Looking for funding for your business innovations?

We’ve rounded up the relevant public funding and competitions that have been announced and are open for applications in August. You can also find out more about public and private funding sources in our online directory

Detailed designs of smart, local energy systems

UK organisations can apply for a share of up to £30m to develop clean, cheap, local energy systems that create prosperous, resilient UK communities. Closes 7 August

CivTech 4.0 Challenges

Solve a challenge, build a business. Part of the Scottish Government’s Digital Directorate, CivTech brings together public expertise and private sector creativity to solve real problems, develop new products and deliver better services and make people’s lives better. Two rounds of challenges have recently been released. Closes 12 August (round 1) and 21 August (round 2)

Creative Europe Desk UK: Pilot Project – Makers’ Mobility

This new pilot will award funds to projects that facilitates mobility and exchange between innovators and creatives working across different cultural hubs and spaces. Closes 12 August

Creative Europe Desk UK: Pilot Project for Cultural and Creative Industries

This new pilot project focuses on supporting the initial and continuing development of qualified professionals and the improvement in knowledge management & transfer in the cultural heritage sector. Closes 12 August

August expression of interest: ATI Programme

The Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) programme provides grant funding to industrial research and capital projects to encourage innovation in UK civil aerospace. Closes 21  August

SBRI Accelerating the building of housing using geospatial intelligence

Organisations can apply for a share of £250k to explore how technology can be used to monitor developments of all sizes and types. Closes 21 August

Enabling data access in accountancy, insurance and legal services: Innovation Lab

Individuals can apply to join a workshop developing project proposals to enable increased access to data in the accountancy, insurance and legal sectors. Closes 4 September

Analysis for innovators round 5: phase 1 expression of interest & phase 1 expression of interest (de minimis)

UK businesses can apply for funding to address measurement and analysis problems with one or more analysis partner organisations. Briefing events are being held in July/August in Swansea, London & Manchester, as well as via a webcast. Both the funds close 4 September. Read more about the phase 1 EOI and the phase 1 EOI (de minimis)

The Stelios Awards for Disabled Entrepreneurs in the UK

A total of £100K prize money is available for those with disabilities who have demonstrated exceptional entrepreneurial spirit and business ability in the face of significant barriers. In partnership with Leonard Cheshire Disability and the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation. Closes 10 September

Innovation Loans: July 2019

Innovate UK is offering up to £10m in loans to SMEs for game-changing late stage innovations with strong commercial potential that will significantly improve the UK economy. Competition briefing events in Warrington, Birmingham & webcast. Closes 11 September

Eureka Eurostars 2: round 12

UK based SMEs can apply for a share of up to £2.5m to collaborate in research with partners across Europe and associated countries. Closes 12 September

The Hello Tomorrow Global Challenge

This Challenge gives scientists and deep tech start ups around the world a platform for their research and projects. It provides equity-free prize money (up to €100k for the grand prize winner). Closes 13 September

Targeted Popular Solutions for Improved Diabetes Control

The Wessex Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) is innovative industry solutions for improved diabetes control. Successful companies will benefit from a committed NHS research partnership and trial support to deliver a clinical study within the NHS. Closes 23 September

Creative Europe Desk UK: Preparatory Action – Cinemas as innovation hubs

This scheme is designed to empower cinemas to innovate and play a more important role in their local communities. Closes 25 September

EUREKA: Singapore open competition

UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £1m to develop innovative proposals with Singapore and other EUREKA countries. Closes 26 September

UK Research and Innovation strength in places fund: wave 2 EoI

Consortia of UK businesses and research organisations can apply for ‘seed corn’ funding of up to £50k to develop full applications for wave 2 of the UKRI strength in places fund. Closes 9 October

Key technology components for local energy systems

A share of up to £3m is open for applications to develop technology components that help improve the efficiency of local energy systems. Closes 9 October

Innovate UK Smart Grants: July 2019

Apply for a share of up to £25m to deliver ambitious or disruptive R&D innovations that can make a significant impact on the UK economy. Closes 16 October

Newton-Ungku Omar Fund Grand Challenge 2019: phase 1

Innovate UK, in partnership with the Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT) are looking to invest in innovative projects that provide collaborative solutions to the challenges of urban mobility and waste to wealth in Malaysia. UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £1m. Closes 16 October

XR4ALL: open call

XR4ALL, co-funded from Horizon 2020, will give financial support to XR research teams from start-us, SMEs, research institutions and academia to develop XR solutions. A total of €1.5m is available, with a maximum of €50k per selected project. Closes 31 October

New Ideas Fund

Through BFI Lottery funding, Creative England is wanting to find untapped talent and fund new ideas in storytelling. The New Ideas Fund offers small seed funding to sole traders, start-ups and SMEs for their creative business ideas. It is designed to help with business costs, improving your offering and diversifying revenue streams. Read more

Epic MegaGrants

Epic Games has committed $100m to support games developers, entrepreneurs, media & entertainment creators, students, educators and tool developers doing amazing things with Unreal Engine or enhancing open-source capabilities for the 3D graphics communities. Find out more