Innovate UK Smart Grant Writing

Innovate UK smart grants – Key Facts


Who can apply?UK-based businesses (micro, small, medium and large)

Research and Development project funding

Grant amountsFrom £100k to £2m 
Decision time

6-8 weeks from submission

Application processSingle or collaborative projects. Online Portal. 7 main questions + 3 appendices + project finances
Funding CallsInnovate UK Smart Grant runs every quarter over the year. It has regular and (mostly) predictable deadlines.

What is Innovate UK Smart Grant?

Innovate UK is the UK government R&D funding agency offering grants, loans and support for the development of innovative products, process and services. The Innovate UK Smart Grant is a competition for SMEs, Large Companies, Universities, Charities and Public Bodies, offering between £100k and £2m in grant funding. 

Innovate UK Smart Grant accepts applications for funding all year round, with specific deadlines every quarter. This is the flagship R&D grant fund for UK SMEs that need R&D grant funding for highly innovative and ground-breaking projects.

Am I eligible for Innovate UK Smart?

To be eligible to receive grant funding from Innovate UK Smart Grant, applicants must be based in the UK and there must be at least one SME in the consortium applying for funding. As an SME, you can apply alone or with partners. There are more details on eligibility provided with each Smart Grant under the ‘Eligibility’ tab.

Resources for Innovate UK Smart Grant

We have collated some useful resources if you are considering applying for an
Innovate UK R&D grant below.

Check out the available Innovate UK open R&D grant funding calls.

The Smart Grant runs every quarter (4 deadlines per year). Clicking on the name of the grant from this website will give you details on deadlines, scope, eligibility, the application process and more useful information to help you make up your mind whether or not to apply.

The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) works closely with Innovate UK put together a helpful guide on how to approach an R&D grant application.

You can contact Innovate UK or the KTN with a short project summary to get initial feedback on your concept. Venturenomix has put together a helpful template for this purpose.

Our R&D Grant Writing Services

We have been writing Innovate UK grants since 2009 with a success rate comparable with the market-leading consultants and freelancers. We work on a part up-front, part success-fee basis so that we are sharing the risk and reward with you.

We can:

  • Lead the entire process – defining the project, sourcing partners, developing a budget, writing the grant application, developing the work plan, creating appendices, managing partners, submitting the application online, managing compliance, organising the kick-off meeting, financial reporting, technical reporting and project management.


  • Work collaboratively – if you are lacking expertise in a specific area of the grant application process, we can fill that gap. Perhaps you have deep technical knowledge, but would like support on the market elements. You might have the technical and commercial aspects in hand, but would like support in creating the project budget and work packages. We are flexible.


  • Improve a past submission – Innovate UK grants are highly competitive – in the past 70% would be enough to secure grant funding – but the most recent round of Smart saw projects scoring 82% being rejected. We can lead the process of improving past grant applications to get you over the line.


  • Expert Review – We are happy to spend a few days reviewing / commenting / editing your grant application to lift your score as high as possible.


  • Proven Templates – We have developed a set of templates for Innovate UK grants that we can provide. These include a comprehensive project budget spreadsheet that help you structure your project and our own guidance on what the grant assessors want to see in your answers to each question.

Get in touch

We offer a few ways to proceed from here –
Contact Us to:

  • Setup an initial video call
  • Review a project summary
  • Review a pitch deck
  • Review a past application

There are no fees involved at this stage – we just want to add some value by providing honest advice on your chances of success. After that and if you want to work with us, we can talk about how to work together in a way that suits you and your business.

Venturenomix brings 15 years of experience to the process of developing projects and applications for R&D grant funding.

The directors founded and built a market-leading UK-based R&D grant writing consultancy between 2009 and 2019 with specialist knowledge in Innovate UK grant funding. Since 2019, we have expanded our knowledge into European R&D grants under the Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe programmes. 

We have been actively involved in securing over £100m in R&D grant funding for startups, scaleups, established businesses, universities, cities, NGOs, NFPs and more! If you are seeking to bring innovative technologies to market, working on novel research or looking to deploy novel approaches in your city – it is worth exploring R&D Grant funding.

“We have boot-strapped our start-up for 18 months. That means the three founders have worked two jobs, dedicated long hours and poured their hearts and souls into this dream. This grant funding means we can focus full-time on our business for the next 12 months. This is a game-changer for us, and the timing could not be better since we are opening our seed funding round with a £265k head start!”

Marianna Recchia

Founder, Tonus Tech

“At Kore Labs we are really pushing the barriers of what is possible. Our WikiKore concept – a unified, community-curated and intelligent taxonomy for the Financial Service Industry will be game-changing. Working with Venturenomix means we have the expertise and guidance we need to secure innovation grant funding. Outstanding service and results!”

Sabrina Del Prete

Founder & CEO, Kore Labs

“This is a compelling submission, showing a clear Business Case and Commercial Strategy, a good level of innovation, and a professional approach to Project Management and Risk.”

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