Grant opportunities 2017-09-05T11:42:16+00:00

A survey of grant funding opportunities, with a particular focus on technology-led SME’s.This is a non-comprehensive survey, updated periodically to assist in the identification of grant funding opportunities. The formal documentation maintained and issued by the grant awarding bodies should be consulted before applying for grants.

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This survey covers four principal funding mechanisms for innovative SME’s with a commercial and civilian focus.  Other schemes in specific sectors and from other government departments (including military) are available.



Horizon 2020:
Providing €10bn of funding per year covering fundamental research through to industrial commercialisation.  This survey covers the grant types and topics of interest to for-profit SME’s and larger companies with whom they may collaborate.

The programme for 2018-2020 is expected to be released in October 2017

Eurostars:
Promoting international cooperation with a wide-ranging scope, and two submission deadlines each year.

Innovate UK:
Supporting UK companies to establish, grow and expand into new markets, with a focus on SME’s and export.

SBRI:
Addressing government challenges by funding innovative companies to demonstrate solutions.

wdt_IDSchemeCodeFunding RateProject ValueProject DurationMinimum ConsortiumAim
1 Research and Innovation Action RIA 1 €2M - €5M 36-48 months 3 legal entities from 3 countries to establish new knowledge and/or to explore the feasibility of a new or improved technology
2 Innovation Action IA 70% (100% for non-profits) €2M - €5M 30-36 months 3 legal entities from 3 countries to produce plans and arrangements or designs for new, altered or improved products, processes or services.
3 Coordination and Support Action CSA 1 €0.5M-€2M 12-30 months 1 legal entity standardisation, dissemination, awareness-raising and communication, networking, coordination or support services, policy dialogues and mutual learning exercises
4 SME Instrument Phase 1 SME-1 Lump Sum 50000 9 months 1 SME Feasibility study verifying the technological/practical as well as economic viability of an innovation idea
5 SME Instrument Phase 2 SME-2 0.7 €1M-€2.5M 12-24 months 1 SME demonstration, testing, prototyping, piloting, scaling-up, miniaturisation, design, market replication of high potential innovation
6 SME Instrument Phase 3 SME-3 n/a n/a n/a 1 SME indirect support measures and services including access to financial facilities
7 Fast Track to Innovation FTI 0.7 €1M-€2M 12-24 months 3 legal entities from 3 countries Systems validation in real working conditions – Testing – Piloting – Business model validation – Standard setting
8 R&D Stream 1 RD-1 0.7 up to £100k up to 12 months 1 SME to establish new knowledge and/or to explore the feasibility of a new or improved technology
9 R&D Stream 2 RD-2 70% micro/small £100k - £2M 12-36 months 2 legal entities, including 1 SME, led by a for-profit to establish new knowledge and/or to explore the feasibility of a new or improved technology
10 Open Programme RD-O 0.7 up to £2M up to 36 months 1 SME to establish new knowledge and/or to explore the feasibility of a new or improved technology