Innovate UK is the current form of what used to be the Technology Strategy Board and, prior to that, the research funding arm of the Department of Trade and Industry. It is now the UK’s primary innovation agency and is part of UK Research and Innovation, the national funding agency investing in science and research.
It helps to support small to large businesses to bring technology closer to market through collaborative projects. It typically funds technologies that are significantly beyond proof-of-concept, but which still require significant technology maturation to achieve product level.
Innovate UK’s support is available to businesses across all economic sectors, value chains, and UK regions.
For more information visit Innovate UK’s website.
In 2017 the Government released its Industrial Strategy, which is partly facilitated through Innovate UK. In this, the Government is committing to investing in the UK to ensure it will create real growth and prospects in the future. This includes investing £725m in new Industrial Strategy Challenges, launching Sector Deals – partnerships between government and industry, and developing additional ways to improve the productivity and growth of SMEs.
See our article on this for more information.
WRG staff are actively supporting applications for funding within the latest calls under Innovate UK, so we understand the process and expectations of these calls. Indeed, a client was recently successful in achieving funding through the highly competed “Open” call, so we understand what it takes to make your application stand out.
We can apply our writing and industrial expertise to support you in making your application as competitive as possible as well as connecting you to academic and industrial partners to build the most effective collaborative partnership.
We are here to support you 24/7 throughout the whole application process, right up to the point where you press the submit button. We understand this can be quite a stressful process, so we hope we can be the guiding hand to make your application as pain-free as possible.