Innovate UK aims to accelerate growth by stimulating and supporting business-led innovation.

Innovate UK work with SMEs, large business, universities and government to achieve these ambitions in a series of priority areas. To support innovation, Innovate UK often run ‘funding competitions’ for grant funding, together with a wide range of other tools.


for further information: Tel- 0300 321 4357 or Email-

For live funding, upcoming funding and European funding please visit:

Innovate UK have aligned their programmes into simpler sector groupings to make funding competitions simpler and broader.

There are two broad competitions for funding in each sector group.

Sector focus to Accelerate growth

Emerging and Enabling Technologies

Identifying and investing in technologies and capabilities that will lead to the new products, processes and services of tomorrow.

  • Earth Observation
  • Intemet of Things
  • Data
  • Cyber Security
  • User Experience (strategy)
  • Emerging Tech & Industries
  • Robotics & AS
  • Electronics, Sensors and Photonics
  • Design (strategy)
  • Creative Economy (strategy)


Health and Life Sciences

Focused on agriculture and food and healthcare, underpinned by bioscience and medical research and enabled by engineering and physical sciences

  • Advanced Therapies
  • Pre cision Medicine
  • Medicines Technology
  • Bio science
  • Agri Productivity
  • Enhanced Food Quality


Infrastructure Systems

Optimising transport and energy systems and integrating them with other systems such as health and digital in an urban context

  • Connected Transport
  • Urban Living
  • Infrastructure
  • Energy Systems
  • Nuclear
  • Offshore Renewable Energy


Manufacturing and Materials

Advancing manufacturing readiness so R&D and technology developments increase productivity and capture value in the UK

  • Digital Manufacturing
  • Early Stage Manufacturing
  • Manufacturing Readiness
  • Resource efficiency
  • Advanced Materials

General Queries:

Tel: 01793 442700 or email

Or contact:

Dr Chris Jones, Head of Emerging Technology Regional Manager for East Midlands and SE Midlands