General guidance - Innovate UK



Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), is focused on helping UK businesses develop through innovation, the new products, services, and processes they need to grow and scale up. We support innovative ideas and business growth through:

  • tailored support
  • grant funding
  • loans or procurements

Find out more about who we are and what we do.

This guidance is for organisations looking at and applying for Innovate UK’s funding opportunities to test ideas and develop innovative products and services.

Innovate UK manages various types of funding opportunities we call competitions, which eligible organisations can apply to through a competitive process.

Each competition has its own eligibility criteria and scope. These must be met by the organisations and proposals being made, to be considered for and to be successful in being awarded, the support on offer.

Innovate UK runs many different competitions, and each will have different eligibility and scope requirements. Applicants must refer to the competition brief for specific guidance. The guidance in the competition brief will always supersede this guidance.

If you are unsure or have any questions, please contact our customer support service who will assist you further.

Last updated: 24 November 2023

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