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5G Create Competition

03 June 2020/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

A £30 million 5G competition for consortia of businesses, public and third sectors, including creative industries, designed to level up infrastructure across the UK.

Fund Information

Funding body:

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS)

Maximum value:

£ 5,000,000

Application deadline:



This programme is administered by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

Objectives of Fund

5G Create is an open competition which will look at how 5G wireless technology can create new opportunities in a variety of industries, including creative sectors such as film, TV and video games, logistics and tourism.

Through the competition, the government hopes to attract bids from a variety of industries where the UK has a competitive advantage, encouraging dynamic business models and opening up new opportunities and markets. This includes creative industries but also a range of technology businesses in sectors such as energy, water, health and social care and logistics.

Announcing the proposed scheme, Tim Davie, Co-Chair of the Creative Industries Council and CEO of BBC Studios, said:

'The Creative Industries Council is delighted that DCMS is launching 5G Create.

'We have been advocating a funded competition along these lines, as an exciting opportunity for UK creative companies to develop innovative products and services using this transformational technology.

'5G offers innovative opportunities right across the sector from film and tv, to games, to music, fashion and advertising.

'We hope that start-ups and well-established companies alike will bid for the available funds.'

Value Notes

The programme has an overall budget of £30 million.

Grants of between £250,000 and £5 million will be provided per project.

The maximum grant allowed towards each individual organisations eligible project costs are:

  • Up to 60% for a small business.

  • Up to 50% for a medium-sized business.

  • Up to 40% for a large business.

Who Can Apply

This competition is open to applications from consortia from across the UK. Consortia can be led by any type of organisation from the public, private, third, research or academic sectors, providing that the consortium meets the following criteria:

  • Lead organisation is able to manage the delivery of the project across the consortium.

  • Show evidence of private sector partnership.

  • Access to necessary spectrum and network capabilities.

To be considered a consortium, at least two organisations must be requesting grant funding from DCMS. One or more organisations should be capable of providing access to 5G infrastructure and services (this is not exclusive to Mobile Network Operators). The consortium must involve at least one micro, small or medium-sized enterprise (SME).

Start-ups and established companies from across the UK can apply. Qualifying industries include creative sector firms operating in film, TV, video games, logistics and tourism, and a range of technology businesses in sectors such as energy, water, health and social care and logistics.


United Kingdom.

Eligible Expenditure

Funds must be used for experimental development.

How To Apply

5G Create is now open for applications.

Eight week competition window (NOW CLOSED)

  • Competition open: 6 April 2020

  • Competition close: 1 June 2020

  • Shortlist applicants notified: 12 June 2020

  • Shortlisted applicants interviewed: 22 June - 26 June 2020

  • Successful applicants notified: July 2020

  • Grant funding period: August 2020 - 31 March 2022

Sixteen week competition window

  • Competition opens: 6 April 2020

  • Competition closes: 27 July 2020

  • Shortlist applicants notified: 7 August 2020

  • Shortlisted applicants interviewed: 17 August - 21 August 2020

  • Successful applicants notified: September 2020

  • Grant funding period: October 2020 - 31 March 2022

A project application can be submitted to only one of the two competition windows, not both (though organisations may submit multiple different proposal into each window).

The Application Form and Finance Form provided on the website should be completed and returned to [email protected]

Funding will be available for two financial years: FY20 and FY21.

Useful documents & links

Scheme - Guidance Document

Useful Links

Addresses and contacts

For further information on how to obtain this grant locally, please contact the following:

  1. Enquiries
    Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS)
    100 Parliament Street
    SW1A 2BQ
    Email: [email protected]


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