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Finding ways to ease global disruption


Finding ways to ease global disruption

Businesses and individuals across the world are facing huge challenges in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.

The requirement to stay at home and to social distance or self-isolate presents new threats to a wide range of businesses and services, from delivery businesses to food manufacturers, entertainment, financial services, healthcare, hospitality, retail, transport and community support.

Innovate UK is investing up to £20 million in business projects to develop innovative and ambitious ideas to significantly address the needs of society or industry resulting from the coronavirus outbreak.

Businesses have until 17 April to apply for this fast-track funding.

Business can develop ambitious solutions to society’s needs

Science Minister Amanda Solloway said:

“The response of researchers and businesses to the coronavirus outbreak have been remarkable. This new investment will support the development of technologies that can help industries, communities and individuals adapt to new ways of working when situations like this, and other incidents, arise.”

Dr Ian Campbell Executive Chair, Innovate UK, said:

"The Covid-19 situation is not just a health emergency, but also one that effects the economy and society. With that in mind, Innovate UK has launched this rapid response competition today seeking smart ideas from innovators."

Help key industries and services disrupted by pandemic

Businesses can attract up to £50,000 as an upfront grant payment to cover the full costs of a project lasting up to 6 months.

Ideas should aim to help key industries and services disrupted by the pandemic and its aftermath.

Find out more about how Innovate UK is supporting businesses in response to COVID-19.

Find out more about how UK Research and Innovation is responding to coronavirus.

Competition information

  • The competition opens on Friday 3 April 2020, and the closing date is at midday on Friday 17 April 2020
  • Businesses of any size may apply
  • We expect projects to be awarded grants of up to £50,000 and for them to last up to 6 months
  • Businesses can attract 100% of their project costs 
  • Projects must start by June 2020

Find out more about this competition and apply. 

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