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Getting Collaborative partners for R&D projects

Recently, Innovate UK made it compulsory for larger value R&D grant applications to be collaborative. So who do you collaborate with in order to get a higher value R&D grant – and how do you encourage them to participate? Firstly – who to collaborate with. Probably the best collaborators are potential commercial end-user organisations as […]

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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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What happens to European R&D grants post Brexit?

The Brexit referendum took place on 23rd June 2016 and changed the future overnight. Major changes like this often have both positive and negative impacts. So – what impact does Brexit have on UK SME businesses when it comes to benefiting from generous European Horizon 2020 R&D grants? Clearly, while the UK remains a member […]

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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New Innovation Loans for UK SMEs

Innovate UK launched a brand new loan programme for SMEs to scale up and grow this week. Offering a market-leading interest rate of 3.7% over a 10 year repayment period, it offers businesses the crucial breathing space they need to refine a new product ready for commercialisation. Research and development is risky and it’s not […]

New European R&D Grants for SMEs

The European Commission today launched two new generous grant programmes aimed at SME businesses –SME Instrument and Fast Track to Innovation. With a budget of over €2 Billion to spend from 2018 to 2020, this bold new initiative aims to support leading innovators, entrepreneurs, small companies and scientists with bright ideas to scale internationally. Both […]

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Are Collaborative R&D Grants worth the hassle?

Recently, Innovate UK has made it a condition for R&D grant applications above £100k to be collaborative. So who do you collaborate with in order to get an R&D grant – and what are the implications for SME’s? Firstly – who to collaborate with. Universities are a natural choice, full of clever researchers in very […]

R&D Grants or R&D Tax Credits – which are better?

That’s a question often asked by innovators and the answer is…. it depends! It depends on whether you’ve already started your R&D project or not. It depends on whether you are really pushing the boundaries of science or technology and creating new IP – or just making modest enhancements to products, processes and services. It […]

What software projects get R&D funding?

Software projects can sometimes be tricky to secure grant funding for. That’s because software research and development encompasses a multitude of possibilities. At one interpretation, there’s software involved in all electronic devices with an embedded microcontroller – often referred to as ‘firmware’. In another sense, it means development of new applications using high-level software programming […]

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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 […]

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 […]