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Carlisle City Council is providing local businesses with free access to its local business support and grant portal provided by Open4Business. This is tailored for the Carlisle area and includes local, regional and national schemes.

Business can also search for funding relevant to their size and sector. To use the portal, you will first need to register with Open4Business.




Grantway is a new grant search portal available completely free of charge.

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Launch of £1m Competition to Stimulate Innovation in Occupational Health

Health & Social Welfare

31 January 2023/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

UK businesses, and partner organisations, can apply for research and development funding to help with challenges small businesses and the self-employed face with ill health at work.

Innovate UK has launched a competition to increase access for small businesses and the self-employed to occupational health services (OHS) in the UK. These groups are seen as being underserved by the current OHS provision and this competition’s support aims to allow OHS providers to better utilise the capacity they have to serve this new demand.

This is phase 1 of a potential 2-phase competition. Phase 1 focuses on technical feasibility studies. This means planned research or critical investigation to gain new knowledge and skills for developing new products, processes or services. A total of up to £1 million is allocated to phase 1. Feasibility study R&D contracts will be up to £100,000 for each project for up to eight months.

Applicants are encouraged to demonstrate how they would deliver improvements to OH, harnessing technology such as artificial intelligence or data collection, to deliver better health outcomes for employees of SMEs.

To lead a project, applicants can be a UK business of any size. They may work alone or with others from business, research organisations, research and technology organisations, or the third sector as subcontractors.

The deadline for applications is 15 March 2023 (11:00 GMT).


How To Apply

Applications are open from 30 January 2023 until 15 March 2023 (11:00 GMT).

More details can be accessed at the Innovate UK website.


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