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Open 4 Business Portal

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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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Made Smarter Innovation - Launch of IUK’s Industry Ready Robotics and Automation Competition

Digital & Technology

24 January 2023/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

UK registered organisations can apply for grants for late-stage robotics and automation innovation projects.

Through this Made Smarter Innovation competition, Innovate UK (IUK) is investing in innovation projects focused on late-stage robotics and automation to increase productivity, sustainability and resilience within manufacturing processes.

Proposals must deliver an innovative digital development or significantly novel application of robotics and automation, and overcome a technical barrier within manufacturing processes in a factory production area.

Up to £6 million has been allocated to fund industrial research and experimental development projects. Each project’s total costs must be between £200,000 and £4 million. The total grant funding request for a project must not exceed 50% of the total project costs.

This competition is open to collaborations only. To lead a project an organisation must be a UK registered business of any size. To collaborate with the lead, an organisation must a UK registered business of any size, academic institution, charity, not-for-profit, public sector organisation, or research and technology organisation (RTO).

Projects must involve at least one factory, include both manufacturing and digital technology capabilities in a consortium, and be applicable to at least one manufacturing sector. IUK encourages projects that cover multiple manufacturing sectors.

The deadline for applications is 5 April 2023 (11:00 BST).


How To Apply

Applications open on 19 January 2023. The deadline for applications is 5 April 2023 (11:00 BST).

Applications are made online. More details can be accessed at the Innovate UK website.


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