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

Innovate UK focuses on thematic areas that are most likely to generate UK economic growth and which address global challenges and opportunities – and on competencies and technologies which enable innovation in these areas.

A summary of all the latest funding opportunities from Innovate UK can be downloaded here.

New funding opportunities - July 2017

Open Programme - round 3

  • The competition is open to the best business-led cutting-edge or disruptive ideas or concepts with a view to commercialisation.
  • To be in scope proposals must:
    • demonstrate cutting-edge, game-changing or disruptive innovation leading to novel, new products, processes or services
    • articulate a clear, anticipated growth and commercialisation impact for businesses with considerable, demonstrable potential (as you would set out in a pitch to any serious investor) to lead to a significant return on investment (ROI)

Infrastructure Systems - round 3

  • The aim of this competition is to stimulate innovation in infrastructure systems that provide critical services for our economy, environment and society.
  • There are 4 specific theme for this competition:
  1. Smart infrastructure
  2. Urban Living
  3. Energy (inc. energy systems, nuclear fission, offshore wind)
  4. Connected Transport

Demonstrator for RAI in extreme and challenging environments – phase 1

Research and development competition for RAI in extreme and challenging environments

  • The aim of these competitions is to encourage and stimulate the development of RAI technologies for extreme and challenging environments.

APC8: Anchoring low carbon technology in the UK

  • The aim of this competition is to address the challenge of:
    • producing lower-carbon transportation
    • improving air quality
    • developing a UK supply chain for the next generation of lightweight vehicles and propulsion systems

Innovation in vehicle-to-grid (V2G) systems

  • The aim of these competitions is to support activity that investigate novel technologies, consumer engagement approaches and business models for future implementation of V2G services.

Feasibility Studies

Collaborative research and development

Real-world demonstrators

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.

Further details about the KTS can be found in the following factsheet.

You can also learn more about KTS by contacting Anthony Khan.

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.