ICURe Innovation-to-Commercialisation Programme

Up to £50k for university researchers with commercially-promising ideas

ICURe is a collaboration of the SETsquared Partnership, Innovate UK and BEIS, which has been designed to help move ideas and innovation out of universities and into the marketplace, where they will have the greatest impact.

ICURe will fund teams to determine whether there is a market for products or services that utilise their research, and then, where there is evidence of market demand, licence or spin-out the research into a company.

The programme will accept applications for teams based at UK universities consisting of a Junior (early career) Researcher, Senior Researcher (Principal Investigator) and a Business Adviser.

Cohort 9 application deadline: 24th April 2017

For further details on the programme and application, please visit the setsquared webpages. 

Innovate 2016

The Global Spotlight on UK Innovation

Hosted by the Department for International Trade and Innovate UK, Innovate 2016 is the UK’s largest Innovation conference, exhibition and networking event. This year it is coming to Manchester to showcase some of the UK’s most exciting innovations.

The event is your chance to learn from a number of inspirational guest speakers, attend practical workshops and seminars, network with buyers, investors and fellow innovators whilst also discovering what sorts of government business support you can access.

The event will be held at the Manchester Central Convention Complex on the 2-3 November.

For more details and to purchase tickets visit the Innovate 2016 website.

Innovate UK: Open Funding Competition

Opportunity for businesses to apply for funding from a £15 million Innovate UK investment fund

The fund is aimed at supporting cutting-edge research and development projects in any technology, engineering or industrial sector; this includes work in one of Innovate UK’s key sectors – manufacturing and materials, emerging and enabling technologies, heath and life sciences, and infrastructure systems.

Projects must demonstrate:

  • Innovation leading to new products, processes or services
  • A clear and anticipated growth impact leading to a significant return on investment

Key details:

  • Deadline: noon, 31st of August 2016
  • Companies of any size can enter, working individually or collaboratively
  • Projects can focus on market research, technical feasibility, industrial research or experimental development
  • It is expected for projects to range in size from total costs of 25,000 up to £1 million and to last between 6-36 months
  • The level of support a business could receive ranges between 25% and 100%  depending on the type of project and size of the company.
  • There is a briefing webinar for potential applicants on the 14th of June 2016.

For more details on the competition and application see here.