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Additional funding for the Catapult Centres of £780m just announced

HM Treasury has announced an additional £780m funding for the Catapult Centres which have already helped over 3,000 companies develop and exploit new technologies.  Now is a great time to find out what the Catapult Centres can do for your business.

Discover what the additional £780m Catapult Centre funding could mean to you

 If you’re a business, you can use the Innovate UK Catapult Centres to access technical facilities and expertise. You can get support to help you adopt, develop and exploit your innovation. Any UK business can use Catapult facilities and you can start by finding out what the Catapult Centres do here.

Start by finding the right Catapult Centre for your business:

Business AND people support from the Catapult Centres

 "Catapults are also training hundreds of apprentices and doctoral students, such as at the High Value Manufacturing Catapult where in the last year 900 apprentices have gained invaluable practical experience with cutting-edge technologies used in modern manufacturing.”

- Dr Ian Campbell, Executive Chair of Innovate UK

“Catapult centres bring together the best ideas from the UK’s research base and the market know-how of business……Supporting their long-term growth will help more businesses to innovate successfully, delivering cutting-edge products and services to customers.”
- Felicity Burch, CBI Innovation Director

 Ongoing support for the Catapults makes them even more attractive to business

 This announcement builds on an allocation, confirmed by the Prime Minister last month, that the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult in Blyth and the Centre for Process Innovation in Redcar, part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, will benefit from additional £180 million to support hundreds more businesses to develop products and services, bringing total investment in the catapult network to nearly £1 billion.

 Find out what the Catapult Centres can do for your business

 Take a look at what the Catapult Centres do here.

IUK Launches Open Grant Funding Competition: Round Two


Innovate UK (IUK) is the UK's innovation agency and, as part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), works with people, companies and partner organisations to de-risk, enable and support innovation, and promote UK economic growth.

IUK’s vision is to help the UK economy grow over and above other nations by inspiring and supporting pioneering UK businesses to create the industries of the future. The Open Grant Funding Competition is designed to help businesses develop cutting-edge ideas for innovative new products and services that could have an economic impact on the UK economy.

This competition is open to the best ideas or concepts with a view to commercialisation. These can come from any area of technology, science or engineering, including arts, design, media or creative industries. Proposals can fit into, or be outside of, one or more of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund areas.

Projects can focus on disruptive and game-changing ideas in any sector of the economy. They can be of various kinds, from small feasibility studies to longer industrial research or experimental development projects. Priority will be given to proposals that are likely to lead to sustainable gains in productivity or access to new overseas markets through export-led business growth.

IUK has allocated up to £20 million to fund innovation projects through grants in this Open competition. IUK expects projects to range in size between £25,000 and £2 million and for them to last between 6 and 36 months.

To lead a project, applicants must be a UK-based business of any size or a research and technology organisation (RTO). The project must be undertaken in, and exploit results from, the UK. Applicants may work alone or in collaboration with others (businesses, research base and third sector).

The competition is now open with a deadline for applications of midday on 12 September 2018.

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