Innovate UK SMART grants May 2021

Posted on Posted on 30 Jun 2021

UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £25m for game-changing and commercially viable R&D innovation that can significantly impact the UK economy, with up to £500k for short projects or up to £2m for longer projects. This funding is from Innovate UK.

Registration Closes: 25/08/2021

Smart is Innovate UK’s ‘Open grant funding’ programme.

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, is investing up to £25 million in the best game-changing and commercially viable innovative or disruptive ideas. All proposals must be business focused.

Applications can come from any area of technology and be applied to any part of the economy, such as, but not exclusively:

  • the arts, design and media
  • creative industries
  • science or engineering

Whilst we welcome projects that overlap with the grand challenge areas this is not a requirement, as we are also keen to support projects in other areas.

To monitor the impact of our work to promote equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI), all applicants are required to complete the EDI survey. Applicants are also prompted to consider EDI as part of the application process.

EDI considerations are highly encouraged where appropriate in the proposal. Applications will continue to be assessed on their innovation merit, where innovation is defined as the potential for commercially successful exploitation of ideas.

Your project must:

If your project’s duration is 6 to 18 months, it must have total eligible project costs between £25,000 and £500,000, and can be single or collaborative.

If your project’s duration is 19 to 36 months, it must be collaborative, and have total eligible project costs between £25,000 and £2 million.

If you want to submit a collaborative project from 19 months to 36 months duration with total eligible project costs of up to £3 million as a permitted exception, you must email with full justification at least 10 working days before the competition closes. Innovate UK will decide whether to approve your request.

To lead a project or work alone your organisation must:

Academic institutions cannot lead or work alone.


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