UK Funding Schemes


Centre for Defence Enterprise funding competitions

Centre for Defence Enterprise and Defence Science and Technology Laboratory

The Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) funds novel, high-risk, high-potential-benefit research to develop capabilities for UK armed forces and national security.

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Manufacturing the future: Call for investigator-led research projects


The EPSRC Manufacturing the Future challenge theme invites investigator-led proposals which address key research challenges facing manufacturing in the UK today and in the future. There is officially no closing date and proposals can be submitted at any time, batching dates have been identified at roughly six-month intervals. The next batching dates are 27 February 2015 and 31 August 2015. The Manufacturing the Future theme has prioritised funding to support investigator-led research projects in manufacturing, with an annual budget in the order of £5 million.  Read more

Issue date:          09 July 2013

Opening date:    09 July 2013

Closing date:     No closing date

Status:                Open

Type:                  Invitation for proposals

Related themes: Engineering, ICT, Manufacturing the future, Mathematical sciences, Physical Sciences



Enhanced individual protective equipment

Innovative UK (TSB)

Key features: This MOD call seeks innovative technologies, materials, designs or concepts to optimise Individual Protective Equipment (IPE) deployed in harsh, hostile and toxic environments. Read more


Award: Up to £1 million

Opens: 01 Jun 2015

Registration closes: 22 Jul 2015

Closes: 29 Jul 2015


Game-changing technologies for aerospace

Innovative UK (TSB)

Innovate UK is to invest up to £10 million in collaborative research and development and feasibility studies to accelerate the commercialisation of highly innovative technologies for civil aerospace.

We expect collaborative R&D projects to range in size from total costs of £250,000 to £1.5 million. Feasibility studies are expected to have total project costs of up to £100,000.

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Opening date:               29 June 2015

Registration Closes:     09 Sep 2015

Closes:                            19 Sep 2015




Innovation Vouchers are an Innovate_UK funding competition designed to enable start-up, micro, or SME companies work with external experts to help their business innovate, develop, and grow. Successful applicants receive awards of up to £5000 to be used within a six month timeframe. Read more


Growth Vouchers: England-based SMEs and Microbusinesses with less than 50 employees are eligible to apply for up to £2,000 funding for advice on business issues. Read more



Please, contact Dr Clara Frias, Research Project Manager, for further details. Email:, Tel: +44 (0) 161 306 4546 (or ext. 6 8592)


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