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Emerging and Enabling Funding InnovateUK Competition Launch

Competition Overview

Businesses can apply for a share of £15 million to develop
technologies to stimulate future products, services and industries.

The Knowledge Transfer Network, in partnership with Innovate UK, will be hosting a series of events across the UK to discuss Innovate UK's forthcoming competition ‘Emerging and Enabling Technologies’.

Competition Launch Event

The event will include:

  • an opportunity to hear about the scope of the competition in more detail
  • an opportunity to network and develop cross sector partnerships for the competition
  • an opportunity to meet with Innovate UK for 1:1 discussion about the competition

Who should attend?

This event will benefit businesses, academics and researcher organisations involved in emerging or enabling technologies.

The KTN will be making a one-to-one meeting facility available to delegates via Meeting Mojo which enables you to book meetings with each other online, ahead of the event.

This facility will open 2 weeks prior to the event and registered attendees will receive login details then. You can search or browse company/delegate listings, and request one-to-one meetings with other delegates which will take place at the event. You can also use this facility to pre-book meetings with Innovate UK and KTN.

In addition, to further aid networking, you will also have access to the company/delegate listings from the other events taking place around the UK - whilst you will not be able to book meetings with them, you will be able to use the system's messaging service to make contact with those of interest.

Competition Summary

Innovate UK is investing up to £15 million in innovation projects to stimulate the new products and services of tomorrow.

The aim of this competition is to help businesses innovate to find new revenue sources. Proposals should show how to achieve a step change in business growth, productivity and export opportunities for at least one UK small and medium-sized enterprise (SME).

Innovate UK expect projects to range from total costs of £35,000 to £2 million. Projects should last between 6 months and 3 years.

There are two options to apply into this competition, dependent on project size and length. These options are called streams. Stream 1 is for projects under 12 months duration and under £100,000. Stream 2 is for projects lasting longer than 12 months or costing over £100,000.

Key Dates

30th September          Competition Launch event in London
3rd October                 Competition Registration Opens

10th October               Manchester regional briefing event
30th November           Registration deadline (Noon)
7th December             Application Submission deadline (Noon)

Competition Details


The Innovate UK Emerging and Enabling Technologies programme identifies, and invests in, new technologies and the underpinning capabilities that improve existing industries. The aim is to inspire the new products, processes and services of tomorrow – those with the potential to unlock billions of pounds of value to industry and disrupt existing markets.

An emerging technology is one that is one that is progressing in, or has recently emerged from, the research base. It disrupts existing markets and the first-to-market company can attract more customers and find new income sources. Because of this, it disrupts existing markets and enhances value to customers.

Enabling technologies underpin the development of high-value products and services in many industrial sectors and markets. They improve performance and productivity.

The aim of this competition is to help businesses broaden out innovation activities, to find new sources of revenue from new products, processes or services. Projects will:

  • harness E&E technologies across the economy
  • develop and scale-up research and development to bring ideas, processes and products closer to availability at scale and commercial release
  • use design processes to understand customer motivations and behavior and use that insight to create better products, services and processes

Innovate UK are looking to fund a portfolio of projects that include:

  • technical feasibility
  • industrial research
  • experimental development 

Projects must clearly show high-growth, potential innovations in one or more of the following areas:

  • any emerging technology that can demonstrate a step change in performance and the potential to disrupt existing industrial approaches.
  • any enabling technology in: satellite applications, electronics, sensors, photonics, digital, Internet of Things (IoT), data, cybersecurity, virtual or augmented reality and distributed ledger technology.

Proposals must show how project success will improve business growth and productivity and/or encourage export opportunities, including for at least one UK SME involved in the project.

Innovate UK welcomes applications in one or more of the following areas:

  • Innovation in emerging technologies that show significant industry and commercial improvement in novel applications of:

o   energy harvesting

o   imaging technologies

o   graphene or biofilms

o   other areas of emerging technology

  • Innovation in enabling technologies that:

o   show benefits across multiple industrial sectors or markets

o   provide new products and services

o   allow new applications for existing products and services

o   enable new data-handling capabilities or business models

and are particularly encouraging proposals that address:

  • systems that combine multiple technologies to deliver a focused, real-world outcome – for example, combining earth observation data from satellites with other technologies to improve business performance
  • smart sensor systems that allow intelligent decisions to be made by looking at miniaturisation, low-power processing and communications
  • smart technology that provides a richer and more informative output to the end user
  • photonics for manufacturing, healthcare and imaging
  • digital technologies with substantial potential to change and disrupt sectors of the economy – for example, distributed ledgers, augmented and virtual reality.

Innovate UK also encourage proposals to include user/customer perspectives or participation. Applications should clearly state the market opportunity and any barriers that the project addresses. Proposals should show how to accelerate business growth. They should also include customer research and explain how that insight will be used to design more desirable products and solutions.

Projects that will not be funded

In this competition Innovate UK will not fund applications in the following areas:

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