Are you working with business?
Innovation Vouchers are open to all kinds of small businesses. Businesses can claim up to £5,000 towards the cost of expert advice if they classify as a start-up, micro or SME . The funding encourages SMEs and start-ups to seek out fresh knowledge that can help their business to grow and develop. This could include advice on an innovative idea, learning more about using design within the business or how to make the most of intellectual property.
Innovation Vouchers have in the past been available only in specific technology areas. Now a business can apply if they just meet these simple tests:
• you need specialist help to meet a business challenge
• it’s the first time you have worked with the university (a great first rung on the ladder before a KTP perhaps?)
You can apply at any time with around 100 vouchers being awarded every 3 months – for 2015 this is April and July.
For more information, visit the website Innovation Vouchers .
Innovation Vouchers are funded by Innovate UK. A short guide to help make clear what an assessor for Innovate UK competitions is looking for has been produced. All of the Innovate UK funding programmes follow a similar pattern and you should bear in mind that the questions are designed to help rather than trip you up. It is important that you answer the questions asked and cover all aspects the Guidance for Applicants describes.