Funded support for companies

We know that the financial cost of generating the new ideas, technologies and processes to help you achieve competitive advantage can be high. The University of Birmingham can help you to navigate your way through the funding opportunities that may be available for your organisation and find you a suitable academic partner. Funding opportunities are listed below or contact us for more information.

Types of funding available

Latest funding news

APC5 Competition - £35m available for reduction in vehicle CO2 emissions

Innovate UK is offering up to £20m per project for innovative solutions that can reduce vehicle CO2 or other emissions. Further details available via Innovate UK's website here.

Energy catalyst - £25m funding to accelerate innovation in energy

The Energy Catalyst is open to innovative businesses and researchers from any sector who can address all elements of the energy ‘trilemma’ of:

  • reducing emissions
  • improving security of supply
  • reducing cost.

Read more

Knowledge Transfer Secondments (KTS)

A KTS provides funding to help exploit research through the movement of skilled people both into, and out of, the University of Birmingham through secondments.

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

Collaborative R&D

Collaborative research and development (R&D) is 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 - from which successful new products, processes and services can emerge. 

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 opportunities 

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) 

A UK-wide programme enabling businesses to improve their competitiveness, productivity and performance. A KTP achieves this through the forming of a Partnership between your business and an academic institution (such as a university, further education college or research and technology organisation), enabling you to access skills and expertise to help your business develop. Projects can vary between 6 months and 3 years.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

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.

SCRA website

The Design Council 

Promoting design and architecture as being at the heart of everything we do – delivers design support and advice to industry, communities, central and local government. Occasional competition calls.

The Design Council website

Innovate UK Innovation Vouchers

An Innovation Voucher provides funding of up to £5000 so that your business can work with an external expert (e.g. Universities) for the first time, gaining new knowledge to help your business innovate, develop and grow.

Innovation vouchers are set according to areas that Innovate UK wish to focus on at any given time. Please check the Innovate UK website for details on what Innovation Vouchers are currently available.

Superconnected Cities

With funding from the Government's Urban Broadband Fund and the European Regional Development Fund, Digital Birmingham is covering up to £3,000 of connection costs for faster broadband. The scheme is open to SMEs, charities, social enterprises and other not-for-profit organisations based in Birmingham only.

Find out more on Digital Birmingham's website.

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