Funding opportunities blog - August

Published on Thursday 23 August, 2018 by Charlotte Knight

By Lorna Carver, Dorset LEP Director

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

The modern Industrial Strategy is now in place and a £4 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. If you are a Dorset-based organisation looking to compete for 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:

Energy Catalyst round 6: transforming energy accessOpens: 20Aug 2018

Organisations can apply for a share of up to £10 million to address the need for clean, affordable and secure energy in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

Agri-tech Catalyst round 7: agriculture and food systems innovationOpens: 28 Aug 2018

UK businesses and research organisations can apply for a share of up to £3 million from DFID for projects with partners in eligible African countries.

September expression of interest: UK Aerospace Research and TechnologyOpens: 3 Sept 2018

The UK Aerospace Research and Technology Programme provides grant funding to industrial research and capital projects to encourage UK civil aerospace.

Digital health technology catalyst round 3: collaborative R&DOpens: 3 Sept 2018

UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £8 million to speed up development of commercial digital health solutions.

Digitalisation of medicines manufacturing: Challenge FundOpens: 10 Sept 2018

UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £8 million from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund for capital projects to improve medicines manufacturing.

For the full list of Innovate UK competitions, click here.



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. Know all about it and want to apply, then click here.



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