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Innovate UK's new Sustainable Innovation Fund is helping companies recovering from the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) keep their cutting-edge projects and ideas alive.
Funding totalling almost £200 million could go towards developing new technologies focused on making homes and offices more energy efficient to cut bills, creating ground-breaking medical technologies to treat infections and diseases, or reducing the carbon footprint of public transport in our towns and cities. In a move to support people across the country to establish more ‘climate-positive’ behaviours, businesses and start-ups could also make use of the fund to develop smart sustainability-focused projects – from apps encouraging people to cut down their food waste to sustainable biodegradable packaging.
The Sustainable Innovation Fund will help power the UK’s economic recovery and develop new sustainable opportunities for businesses in any sector following the coronavirus pandemic, while helping the UK meet its ambitions to cut carbon emissions to net zero by 2050. You can read more by clicking here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-unveils-200-million-package-to-help-innovative-businesses-bounce-back
There are currently two strands (more will follow):
SBRI: Organisations including the public sector and businesses too, can apply for a share of up to £10 million, including VAT, to help UK businesses and the public sector recover from COVID-19 in a sustainable manner.
Grant funding: UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £55 million for new projects focusing on sustainable economic recovery from COVID-19.
See the “dates” tab of the competition pages for a link to the briefing to book in advance or to watch a recording afterwards.
Further Advice and Guidance
Read the competition brief carefully. The answers to many questions can be found there and in Innovate UK’s general guidance for applicants: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/innovation-apply-for-a-funding-award
SMEs can contact the following organisations:
Enterprise Europe Network by phone, email or Skype from the contact page on their website: https://www.enterprise-europe.co.uk/
Knowledge Transfer Network – where you can also sign up for emailed newsletter and even join their LinkedIn groups for your specific sector: https://ktn-uk.co.uk/about
The KTN’s good Application Guide is an excellent source of support to ensure you complete the document correctly. It is highly recommend reading before you even start to complete the application and you can find that helpful document here: https://ktn-uk.co.uk/news/the-good-application-guide-and-more
If you have got a technical question about the details of a competition, your application, etc. please contact Innovate UK’s Customer Support Service by email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0300 321 4357
Success Story: £186 million awarded to boost Strength in Places
NIAB East Malling, working with the University of Kent, the University of Greenwich and many other partners, have secured £18 million from UKRI’s Strength in Places Fund for the “Growing Kent & Medway” programme, which will drive productivity and sustainable growth in the area by building on its rich heritage of food production to make it the UK’s leading region for climate-smart production and processing of high-value foods and plant-based compounds.
To read the full press release click the following link; https://www.ukri.org/news/186m-of-r-d-funding-will-boost-local-economic-growth-across-the-uk/
If you would like to know more please use this link: https://www.ukri.org/funding/funding-opportunities/strength-in-places-fund/
A video is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8CO5r9HDAKE#action=share
The Government press release is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/400-million-boost-to-regional-rd-projects-across-the-uk
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