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Help find new ways to ease global disruption: apply for funding

6 April 2020


Business-led innovation in response to global disruption

Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £20 million in innovation projects aimed at easing global disruption.

Through this competition, they aim to support UK businesses to focus on emerging or increasing needs of society and industries during and following the Covid-19 pandemic.

To be eligible, your application must demonstrate both realistic and significant benefits:

  • for society (including communities, families and individuals)
  • for an industry that has been severely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic

The competition is seeking solutions which tackle the new or emerging societal or industry needs in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, including but not exclusively:

  • community support services
  • couriers and delivery (rural and/or city based)
  • education and culture
  • entertainment (live entertainment, music, etc.)
  • financial services
  • food manufacture and processing
  • healthcare
  • hospitality
  • personal protection equipment
  • remote working
  • retail
  • social care
  • sport and recreation
  • transport
  • wellbeing

Your proposal must focus on a clear need and the proposed innovation to address it. You must have the ability to deliver the project during the working restrictions of Covid-19 pandemic.

You can claim 100 per cent of your project costs up to the maximum of £50,000. These will be paid in advance of the project start date. Funding is offered as a de minimis grant.

This is not a call for collaborative projects. Single company applications only will be considered.

The competition closes at midday 12:00 on 17 April 2020.

Successful applicants will be notified on 1 May.

To find out more about this opportunity, watch the applicant briefing or find the competition summary here.