Emerging and Enabling Technologies Grant

Abstract technology background Emerging and Enabling Technologies Grant
January 2018 Sector Competition: Strand 2, Emerging and Enabling Technologies

UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £19 million to develop innovations in emerging and enabling technologies or health and life sciences. A further £12 million is available for KTPs. This competition has 2 strands; this is the emerging and enabling strand, the other strand is health and life sciences.

Competition opened: Monday 22nd January 2018
Competition closes: 12 noon on Wednesday 28th March 2018


Emerging and Enabling Technologies Grant Funding Competition – Overview

In this strand of the competition, Innovate UK will invest up to £9.5 million in innovation projects that inspire new products, processes and services. These should address challenges in emerging and enabling technologies. (A further £9.5 million is available in the Health and Life Sciences strand).


Project Requirements

The aim of this Emerging and Enabling Technologies grant funding competition strand is to help businesses to innovate, disrupt existing markets and find sources of revenue from new products, processes or services.

Projects must show significant innovation in one of 4 priority areas:

  • Emerging technologies (biofilms, energy harvesting, graphene, new imaging technologies)
  • Digital
  • Enabling capabilities, including electronics, sensors and photonics (ESP), robotics and autonomous systems (RAS), creative economy and design
  • Space applications

To be considered, proposals must have outputs that can be applied in more than one industry, sector or market. They must also improve business growth or productivity, or create export opportunities for at least one UK SME involved in the project.

Where possible, all projects should take customer and user needs into account to deliver more desirable and useful solutions.


To be eligible for funding you must:
  • be a UK based business, academic, charity, public sector organisation or research and technology organisation (RTO)
  • carry out your project work in the UK
  • intend to exploit the results in the UK

The lead organisation must claim funding through this competition. If the project is collaborative, at least one other organisation in the consortium must also claim funding.

All projects must involve an SME. Only an SME can lead projects with costs up to and including £100,000.

Any one business or RTO may lead on one application and partner in a further 2 applications. If a business is not leading an application, they can be a partner in up to 3 applications. An RTO can only lead a project if no business in the consortium has the capacity to lead the project.


Project Size

Project total costs should be between £35,000 and £2 million. Projects should last between 3 months and 3 years.


R&D Funding Group can advise if your business is eligible to apply for this Emerging and Enabling Technologies grant, and help you win funding. To find out more, please contact Stephen Dyson on 0161 464 6351 or email sdyson@rdfunding.co.uk.