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

Innovation in health and life sciences round 1

Up to £15m available for projects that address technical or commercial challenges in health and life sciences. The aim is to increase competitiveness for UK small and medium-sized enterprises. Projects must be led by a business and involve at least one other organisation or research group. All projects must involve at least one SME.

More information can be found here.

Low emission vehicle systems IDP13

Up to £24m available from the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV), the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and Innovate UK. The call aims to support industry-led research into vehicle technology that provides significant reductions in real-world emissions. Three streams of funding provide support for feasibility studies, collaborative R&D and 'quick win' collaborative R&D projects that will deliver within 1 year.

More information can be found here.

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.

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.