Time-limited funding opportunities

  • MarTec II (Horizon 2020)

    MarTec II (Horizon 2020)

    MARTEC II opened a transnational call for collaborative research projects in different areas of maritime technologies. This call is initiated by funding organisations from fourteen different European partner countries of the ERA-NET MARTEC consortium.  After submission of the proposals via the MARTEC web page, the proposals will be assessed by an international expert group.  Closes 30 April 2014.

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  • £3.5M Rail Operator Challenge Competition

    £3.5M Rail Operator Challenge Competition

    FutureRailway will invest in co-funding to encourage rail operators, their partners and suppliers to propose and demonstrate innovative solutions that address a wide range of business and operational challenges affecting freight and passenger rail operators and their customers.  Opens 31/03/14 closes mid-May

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  • £2M Future Ticket Detection Competition

    £2M Future Ticket Detection Competition

    FutureRailway are launching a Future Ticket Detection competition. This intends to look at alternatives to the existing gate-line and ticket detection system in order to cope with increased passenger flows within the same floor space.  Opens 21 March 2014 closes 8 May 2014

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  • £750,00 Avoidance of Bridge Reconstruction Competition

    £750,00 Avoidance of Bridge Reconstruction Competition

    Future Railway, Network Rail and the Department for Transport will be running a competition to develop technology enabled solutions which aim addressing the avoidance of bridge reconstruction as part of their electrification programme.  Closes 2nd May 2012

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  • £2.5M - Realising the Graphene Revolution

    £2.5M - Realising the Graphene Revolution

    The Technology Strategy Board and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) are investing in feasibility studies to accelerate commercial applications in the novel material, graphene. This competition will explore the realistic potential of graphene to yield new products that could disrupt markets.  Opens 7th April closed 4th June 2014.

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  • £8.5M - Make it Lighter, with Less

    £8.5M - Make it Lighter, with Less

    The Technology Strategy Board and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) are to invest up to £8.5m in collaborative R&D projects to develop advanced materials and manufacturing technologies which deliver lighter, better-performing and more material-efficient structures and products across a broad range of industrial sectors and global markets. Briefing Event 05/03/14.  Opens 03/03/14 closes 06/04/14

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  • £1.5M - Novel Electro-optic Infrared Technology

    £1.5M - Novel Electro-optic Infrared Technology

    The MOD's Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) proves the value of novel, high-risk, high-potential-benefit research sourced from the broadest possible range of science and technology providers, including academia and small companies, to enable development of cost-effective capability advantage for UK Armed Forces and national security.  Opens 25/02/14 closes 25/05/14

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  • £1.25M - Seeing more than before - Emerging Imaging Technologies

    £1.25M - Seeing more than before - Emerging Imaging Technologies

    This competition will support projects that could enable richer, more wide-ranging information to be gained from imaging, creating new applications and value propositions, with the potential to disrupt existing markets.  Opens 03/02/14 closes 02/04/14

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  • £1.7m Growing Autonomous Mission Management Applications (GAMMA) Programme

    £1.7m Growing Autonomous Mission Management Applications (GAMMA) Programme

    GAMMA is intended to grow the UK's industrial base by supporting the development of novel ‘software applications' for autonomous systems.  There is £1.7m worth of Regional Growth Funding to support SME Activity in the Programme. Closes 31st March 2014

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Resources for R&D funding applications

  • Hints on successful applications for TSB collaborative R&D competitions

    Hints on successful applications for TSB collaborative R&D competitions

    What to do and not do on your application for funding through the Technology Strategy Board's research and development competitons.

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  • Innovation Charter

    Innovation Charter

    Simple 7-point charter for you to use in your collaborations that enables all partners to agree to rules of fair play. Developed in association with the Railway Industry Association.

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  • Lambert Toolkit

    Lambert Toolkit

    The Lambert toolkit is for universities and companies that wish to undertake collaborative research projects with each other. It consists of a set of five Model Research Collaboration (one to one) Agreements and four Consortium (multi-party) Agreements and documents that should help you to use and understand those agreements.

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  • Smart – Round 1 (2014-15)

    Smart – Round 1 (2014-15)

    Smart is a grant scheme which offers funding to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to engage in R&D projects in the strategically important areas of science, engineering and technology, from which successful new products, processes and services could emerge.  Opens 27 Mar 2014, closes 22 May 2014.

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  • SME Access to Finance Schemes

    SME Access to Finance Schemes

    Handy guide to finance available to SMEs, produced by BIS, April 2013, gives info on public finance options for SMEs.

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  • £5k Innovation Vouchers

    £5k Innovation Vouchers

    The TSB's Innovation Vouchers programme gives up to £5000 per company to help SMEs to obtain the help of an external expert to develop ideas and improve performance. These currently focus on Agrifood, Built Environment, Energy Water and Waste, Open Data Innovators and Inventors and Cyber-Security. Other vouchers schemes are aslo listed.

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  • Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

    Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

    Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) is a UK-wide programme part funded by Government organisations led by the Technology Strategy Board, that helps businesses and organisations to improve their competitiveness.

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  • Gateway to Research (GtR)

    Gateway to Research (GtR)

    Gateway to Research helps make the findings from the latest innovative research from across the UK's seven Research Councils & the Technology Strategy Board easily accessible to users in business, higher education institutes, charities, government and members of the public.

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Competitions currently open

Tue 25 Feb 2014

£3m Competition - Avoidance of Bridge Reconstruction

Feb 25 / 09:30 until May 02 / 17:00

Competition now open The railway electrification programme, established in 2010, is one of the...

From Accelerating Innovation in Rail

Mon 31 Mar 2014

Rail Operator Challenge Competition

Mar 31 / 09:00 until May 31 / 17:00

This is a joint initiative with the rail industry, which has the support of the Department for...

From Accelerating Innovation in Rail

Mon 03 Mar 2014

Competition - £8.5million for "Make it lighter, with less"

Mar 03 / 09:00 until Apr 16 / 12:00

...or "make it lighter, with a portion of the £8.5million on offer from the Technology Strategy...

From Energy Efficiency

Mon 07 Jul 2014

International European Human-Powered Submarine Race

All Day

The eISR brings a new and exciting challenge to the sport of human-powered submarine racing....

From Vessel Efficiency

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