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How much SMART grant to apply for?

SMART is Innovate UK’s open funding programme that offers R&D grants for game-changing innovations of up to £2 million project cost – but how much grant to apply for? The temptation is to apply for the maximum possible but is that the right strategy for the best outcome? SMART is massively oversubscribed to applications. A […]

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How to Boost Academic Funds in Collaborative Projects

Innovate UK imposes a limit on academic partner financial involvement in collaborative R&D projects. Typically, in a SMART R&D grant project, academic partner costs are limited to a maximum of 30% of project costs. Other limits can apply in thematic R&D grant competitions. In some cases, this 30% project cost limit is not enough for […]

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How innovative should my technology be to get an Innovate UK R&D grant?

Innovate UK R&D grant competitions are known to be ultra-competitive with very few winners. Only the best proposals secure funding – so how innovative does a technology need to be? It’s true that Innovate UK is interested in clear game-changing and/or disruptive innovations. We know that disruptors are innovators, but not all innovators are disruptors. […]

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10 Top Tips for winning R&D grants

Have you ever wondered how some businesses get grants and some never do? R&D grants are notoriously difficult to get – and it doesn’t help that online applications are mercilessly inflexible. Here I offer you ten practical tips that will enhance your R&D project proposal enabling you to present a compelling application that gets you […]

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How to write a winning R&D grant application

One of the essential skills we bring to writing R&D grant applications is our ability to write clearly and succinctly. You typically get 600 words per question to convey your business pitch – and it doesn’t help that the application forms mercilessly cut off words over the limit. When writing your first Innovate UK R&D […]

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SMART is Innovate UK’s open funding programme that offers R&D grants for game-changing innovations of up to £2 million project cost – but how much grant to apply for? The temptation is to apply for the maximum possible but is that the right strategy for the best outcome? SMART is massively oversubscribed to applications. A […]

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Innovate UK imposes a limit on academic partner financial involvement in collaborative R&D projects. Typically, in a SMART R&D grant project, academic partner costs are limited to a maximum of 30% of project costs. Other limits can apply in thematic R&D grant competitions. In some cases, this 30% project cost limit is not enough for […]

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