Funding opportunities blog - December

Published on Friday 7 December, 2018 by Charlotte Knight

By Lorna Carver, Dorset LEP Director

Hello and welcome to the December edition of my funding opportunities blog.

The modern Industrial Strategy is now in place and a £4.7 billion challenge fund for R&D is starting to be pumped into UK organisations via highly competitive competitions. For this reason, we now have a Bid Writing Support Service to help Dorset organisations to win some of this money. A recent testimonial:

“The Bid Writing Supports Service’s] expertise in grant writing was instrumental to our finished applications. Having previously successfully written several peer-reviewed grants in the past during my research post and raised hundreds of thousands of pounds, I was amazed by how many insightful changes and additions [they were] able to suggest to our applications. I would not hesitate in recommending the service- it was the impetus for us to direct our business strategy through local businesses and institutions with whom we continue to work.” Arash Aframian

If you are a Dorset-based organisation looking to lead or partner on a challenge fund / Innovate UK competition then you can apply for a one-to-one with Bid Writing Support by clicking here.  

Here are some of the latest competitions from Innovate UK:

Regional angel investment accelerator pilot: finding group partners:

Deadline: 2 January 2019

Angel investment groups can apply to partner with Innovate UK to distribute grant funding alongside their investment. The selected angel investor partners (AIPs) will distribute grant funding for innovative research and development (R&D) projects to SMEs. This will be alongside investment from angels and other similar early stage investors. For more information click here.

SBRI: Thistle Assistance app to help people with disability use public transport

Registration closes: 2 January 2019

Organisations can apply for a share of £150,000, including VAT, to develop a mobile app to help people with disabilities when travelling on public transport.

SBRI: developing a data enabled public sector audit approach

Registration closes: 9 January 2019

Organisations can apply for a share of £1.25 million, including VAT, to develop a data enabled public sector audit approach. For more information click here.

SBRI: tackling non-exhaust and non-road vehicle air pollution

Registration closes: 9 January 2019

Organisations can apply to develop new solutions to reduce air pollutant emissions from road vehicle brake or tyre wear, non-road mobile machinery used in construction and transport refrigeration units. For more information click here.

Detection and identification of illicit postal goods at UK borders: SBRI competition

Registration closes: 16 January 2019

Organisations can apply for a share of £250,000, including VAT, to develop innovative detection technologies for deployment in the UK postal border environment. For more information click here.

Learning how crowdsourcing data could change the geospatial sector

Deadline: 30 January 2018

The Geospatial Commission will invest up to £1.5 million to fund projects for crowdsourcing the creation and/or maintenance of geospatial datasets. For more information click here.

SME support to evaluate innovative medical technologies: round 3

Deadline: 30 January 2019

SMEs can apply for a share of £1.5 million to support the evaluation of innovative medical devices, diagnostics and regulated digital health products. For more information click here.

SBRI: tackling non-exhaust and non-road vehicle air pollution

Organisations can apply to develop new solutions to reduce air pollutant emissions from road vehicle brake or tyre wear, non-road mobile machinery used in construction and transport refrigeration units. For more information click here.

UK Israel open collaborative competition 2018

Registration closes: 27 February 2019

UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £1 million to develop innovative technologies targeting global markets in partnership with Israeli companies. For more information click here.

Ocean plastic solutions investment accelerator: reducing plastic pollution

UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £2 million to develop solutions that tackle the environmental crisis of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans.

  • Competition opens: Wednesday 2 January 2019
  • Competition closes: Wednesday 13 March 2019 12:00pm

For information click here.

 

Scaling-Up?

If you are a business thinking about scaling-up, then you will be interested to hear about the SetSquared Partnership’s Scale-Up Programme. Click here to find out more.

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