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News & Press: August 2020

£26 million in R&D funding available to help the UK rebuild afer the effects of COVID-19

11 August 2020  
Posted by: Maddison Sreeves
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The Sustainable Innovation Fund: round 2 (de minimis)

Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, is investing up to £26 million to fund single and collaborative research and development projects as part of The Sustainable Innovation Fund.

The aim of this competition is to help all sectors of the UK rebuild after the effects of COVID-19.

All projects must be led by a business. Proposals can only be from a single business.

COVID-19 has affected R&D across all sectors, and the aim of this competition is to help all sectors of the UK recover, grow, and create new opportunities from the aftermath of the global health pandemic.


Your proposal must show evidence of key challenges as a direct consequence of COVID-19, and how your project can help solve them.
You must consider your proposal’s impact on climate change and/or environmental sustainability.


We would also like you to address where necessary, equality, diversity, and inclusion in relation to your project, your organisation(s) and your approach to innovation.


We will fund a portfolio of projects, across a variety of technologies, markets, regions, technological maturities and research categories, including the themes listed below.
Some specific themes - Your project can also focus on:

  • decarbonisation, circular economy and/or biodiversity
  • climate change and environmental sustainability
  • geographic or regionally targeted innovation
  • innovation that is aimed at commercial or residential users
  • innovations that work across more than one sector
  • follow-on international opportunities that help the UK lead the world

Competition closes 2 September 2020.

For more information please visit the KTN website here.