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Digital Economy and Creative Industries funding round-up

Posted on 09/10/2019

Find out about the latest funding calls of relevance to the digital & creative industries. Last updated 15th June 2020.

The funding landscape can be complex, so KTN’s Digital & Creative team have compiled a list of some of the latest funding calls relevant to digital and creative industries, notably IoT, 5G, Cybersecurity, Blockchain and FinTech, bringing them together in one place – find out more below.

The team will be happy to help if you wish to find out more about these or other funding opportunities, need help finding collaborative partners or are seeking advice on how to apply for funding. Please do not hesitate to get in touch.

See our Covid-19 funding round-up for all Covid-related funding calls.

Competition: Behavioural Analytics Phase 2

This Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) competition is seeking proposals to develop capability in ‘Behavioural Analytics’. Total funding £2m (up to £250k per project). You do not need to have participated in Phase 1 to apply.

In Phase 2 there are two challenge areas. These challenges will provide solutions to reliably understand and forecast attitudes and behaviours of individuals, groups and populations. It is important to note that these should not be viewed as rigid, singular challenges – they are not mutually exclusive. Your proposal must meet at least one of the challenges, but we welcome bids that address both where appropriate.

Challenge 1: How can we harness and analyse new sources of data to reliably understand and forecast behaviour in a defence and security context?

Challenge 2: How can we help practitioners to understand and use insights from behavioural analytics in a defence and security context?

For more information, click here. The closing date is 13th August 2020.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Current KTP period closes on 15th July 2020 (after this the next round will be available immediately, so don’t rush your application unnecessarily).

A Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP)  links your organisation with one of the UK’s world-class knowledge bases (a university or research organisation) to power strategic innovation projects, embed expertise and drive commercial growth. needed to develop it, a Knowledge Transfer Partnership may be the answer. It creates a dynamic three-way collaboration – between a business or not for profit organisation, a UK university or research organisation, and a suitably qualified graduate – to help realise a strategic innovation project, bring about transformative change and embed new capability.

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Management Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Just like our highly effective KTP programme, Management KTPs (MKTPs) create a dynamic 3-way partnership between your company, a team of academic experts and a skilled graduate. The focus of a MKTP is specifically on increasing effectiveness and improving results through better management practices.

The first round of these has now closed – visit to be kept informed about future MKTPs.

Business Wales Covid-19 Resilience Innovation Project Support

Registration opens: 23.03.2020, Closes: 30.06.2020

As part of the Welsh Government’s response to the Coronavirus outbreak, we are looking at supporting Innovative projects that can have a direct impact on how we fight the virus.

The Covid-19 Resilience Innovation Project Support can be used to fund;

  • The purchasing of specific equipment
  • Adjustments to existing processes
  • Implementation of new processes

The production of medical devices, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and the delivery of sanitising products are all potential areas that could be addressed by the support.

There is a simple application form, and a fast appraisal process that will allow these projects to start making a difference quickly.

How to access our support

Businesses based in Wales can access support through our team of highly experienced Innovation Specialists who will provide advice and support you in making the application.

To get started you can contact our team on 03000 250 243 or Email

Click here for more info.

5G Create

Competition opens: 06.04.2020, Closes: 27.07.2020

Up to £30m of DCMS grant funding is available for 5G Create. Projects can apply for project funding from £250,000 to £5 million.

5G Create is an open competition within the 5G Testbeds and Trials Programme. Up to £30 million of government funding will be available, aiming to explore and develop new use-cases and 5G technical capabilities.

Click here for more information.

Eureka: healthy ageing

Registration opens: 04.05.2020, Closes: 05.08.2020

Award: UK applicants can apply for total grant of up to £500,000 for each project.

Organisation: EUREKA

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, is investing up to £2 million to fund collaborative research and development (CR&D) projects focused on industrial research.

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Young Innovators Awards 2020-21

Innovate UK is working in partnership with The Prince’s Trust to find young people from across the UK with great business ideas. Their goal is to find a new group of young innovators that, with their help, can turn their great ideas into successful businesses. Young people can apply for an award to make their business idea a reality: it includes a £5,000 grant, tailored business support & a living allowance.

Closing date 2nd September 2020. For more information, click here.

Designing sustainable plastic solutions

Registration opens: 03.06.2020, Closes: 16.09.2020
Award: Your project’s total eligible costs must be between £20,000 and £80,000. Up to 70% of project costs can be funded.
Organisation: Innovate UK

Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £800,000 to fund early-stage, human-centred design projects to reduce the harm that plastics have on our environment and to therefore increase productivity and growth of the UK economy. This funding is from the Plastic Research and Innovation Fund.

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Horizon 2020: Fast Track to Innovation FTI

Registration opens: 07.11.2017, Closes: 27.10.2020

Award: Share of €100m

Organisation: Horizon 2020

Innovation is fostered when new ideas can emerge and easily translate into socio-economic value, shaping new markets and laying the foundations of a stronger, high-tech industrial base for Europe.

Working together, partners with complementary backgrounds, knowledge and skills, in both new and established value-chains, can turn ideas into world-beating products, processes and services that tackle societal challenges.

FTI accelerates the market uptake of ground-breaking innovations by providing funding in an open, accessible scheme that nurtures ideas from consortia of innovators of all types and sizes from across Europe.

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Bridging for Innovators (B4I)

Registration opens: 01.01.2017, Closes: 01.04.2021

Organisation: Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)

From start-ups to large corporates, B4I helps companies to overcome product, manufacturing or process performance issues by leveraging more than £2bn worth of government investment in world-leading science facilities. Working closely with Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) research and innovation experts, companies can develop projects that address specific innovation challenges to accelerate business productivity.

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