Future research funding opportunities

Research funding Technology Strategy Board

Technology Strategy Board (UK only)

Smart Programme:

Research funding SMART programme

Smart is a Technology Strategy Board scheme offering funding to single UK-based small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to engage in R&D projects in the strategically important areas of science, engineering and technology, from which successful new products, processes and services could emerge.

The Smart scheme will support R&D projects which offer potentially significant rewards and could stimulate UK economic growth. In contrast to the Collaborative R&D programme, Smart funding is available to single companies.

Three types of grant are available:

The new batch assessment dates for Smart scheme applications during the financial year 2013/14, which starts on 21 March, are:

2013: 23 May, 18 July, 26 September, 21 November2014: 30 January, 27 March

European research funding

Eurostars Programme:

Research funding Eurostars

Eurostars Programme is a European Joint Programme dedicated to the R&D performing SMEs, and co-funded by the European Communities and 33 EUREKA member countries.

Eurostars aims to stimulate these SMEs to lead international collaborative research and innovation projects by easing access to support and funding. It is fine-tuned to focus on the needs of SMEs, and specifically targets the development of new products, processes and services and the access to transnational and international markets.

Average project profile:

Last call was on spring 2013. No further calls expected until 2014.

Framework programme 7 (FP7), Research for SMEs:

Research funding framework programme

The aim of this programme is to strengthen the 'innovation capacity' of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Europe and their contribution to the development of new technology based products and markets.

The programme will help them outsource research, increase their research efforts, extend their networks, better exploit research results and acquire technological know-how, bridging the gap between research and innovation.

It will be implemented through two distinct schemes:

Research funding Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 (FP8), Research for SMEs:

Horizon 2020 is the financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union, a Europe 2020 flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe's global competitiveness. Running from 2014 to 2020 with an €80 billion budget, the EU’s new programme for research and innovation is part of the drive to create new growth and jobs in Europe.


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