At Innovate UK we offer guidance for business and academic organisations on how to get funding to test ideas and develop innovative products and services.

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What we do

Innovate UK is the UK’s innovation agency

We work with people, companies and partner organisations to find and drive the science and technology innovations that will grow the UK economy.

Who we are

We’re an organisation of around 250 staff, drawn mainly from business and with a head office in Swindon.

Our responsibilities

We work to:

  • determine which science and technology developments will drive future economic growth
  • meet UK innovators with great ideas in the fields we’re focused on
  • fund the strongest opportunities
  • connect innovators with the right partners they need to succeed
  • help our innovators launch, build and grow successful businesses


If you want to develop an innovative product or service, you may be able to apply for funding of between £5,000 and £10 million.

Innovate UK runs funding competitions which can help you develop your idea and make it successful. These competitions are open to all UK based companies. Some are also open to research organisations working with business. Innovate UK awards funding to the winners of these competitions.

There are different funding competitions depending on the size of business you have and the type of industry you are in.

You can find out which competitions are open now and apply online.

Watch these videos to find out about our funding rules and application process.

View how to apply for  Funding opportunities

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Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 is the new EU funding programme for research and innovation running from 2014 to 2020 with a €80 billion budget. H2020 supports SMEs with a new instrument that runs throughout various funded research and innovation fields,enhances EU international research and Third Country participation, attaches high importance to integrate social sciences and humanities encourages to develop a gender dimension in project.

View here fore details.


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