This week 14 November 2023, the spotlight is on a number of newly added small business grants for the UK, covering the SBRI programme’s focus on cutting-edge technologies, the Innovate UK Launchpad Clusters, the latest smart innovation grants and the UK Space Agency’s support for aerospace endeavours in the UK and Europe.
1) SBRI – Unleashing Innovation for a Sustainable Future
The SBRI programme, or Small Business Research Initiative, is a flagship government grants for business set dedicated to fostering innovation in the UK. It provides funding for small businesses to develop and commercialise new technologies that address significant challenges in areas such as healthcare, environmental sustainability and biosecurity for food.
i) SBRI: Enhancing Medical Supply Chain Resilience with Drones: This scheme aims to harness the power of drones to enhance the resilience and efficiency of medical supply chains, particularly in remote or challenging environments. Grants of up to £100,000 are available.
ii) SBRI: Zero Emission Generators (ZE-Gen), Demonstrator: This project seeks to develop and demonstrate a zero-emission generator capable of powering off-grid communities and critical infrastructure. Grants of up to £1 million are available.
iii) SBRI: Plant health innovations for biosecurity: This scheme aims to develop innovative solutions to protect crops and plants from pests and diseases, thereby safeguarding food security and agricultural productivity. Grants of up to £150,000 are available.
2) Innovate UK Launchpad Clusters
Innovate UK Launchpad Clusters are 8 strategically located hubs across the UK that provide tailored support and new government grants to businesses operating in high-growth sectors. These clusters foster collaboration, stimulate innovation, and drive economic growth in their respective regions.
Launchpads: Cluster Management scheme: The Cluster Management scheme will provide funding to organisations that manage and operate each of the regional Innovate UK Launchpad Clusters, enabling them to deliver effective support services and facilitate networking opportunities for their members. Grants of up to £150,000 are available.
3) Smart Innovation Funding – Empowering Manufacturing and Supply Chains
Smart innovation funding encompasses a range of grants and initiatives that support the adoption of digital technologies and advanced manufacturing techniques within the manufacturing and supply chain sectors. Apply for business grants that enhance efficiency, reduce waste, and improve competitiveness in the global marketplace.
i) SMART Capital Equipment Fund: This Welsh Government fund provides financial assistance to Welsh businesses seeking to invest in advanced capital equipment that will enhance their productivity and competitiveness to increase research and development activity and take part in the circular economy. Grants of up to £250,000 are available.
ii) Unlock Funding for Digital Supply Chain Innovation: This initiative from the Made Smarter Innovation Digital Supply Chain Hub offers grants to businesses across the UK to implement digital technologies that optimise their supply chains, leading to reduced costs and improved agility. Grants of up to £100,000 are available.
4) UK Space Agency – Propelling UK Aerospace Innovation
The UK Space Agency plays a pivotal role in supporting the UK’s aerospace sector, providing funding for research, development, and innovation. The agency collaborates with both UK-based businesses and the European Space Agency (ESA) to foster cutting-edge technologies and advancements in space exploration.
i) SBRI: Active Debris Removal Refuelling Mission Feasibility Study – Phase 1: This scheme seeks to explore the feasibility of developing a mission to refuel satellites in orbit, thereby mitigating the growing issue of space debris. Grants of up to £500,000 are available.
ii) Phase 2: UK National Delegate Support for the ESA Competitiveness and Growth Programme: This initiative provides funding for UK-based aerospace businesses to participate in the European Space Agency (ESA) ARTES Programme, enabling them to collaborate on international space projects and access valuable market opportunities. Minimum matched funding requests of £2 million per project are requested.
Find out more
For more information on grants and funding opportunities, please visit https://getbusinessgrants.com/