Current Opportunities in digital/tech sector

Here is a list of the current opportunities available for SMEs in the region. For regular updates, subscribe to our weekly mailing list by emailing You can find more information on our Smart City Alliance here.

Innovation Continuity Loans: Strand 2: September 2020 follow-on competition

Innovate UK can provide additional COVID-19 innovation continuity loans for the continuation of planned or existing innovation activity. 

Loans of between £250,000 and £1.6 million are available. 

Deadline: 30 September 2020

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Innovation Scholars: Data Science Training in Health & Bioscience

You can apply for up to two years of funding to deliver innovative training programmes to upskill health & bioscience researchers in data management and analysis. This is a cross-UKRI call and multidisciplinary applications are encouraged, including those which bridge the social-, bio- and medical sciences.

Training programmes should provide flexible upskilling from different starting levels and career stages or enable researchers to develop skills in new or emerging areas of importance. Host organisations must be eligible to receive Research Council funding.

Deadline 30th September.

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Scale to New Heights with Tech Nation Growth Programmes

Tech Nation are delighted to launch applications for three of their most established and renowned growth programmes; Rising Stars 3.0Upscale 6.0 and Future Fifty 9.0

Whether you’re an early-stage business looking to boost your profile, or one of the UK’s fastest growing tech scaleups, they have the perfect programme for you. 

Deadlines vary between October and November.

Read more here.

WM5G: Briefings for round two of transport project funding

West Midlands 5G (WM5G) Round 2, in partnership with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) and in collaboration with Innovate UK, will invest up to £2.5 million in innovation projects that develop a new service or product. These must improve road and rail operational efficiency, provide better connected transport or improve the eperience for travellers.

Read more here. 

HS2 Ltd Accelerator Programme

HS2 are looking to recruit 5 small firms for our their Innovation Accelerator programme. They need bright ideas on (i) how people can best spend time at stations before their train goes; and (ii) how to optimise digital solutions for building HS2 to make every second count.

The online application portal is open for around a month. The Accelerator will provide commercial and technical support and rent-free Birmingham-based working space for companies to develop their proposal. 

Deadline 18th September.

Read more here. 

Security-Technology Research Innovation Grants (HMG)

S-TRIG is a joint initiative between the Connected Places Catapult and the Department for Transport’s Future Aviation Security Solutions (FASS) programme. The S-TRIG programme has been developed to tackle some of the future challenges that could arise within national security in the UK. This is why we are seeking innovative concepts that go beyond what we know today to the solutions of the future.

Read more here.

Deadline 20th September.

Cyber 101 Business skills bootcamp for cyber security startups and scaleups

Cyber 101 is a national government funded programme running until March 2021 as part of a DCMS funded activity to grow the UK’s cyber security sector and the capability of cyber security startups and scaleups. 

It is a unique UK acceleration programme with over 200 small and medium enterprises and over 80 mentors and experts currently on board. The programme aims to support participants over time according to their business needs and time constraints – it’s not restricted to a set period of time. Participation is free to successful applicants and participants keep 100% of any investment raised as part of the programme – Digital Catapult and its partners do not take any equity from participating companies. 

Registrations close 5th October.

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Manufacturing Made Smarter: digital supply chain, industrial research

Award: Your project’s total eligible costs must be between £1 million and £3 million. Up to 35% of costs can be covered.

Your project must help UK manufacturing supply chains to develop digital technologies to become more efficient, productive, flexible, resilient. These must encourage the use of digital approaches to better integrate and optimise the performance of supply chains.

Deadline 7th October 2020.

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Strategic Priorities Fund: Preparing for Future Clean Air Challenges – Interdisciplinary research and innovation consortia

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) invites proposals for interdisciplinary research and innovation consortia under the second wave of the Strategic Priorities Fund (SPF) Clean Air Programme.

The aim of the second wave of SPF Clean Air Programme funding is to equip the UK to proactively tackle new and emerging air quality challenges related to changing emissions and exposure patterns and health impacts on groups of people most at risk. With this in mind, the purpose of this call is to fund solution focussed, interdisciplinary consortia in the area of the indoor/outdoor air quality interface which will deliver new knowledge that: provides critical foresight on emerging air pollution challenges and associated health risks and impacts; and enables an increased understanding and quantification of human behavioural change and practices in order to develop and assess interventions, that limit harmful exposure to mitigate negative health impacts individuals most at risk.

Deadline 15th October 2020

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