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Innovate UK 

Smart Grant

£25k - £2m

  • £25k - £500k for single applicants

  • Up to £2m for join applicants

6 - 36 Months

  • Projects should last 6 - 18 months for single applicants

  • Projects for joint applicants can last up to 36 months

Any Sector

Any sector can apply, innovate UK supports but not exclusively:

The arts, Media & Design

creative Industries

Science & Engineering

Any stage

The Smart grant supports 3 different stage of development:

Feasibility Study

Experimental Research

Industrial research

What is the Innovate UK Smart Grant?

The smart grant is Innovate UK's flagship grant programme offering £125m in support to UK businesses every year. 

Whilst the smart grant is open to every industry, it's essential that the work your undertaking meets the following criteria:

  • Innovative 

  • Commercially Viable 

  • Wider benefit to the UK and Society

Take our free eligibility quiz, to understand whether this grant is a good fit for your business.  


Your proposal needs to be extensive and be able to demonstrate the following:


It's key to ensure you meet the eligibility requirements before starting your application. Your project must:

Funding costs

Innovate UK have dedicated £25m to fund innovation in this competiton:

Breakdown of Each Question

GrantEd provides a breakdown of each question that needs to be addressed and how to tackle them.

Templates & Charts

You will require a number of charts and templates to complete your application. We have them set up ready for you to use.

Webinars & Video Bank

We're here to guide you to the perfect grant application. Our unique suite of webinars and short videos support you every step of the way

Additional Support

Utilise our flexible support. If you would like a professional grant writer to consult or offer a review with feedback you can do that for a small additional fee.


Model Answers

One of the most important parts of an application is how it's written. Our winning answers will give you the structure to ensure you answer the question fully.

Expert Grant Writers

We have the best network of grant writers. Our matching algorithm will find you the most competent for your sector and the type of grant you're applying for.

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