Funding Support for Companies

We know that the financial cost of generating the new ideas, technologies and processes to help you achieve a competitive advantage can be high. The University of Birmingham can help you to identify and apply for funding opportunities available to your organisation. We can also connect you with the University's academic knowledge, facilitating partnerships where needed. Funding opportunities are listed below or contact us for more information.

Latest funding news

Connected and autonomous vehicles 2

Up to £35m available from the Centre for Connected & Autonomous Vehicles and Innovate UK. Projects should produce technical solutions for connected and autonomous vehicle features that provide real-world benefits to users. This includes how these vehicles work as part of a wider transport system.

More information can be found here.

Global cooperation feasibility studies

Up to £1.2m available to support SMEs in building international business networks. The aim is to enable commercial research and innovation partnerships. SMEs can carry out projects on their own or in collaboration with other UK partners.

More information can be found here.

Robotics and autonomous systems

Up to £5m is available from Innovate UK and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council for collaborative R&D projects that will develop new solutions to existing or emerging problems. Funding is designed to aid in development of RAS solutions that combine several different technologies to achieve the required performance.

More information can be found here.

EDF Energy innovation challenge 

Innovation challenge designed to stimulate new inspection and monitoring systems. The aim is to identify new and innovative ways to inspect and monitor EDF Energy's power generation assets. Solutions must be safe, fast, cost effective and accurate. The call is themed around two areas: offshore wind farms and EDF Energy's nuclear fleet. 

More information can be found here

Knowledge Transfer Secondments (KTS)

Knowledge Transfer Secondments (KTS) provide funding to help exploit research through the movement of skilled people both into and out of the University of Birmingham through secondments. Projects are funded that fall within the engineering and physical sciences as well as biotechnology, biomedicine and the broader biological sciences.

You can learn more about KTS by downloading the KTS fact sheet (PDF - 171KB) 

Collaborative R&D

Collaborative research and development (R&D) projects are designed to assist the industrial and research communities to work together on R&D projects in the strategically important areas of science, engineering and technology. Outputs from these projects include new products, processes and services. 

The scope of the collaborative R&D competitions has been expanded recently to support large projects as well as smaller projects approved within faster timescales.

See the Innovate UK competitions page for current funding opportunities

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) 

A UK-wide programme that enables businesses to improve their competitiveness, productivity and performance. A Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) achieves this through the forming of a partnership between a business, the University and a recent graduate, enabling the transfer of skills and expertise into the company via a structured and subsidised programme. Projects vary between 1 and 3 years.

More details on the KTP scheme can be found on the University's dedicated webpages.

Science City Research Alliance (SCRA) 

SCRA is a strategic union between the University of Birmingham and the University of Warwick in the technology areas of Advanced Materials, Energy Futures and Translational Medicine, in which both universities have a critical mass of expertise and facilities to help your business. External businesses can gain access to much of the equipment made available through SCRA; contact us if you are interested in finding out more.

European funding

European research funding offers businesses an opportunity to engage with the University and consortia of other businesses and academics across the European Union to deliver collaborative R&D projects.There are also opportunities for short term to long term staff exchange programmes providing a boost in capacity, transfer of know-how and high-level skills. 

When collaborating with academics at Birmingham, the experienced and successful EU funding support team will support the application process, as well as provide contract negotiation and post award advice. 

For further information contact

Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI)

Connecting public sector challenges and innovative ideas from industry. Support companies to generate economic growth and enables improvements in achieving government objectives. Funding calls are announced via Innovate UK's website

R&D tax credits

Research and development (R&D) tax relief (or credit) is a HMRC company tax relief that can either reduce a company's tax bill or, for some small and medium-sized enterprises, provide a cash sum. If you are interested in more details please contact us.