Eligibility of Innovate UK Smart Grants

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Your project must:

  • include at least one micro, small or medium-sized enterprise (SME) as the lead or a collaborative grant claiming partner

  • start by 1 February 2022

  • end by 28 February 2025

  • follow specific rules dependent on its duration

If your project’s duration is 6 to 18 months:

  • it must have total eligible project costs between £25,000 and £500,000

  • it can be single or collaborative

If your project’s duration is 19 to 36 months, it must:

  • have total eligible project costs between £25,000 and £2 million

  • be collaborative

To lead a project or work alone your organisation must:

  • be a UK registered business of any size or a research and technology organisation (RTO)

  • be an SME if you want to work alone

  • include at least one SME if you are a large business or RTO and wish to collaborate with other UK registered businesses, research organisations, academic organisations, public sector organisations or charities

  • carry out your project work in the UK

  • intend to commercially exploit the results from or in the UK

Academic institutions cannot lead or work alone.

To collaborate with the lead, your organisation must:

  • be a UK registered business, academic institution, charity, not-for-profit, public sector organisation or research and technology organisation (RTO)

  • carry out its project work in the UK

  • intend to exploit the results from or in the UK

Subcontractors are allowed in this competition.

You can use a previously submitted application to apply for this competition.