Superfast South Yorkshire funding scheme announced

Do you want a speedy, reliable connection that will open your business up to global markets? Could a new innovation create new business opportunities?

The SFSY Connection and Innovation Vouchers Scheme offers Vouchers to encourage small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to take-up faster digital connectivity, and to further support SMEs to introduce transformational innovations to the business that can improve business performance through faster digital connections.

Vouchers will have a maximum value which will be 50% of the actual cost for the connection or innovation provided, (all figures stated are excluding VAT):

  • Connection Voucher : Actual connection costs between £1000 and £5000 (Voucher values would be between £500 and £2500)

  • Innovation Voucher:  Actual innovation costs between £5000 and £24999 (Voucher values would be between £2500 and £12499.50)

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£6m Innovate UK funding available soon – ‘Creating smart products from smart materials’

Innovate UK in partnership with EPSRC will invest up to £6 million in collaborative research and development (R&D) projects. The aim of this funding competition is to encourage the development of smart products that use a combination of functional, hybrid and multiple materials.

Opens 16th March 2015, competition briefing Rotherham 9th March. Deadline 06th May 2015.

For full details visit the website here.

Production line readiness for high-value manufacturing – registration now open for £1m funding


Innovate UK is investing £1 million in late-stage experimental development projects to help companies bring recent technology innovations closer to the point of manufacturing readiness. The aim of this funding competition is to address the gap which can arise after a successful high-value manufacturing project.

Competition Briefing event, 25th February, London. The deadline for registration is at noon on 25 March 2015 and the deadline for applications is at noon on 1 April 2015. Visit the website here for full details.

Next round of SME funding now available via Innovation Vouchers and Smart.


Innovation Vouchers – provide up the £5k funding for SMEs to work with an external expert to gain the knowledge to innovate and grow. Deadline 22nd April 2015

Smart – provides various awards to SMEs to engage in R&D projects in strategically important areas of science, engineering and technology. Deadline 26th March 2015