity and sustainability in horticultural food and drink production in the Kent and Medway area. Deadline: 20 October 2021.
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, which have the potential to deliver significant business growth. Deadline: 05 January 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: 04 November 2021.
Apply for a share of up to £12M to develop innovative healthcare products, technologies and processes. This competition aims to develop innovative healthcare products, technologies and processes. These can include, for example: disease prevention and proactive management of health and chronic conditions earlier, better detection and diagnosis of disease leading to better patient outcomes, and tailored treatments that either change the underlying disease or offer potential cures. Next deadline: 01 December 2021