New Innovate UK competition targets innovative tech companies

Industry Event

New Innovate UK competition targets innovative tech companies

  • DATE:
    Wed 24 Jan 2018 09:30
  • TIME:
    09:30 - 16:30
  • VENUE:
    The Exchange Edinburgh, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE

Wed 24 Jan 2018 09:30 - 16:30

Find out more about this 2 strand competition at a live briefing event

Competition details

Innovate UK is to invest up to £19 million to support innovation that offers significant changes in productivity and cutting-edge innovation. The competition has 2 strands; strand 1 is for health and life sciences projects and strand 2 is for emerging and enabling technologies projects. A further £12 million is available to fund Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs).


Projects under strand 1, Health and Life Sciences must show significant innovation in one of these priority areas:

1. Increasing agricultural productivity

2. Improving food quality and sustainability

3. Advanced therapies (cell and gene therapies)

4. Precision medicine

5. Medicines discovery

6. Advanced biosciences


The aim of the competition under strand 2 emerging and enabling technologies is to help UK businesses broaden their innovation activities, disrupt existing markets and find new revenue sources. Projects must show significant innovation in one of 4 priority areas:

1. Emerging technologies (biofilms, energy harvesting, graphene, new imaging technologies)

2. Digital

3. Enabling capabilities, including electronics, sensors and photonics (ESP), robotics and autonomous systems (RAS), creative economy and design

4. Space applications


All projects must involve at least one SME, working alone or in collaboration with other organisations. Projects with costs over £100,000 must be collaborative and include a funded partner.

The competition will open on the 22nd January and you must apply before 28th March. More details will be shared soon.


Briefing events

We will be hosting events to provide further details and scope about the competition to potential applicants.

If you are unable to make this event, we are hosting events online and across the country. Follow the links below to secure your place.

 Live online webcast: 22 January

 London: 22 January

 Cardiff: 29 January

 Leeds: 8 February

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