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Funding Opportunities

Current funding opportunities include:

Competition opens: Monday 4th September 2023


UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £4 million for projects resulting in innovative solutions for emerging technologies. You must collaborate with at least one German SME applying under the equivalent German ZIM programme.

We encourage innovation in, but not limited to, the following fields of emerging technologies:

  • Quantum
  • AI
  • semiconductor applications
  • engineering biology
  • future telecommunications
  • green technologies

The aim of this competition is to enhance UK and German collaborations and capabilities in the emerging fields of technology in our society. The result being, the developing and delivering of new innovations and applications of the technologies across a broad range of other sectors.

Your proposal must comply with the scope and eligibility requirements, and include a consortium made up of non-linked German and UK partners.

UK partners grant funding request must not be more than £750,000.

Closing Date: 6th December 2023

Eurostars is a funding instrument that supports innovative SMEs and project partners (large companies, universities, research organisations and other types of organisations) by funding international collaborative R&D and innovation projects. By participating, organisations can access public funding for international collaborative R&D projects in all fields. 

UK registered SME’s can apply to Innovate UK for a total grant of up to 360,000 euros for each eligible UK project partner or 60% of total eligible project costs, whichever is the least. 

Registration Closes: Thursday 14 September 2023

The EIC Accelerator supports companies (principally start-ups and SMEs) to scale up high impact innovations with the potential to create new markets or disrupt existing ones. The program focuses in particular on innovations building on scientific discovery or technological breakthroughs (‘deep tech’) and where significant funding is needed over a long timeframe before returns can be generated (‘patient capital’). Such innovations often struggle to attract financing because the risks and time period involved are too high. Funding and support from the EIC Accelerator is designed to enable such innovators to attract the full investment amounts needed for scale up in a shorter timeframe. The EIC Accelerator is open to innovations in any field of technology or application. However, innovations that harm the environment or social welfare or that are designed primarily for military applications will not be supported. The EIC Accelerator supports the later stages of technology development as well as scale-up. The technology component of your innovation must therefore have been tested and validated in a laboratory or other relevant environment (e.g. at least Technology Readiness Level 5/6 or higher). The EIC Accelerator looks to support companies where the EIC support will act as a catalyst to crowd in other investors necessary for the scaleup of the innovation. 

Funding: €0.5-€2.5M 

Closing dates: 04 October 2023 17:00:00 Brussels time

The ’Horizon Europe guarantee’ scheme provides funding to researchers and innovators unable to receive their Horizon Europe funding while the UK is in the process of associating to the programme. The guarantee is a short-term measure intended to address the delays in the formalisation of the UK’s association to Horizon Europe. 

This guarantee covers the costs of EIT-eligible activities delivered by UK participants of the KICs in 2021, 2022, and 2023 that would otherwise have been covered by grant funding awarded by EIT. 

Registration Closes: Tuesday 31st December 2024

The ‘Turing Commons’ is for researchers, ethicists, sociologists, policymakers, or anyone with an interest in responsible data-driven technology. There are three skills tracks, each aimed at a different audience:

  • Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) – primarily for researchers with an active interest in data science or AI research and innovation. 
  • Public Engagement of Data Science and AI (PED) – primarily for researchers with an active interest in public engagement, specifically in the context of data science and artificial intelligence. 
  • AI Ethics & Governance (AEG) – primarily for researchers with an active interest in the ethics and governance of data science and AI.

Registration Closes: Tuesday 31 December 2024

Longstanding funding opportunities:

EIC Accelerator (UK based organisations are eligible)

The EIC Accelerator supports individual small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to develop and scalp game-changing innovations providing substantial financial support with:

grant funding (non-dilutive) of up to €2.5 million for innovation development costs, including demonstration of the technology in the relevant environment, prototyping and system level demonstration, R&D and testing required to meet regulatory and standardisation requirements, intellectual property management, and marketing approval (e.g. at least TRL 5/6 to 8).

investments (direct equity investments or quasi-equity such as convertible loans- for EU based organisations only) of up to €15 million managed by the EIC Fund for scale up and other relevant costs.

Innovate UK Smart Grants

The Innovate UK Smart grant funds a cross-sector portfolio to support SMEs and their partners to develop the best game changing and word-leading projects. Applications can come from any area of technology and be applied to any part of the economy. Projects of 6 to 18 months must have total eligible project costs between £100,000 and £500,000 and can be single or collaborative. 19 to 36 month projects must have total eligible project costs between £100,000 and £2 million and must be collaborative.


TheHill is always open to collaborations and keen to partner with other organisations as consortium member on collaborative projects, if you are interested please complete our triage form.