UK SME CR&D Opportunities


Production Readiness Competition

The Production Readiness Competition is providing a total grant fund of up to £1,000,000 for UK SMEs and their supply chain to take existing low carbon vehicle technologies from demonstration through to production readiness in a compressed timescale. Each project need to demonstrate development in at least one of five technology areas which include Lightweight Vehicle and Powertrain Structures.

The call for bids for the competition opened on 8th May 2017 and close at noon on 3rd July 2017, for more information click here.


Innovate UK Manufacturing and Materials Call - Round 3

Innovate UK is to invest up to £15 million in innovation projects in manufacturing and/or materials. The NCC is looking for projects that focus on identified technical or commercial challenges. These should lead to increased productivity, competitiveness and growth for UK small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Projects must involve at least one SME, working alone or in collaboration with other organisations. For more information, please click here.

Competition closes: 12th July 2017


TAP Grants available for JEC World 2018, Paris Nord Villepinte, France

Composites UK is the accredited industry trade association (ATO) for the UKTI’s Trade Access Programme (TAP) in the composites industry for the JEC World Show in Paris Nord Villepinte, France. Put simply, SMEs can apply for a grant (which is usually around £1500), to help towards the costs of exhibiting at this show. All TAP applications for JEC World (Paris Nord Villepinte, France) must be processed through Composites UK.

You do not need to be a member of Composites UK to apply for one of these grants.

Composites UK has 15 grants of £1500 available to participating eligible SMEs for the JEC World show in Paris from in March 2018.

To apply, please contact the Composites UK office (


Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI)  

Funding for innovative SMEs able to address UK public sector challenges.

  • Nuisance Calls
  • Chemical Decontamination
  • Crack it 2015
  • Security for the Internet of things
  • Stratified Medicine: connecting the UK Infrastructure
  • Digital Foresics 

For further information on these competitions click here

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Research and Development (R&D) Relief for Corporation Tax  

The UK has one of the most generous tax regimes in the world to encourage companies (of all sizes) to invest in R&D. Much of the work undertaken in the NCC could be eligible for R&D tax credits. Companies wishing to explore this should consult HMRC or take professional advice.

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