NO-WIN-NO-FEE GRANTCRAFT SERVICE FOR SME'S APPLYING FOR INNOVATE UK GRANTS
2021 will remain a very tough period for businesses as they try to recover from the financial impacts of Covid-19 restrictions. However, the UK Government has taken steps to continue support and investment in innovative small and medium-sized businesses to ensure their survival and growth through these challenging times.
This is more important than ever due to the recent announcement of the ineligibility of UK SMEs to participate in SME-Instrument style funding programmes within the new Horizon Europe programme. As a result, Innovate UK will become the focal point for UK SMEs to apply for funding to support innovative technology. To this end, the UK Government has pledged £750M in funding over 2021.
We want to help too!
For a limited time, we are offering a no-win-no-fee service to SMEs wishing to apply for innovation funding through the Innovate UK calls. Traditionally we work by an upfront fee. However, we recognize this can be a barrier-to-entry for some businesses, particularly in the current climate.
Provided your innovation meets certain criteria (see below), we will work closely with you throughout the application process to optimise your document; creating the structure, narrative, and arguments that will pique the interest of the assessors. We will only recover the fee upon notification of successful award of funding. We will formally quote you this fee once we have understood the extent to which you wish to work with us.
CONDITIONS OF SERVICE
This service is limited to application support and appraisal. This means you will take primary responsibility for writing the application, but we will work very closely with you from the outset to structure and optimise the document. We do not place a cap on the number of reviews and optimisations we undertake. As ever, we will be available outside of normal office hours, including weekends, at no extra cost, to support your application. If you wish, we can undertake blocks of writing on your behalf, but this would be subject to a separate agreed day rate, payable upfront.
Our expertise will maximise the chances of your application being successful. However, as the competition for funding is significant, we need to be sure that your innovation and technology meet certain criteria to give us the confidence to move forward together. To this end, you will need to fill out our eligibility questionnaire. Once we have received this, we'll arrange a call with you to discuss your technology and decide the best course of action.
CONFIDENCE IN US
We have team members who have worked for decades within industry in funded research and technology, both large and small scale. You can be assured you are in experienced hands and that anything discussed will be treated in the strictest confidence. However, if you wish to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement with us, we are more than happy to do so.
We should point out that while this service is focussed on Innovate UK, we are prepared to consider other funding schemes, but this will be on a case-by-case basis.
-Smart Award Client, January 2021
Don't hesitate to contact us if you would like to discuss anything about this!
INFORMATION ABOUT INNOVATE UK CALLS FOR FUNDING
If you are unfamiliar with Innovate UK funding and the current priority technology areas, we have included some information below. More information can also be found at the Government website here.
As part of its Industrial Strategy, the Government set out four “Grand Challenges” to put the UK at the forefront of the industries of the future. These are:
- Artificial Intelligence and Data Economy
- Future of Mobility
- Clean Growth
- Ageing Society
Related to these Grand Challenges, the Government periodically announces calls for funding against specific technology areas. Technology areas include (but are not limited to):
- Audiences of the future
- Next generation services
- Transforming construction
- Prospering from the energy revolution
- Transforming food production
- Data to early diagnosis and precision medicine
- Healthy ageing
- Advanced batteries
- Artificial intelligence and robotics
- Quantum technologies
- Future satellites
- Driverless vehicles
- Manufacturing and materials of the future
There are also SMART awards (previously called Open Calls). These are more generic calls that will fund any technology that aligns well with the Industrial Strategy. As a result, these are highly competed due to a larger number of applicants. Our expertise and know-how can substanitally increase your chances of success.