Funding for Innovation

UK Research and Innovation is public body sponsored by BEIS. They are made up of the seven research councils, including Arts, Biotech, Economic, Engineering, Medical, Environment, Science and also include Innovate UK and Research England. These councils aim to fund and invest in innovate research and development in these areas.

The new Funding Finder that has been developed by UKRI complies all of the available funding and grant opportunities on offer from the research councils in one location. This means that innovative businesses can quickly and effectively search for potential funding opportunities to help with their research, instead of having to investigate the funding opportunities provided by these councils separately -

Innovate UK

This government innovation agency offers a range of grants for businesses of all sizes. These are available through competition calls. Check the website regularly for open competitions.
Since 2007 Innovate UK has invested over £1.5 billion in innovation, matched by a further £1.5 billion in partner and business funding, helping more than 5,000 innovative companies in projects estimated to add £7.5 billion to the UK economy and create 35,000 extra new jobs.

Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Research Grants

STFC provides research grant funding to UK Higher Education Institutions and other eligible research organisations for research in the fields of astronomy, particle physics and nuclear physics, and for associated technology development, research infrastructure and knowledge exchange.

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Research Grants

ARHC fund a range of research in the Arts and Humanities sector. They fund world-class, independent researchers in a wide range of subjects from history and archaeology to philosophy and languages. They also fund more contemporary research including the design and effectiveness of digital content and the impact of artificial intelligence. 

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) Research Grants

BBSRC aim to push the frontiers of biology to deliver a healthy, prosperous, sustainable future. The UK bioeconomy is growing quickly, and BBSRC are looking to accelerate this through innovation and partnerships.

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Research Grants

ESRC are the UK’s largest organisation for funding research on economic and social issues. They support independent, high-quality research that impacts business, the public sector and civil society.

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Research Grants

The EPSRC is the main funding body for engineering and physical sciences research in the UK. They invest in research and training to help build knowledge and skills with the aim of addressing the scientific and technological challenges facing the nation. From healthcare technologies to structural engineering, manufacturing to mathematics, advanced materials to chemistry, the research they fund has an impact across all sectors.

Medical Research Council (MRC) Research Grants

The MRC’s mission is to encourage and fund research to improve human health, produce skilled researchers, advance and disseminate knowledge and technology to improve the quality of life and economic competitiveness in the UK. They invest in research in six broad areas: Infections and immunity, molecular and cellular medicine, neurosciences and mental health, population and systems medicine, global health and translational research.

Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Research Grants

NERC funds world-leading research across the environmental sciences. Their innovation funding brings researchers together with research users, to harness the best people, skills and information to address business and societal needs. They invest in the large research infrastructure, equipment and skills that keep the UK at the cutting edge of environmental science, support long-term science, and enable emergency response.