Bottom-up (non-thematic) funding opportunities

  • Innovation Vouchers - A grant of up to £5000 is available to businesses to work with a supplier for the first time and is used to pay for knowledge or technology transfer from that supplier.
  • SMART awards - Funding to assess the commercial viability of innovation projects in high growth potential SMEs.  There are three types of grant: Proof of concept, proof of market or development of prototype
  • Knowledge Transfer Partnerships - Grants to allow businesses to work in partnership with universities.

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Innovation vouchers in waste, energy and water

By Catherine Joce

An Innovation Voucher provides funding so that your business can work with an external expert for the first time, gaining new knowledge to help your business innovate, develop and grow.  Help from an expert could include advice on an innovative idea, learning more about using design within your business or the management and use of intellectual property. Innovation Vouchers can make a difference in helping small businesses to enter the supply chain.

The TSB has launched an Innovation Voucher call in the areas of Energy, Water and Waste

Value: £5000

Closing date: 29/04/2014

Business Size: SME

Full details of the call can be found here: 

General information on Innovation Vouchers can be found here:;jsessionid=AE4CEB7875EF465BB3D268F5CB969A6E.2 

There is real strength across the public and private sectors in the knowledge base in the UK in this area and the KTNs will be able to signpost you to ideas of where to find a supplier to help you explore or develop your idea.  Please get in touch with the Materials Security Special Interest Group team for support in finding a knowledge provider and developiing your application.