Innovate UK Grant Funding Competitions

Innovate UK have launched a number of funding competitions to help tackle industry challenges ranging from software ecosystem development to zero emission transport.

A selection of the current funding competitions are outlined below, the full list can be found on the Innovate UK website.

If you are interested in applying for an Innovate UK grant and require assistance, please talk to our Business Ready team on 02476 323121 or email

ISCF digital security by design – software ecosystem development

UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £8 million for projects to work on the development of the DSbD software ecosystem.

  • Competition opens: Monday 4 October 2021
  • Competition closes: Wednesday 8 December 2021 11:00am

SBRI Global Rail Export Innovation for Australia, Canada and India

Organisations can apply for a share of £450,000, inclusive of VAT, to support innovation on overseas rail opportunities in Australia, Canada and India.

  • Competition opens: Monday 13 September 2021
  • Competition closes: Wednesday 13 October 2021 11:00am

Future flight challenge phase 3: strand 1

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

  • Competition opens: Monday 6 September 2021
  • Competition closes: Wednesday 3 November 2021 11:00am

Eureka Eurostars 3: call 1

UK registered SME’s can apply for a share of up to £2.5million to develop collaborative research in partnership with organisations from participating Eureka Eurostars member countries.

  • Competition opens: Thursday 2 September 2021
  • Registration closes: Thursday 4 November 2021 11:00am

Ofgem 2021: zero emission transport – Discovery

Organisations can apply for funding under the Ofgem – Strategic Innovation Fund to deliver projects that offer value to energy consumers and society through energy network innovation.

  • Competition opens: Tuesday 31 August 2021
  • Competition closes: Wednesday 17 November 2021 11:00am

Innovate UK Smart Grants: August 2021

UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £25 million for game-changing and commercially viable R&D innovation that can significantly impact the UK economy. This funding is from Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation.

  • Competition opens: Thursday 26 August 2021
  • Competition closes: Wednesday 6 October 2021 11:00am

Women in Innovation Awards 2021/22

Women with exciting, innovative ideas who will inspire others can apply for a £50,000 grant and bespoke business support.

  • Competition opens: Monday 23 August 2021
  • Competition closes: Wednesday 13 October 2021 11:00am