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£125 million cash injection will support UK business innovators

UK businesses can benefit from £100 million in grants for pioneering research and from £25 million in loans to commercialise their best ideas.

The UK’s most innovative businesses can win a share of £125 million to help them turn their most innovative ideas into world-beating products and services.

Large and small businesses can take advantage of £100 million available from the Smart grant programme that helps take innovative ideas in any field from the concept stage to full commercialisation.

Previous winners of a Smart award include machine-learning company Magic Pony Technology, which was sold to Twitter for $150 million.

Introduction to Smart grants

Find out more about applying for the current round of Smart awards

Find out about applying in the next round of Smart funding, opening 25 July

Industrial Strategy aims to create jobs and growth

A further £25 million is available in Innovation Loans to support late-stage projects that are close to market.The loans scheme is aimed at getting businesses over the final hurdle to commercialisation. Recent recipients include Exeter-based Lightfoot, which is using the loan to extend its technology to reward better driving from the business to the consumer market.

Find out more about applying for the current round of Innovation Loans

Business Secretary Greg Clark said:

Through our modern Industrial Strategy we are backing our homegrown businesses to boost productivity and create jobs, growth and opportunity in every part of the UK.

Businesses benefit from innovation awards

Many UK businesses have benefited from funding to support innovative UK projects.They include digital risk business Digital Shadows, which has raised £20 million in private investment to support its innovation developed through a Smart award, and Oxehealth, which has used Innovate UK funding to develop improved patient care by combining computer algorithms with optical sensors.

Dr Ian Campbell, Interim Executive Chair of Innovate UK, said:

Smart grants are an excellent way of supporting innovation in single companies or, generating collaborations between companies, working with our world-class research base.

Our Innovation Loans suit late-stage-development businesses about to become, or just becoming, revenue earning. Both are awarded to projects that will make a real impact on the UK economy.

The Smart programme has a rolling programme of awards throughout the year.

The deadline for the current round of Smart is 24 July 2019.

The next round opens for applications on 25 July.

The closing date for the current Innovation Loans competition is 11 September 2019.

Find out more about how Innovate UK is helping businesses to be successful.

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