Funded 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

Commercialisation of quantum technologies

Funding for projects that will improve understanding of the technical or market feasibility of a product or service related to quantum technologies. The scope includes projects in entanglement, superposition, vacuum systems and more.

More information can be found here.

Innovation in infrastructure systems

Innovate UK is looking to support innovation in critical societal services, including those that provide energy, mobility and regional growth. A portfolio of projects will be supported, lasting between 3 months and 3 years.

More information can be found here.

Open funding competition

Innovate UK is offering funding for business-led ideas or concepts from any technology, engineering or industrial area. Proposals should lead to novel products, processes or services as well as demonstrate a clear plan to grow the business and achieve a significant return on investment.

More information can be found here.

Connected digital additive manufacturing

Innovate UK is offering funding for projects that can deliver significant innovation in both additive manufacturing (3D printing) and connected digital manufacturing. 

More information can be found here

Energy Catalyst round 4

Innovate UK is offering businesses and universities a share of up to £9m to develop innovative solutions to global energy challenges. 

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.

Innovate UK Innovation Vouchers

An Innovation Voucher provides funding of up to £5,000 so that an small or medium-sized business can work with the University for the first time, gaining new knowledge gaining new knowledge that helps the business to 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.

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.