Funding opportunities and support programmes for research and innovation

Funding opportunities

Details of current funding opportunities and support programmes for research and innovation.


Innovate UK Smart Grants: November 2020

Opportunity for UK registered organisations to apply for a share of up to £25 million from Innovate UK to deliver disruptive R&D innovations that can significantly impact the UK economy.

Award – Project costs must be between £25,000 and £2 million. Up to 70% of project costs can be covered, depending on organisation size.

OrganisationInnovate UK

Closing date – 20/01/2021

UFO (Small Flying Objects) call for proposals

UFO is seeking collaborative projects to develop innovative products and services by integrating new embedded technology solutions in the Small Flying Objects (SFO) area i.e. Smallsats, Drones and High Altitude platform systems.

Award – up to €60,000

Organisation – European Union

Closing date – 18/02/2021

RIMA – Robotics for Inspection and Maintenance – Open Call

Successful candidates will receive a grant for Technology transfer and development in I&M robotic applications and support to commercialise their solutions during the project, as well as education and training on robotics.

RIMA will support the development and deployment of robotics I&M applications with grants through Robotics Innovation Experiment (RIE).

RIE consist of developing, testing, validating the technical and economic viability of a robotics-based representative model or prototype system to be applied in ‘Target-Use Domain’ operational environment.

Award €8.1M between 50 small and medium-sized enterprises

OrganisationRIMA Network

Closing date – 17/03/2021

Details of current funding opportunities and support programmes for research and innovation.


Innovate UK Smart Grants: November 2020

Opportunity for UK registered organisations to apply for a share of up to £25 million from Innovate UK to deliver disruptive R&D innovations that can significantly impact the UK economy.

Award – Project costs must be between £25,000 and £2 million. Up to 70% of project costs can be covered, depending on organisation size.

OrganisationInnovate UK

Closing date – 20/01/2021

UFO (Small Flying Objects) call for proposals

UFO is seeking collaborative projects to develop innovative products and services by integrating new embedded technology solutions in the Small Flying Objects (SFO) area i.e. Smallsats, Drones and High Altitude platform systems.

Award – up to €60,000

Organisation – European Union

Closing date – 18/02/2021

RIMA – Robotics for Inspection and Maintenance – Open Call

Successful candidates will receive a grant for Technology transfer and development in I&M robotic applications and support to commercialise their solutions during the project, as well as education and training on robotics.

RIMA will support the development and deployment of robotics I&M applications with grants through Robotics Innovation Experiment (RIE).

RIE consist of developing, testing, validating the technical and economic viability of a robotics-based representative model or prototype system to be applied in ‘Target-Use Domain’ operational environment.

Award €8.1M between 50 small and medium-sized enterprises

OrganisationRIMA Network

Closing date – 17/03/2021