Manufacturing and materials round 2 (Free)

What is the grant available for?

Innovate UK is to invest up to £15 million in innovation projects in manufacturing and/or materials. We will fund projects that focus on identified technical or commercial challenges. These should lead to increased productivity, competitiveness and growth for UK small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

We expect projects to range in size from total costs of £50,000 to £2 million. Projects should last between 6 months and 3 years.

A business must lead the project. Projects must involve at least one SME, working alone or in collaboration with other organisations. Projects longer than 12 months or with costs of £100,000 or more must involve working with other partners.

There are two options to apply into this competition. These are dependent on the size and length of your project and are referred to as streams. Stream 1 is for projects under 12 months and under £100,000. Stream 2 is for projects over 12 months or over £100,000.

Eligibility Criteria

A project must cover at least one of the following areas:

  • innovation in a manufacturing system, technology, process or business model. For example, in process engineering, industrial biotechnology, mechanical conversion processes, coatings, surface engineering, textiles, supply chain management, new product introduction processes or remanufacture
  • innovation in materials development, properties, integration or reuse. For example, for light-weighting, energy generation and storage (heat and electricity), electronics/sensors or operation in demanding environments

Grant amounts available

We expect projects to range in size from total costs of £50,000 to £2 million. Projects should last between 6 months and 3 years.

A business must lead the project. Projects must involve at least one SME, working alone or in collaboration with other organisations. Projects longer than 12 months or with costs of £100,000 or more must involve working with other partners.

There are two options to apply into this competition. These are dependent on the size and length of your project and are referred to as streams. Stream 1 is for projects under 12 months and under £100,000. Stream 2 is for projects over 12 months or over £100,000.

Who provides the grant?

Innovate UK

How to Apply

To apply:

  • the lead applicant must register online once the link is live
  • read the guidance for applicants for this competition, which will be available once the competition opens
  • attend the briefing event for potential applicants in London on 23 November 2016 (in person or by webinar)
  • complete and upload your online application on our secure

support@innovateuk.gov.uk

0300 321 4357

Contact Information:

Contact:
Graham M Mobbs

Address:
Innovate UK
North Star House
North Star Avenue, Swindon
Wiltshire
SN2 1UE

Telephone numbers:
+44 (0)7824 599585

Email:
graham.mobbs@innovateuk.gov.uk

Website:
https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/innovate-uk