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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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New IUK Competition for UK-Germany Bilateral Collaborative R&D

Business, Enterprise and Regeneration

31 January 2023/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

UK registered organisations, collaborating with at least one German SME, can apply for grants for collaborative research projects resulting in innovative solutions.

The aim of this Innovate UK (IUK) competition is to support UK and German business-led collaboration in innovation. IUK will support UK businesses to collaborate successfully with German counterparts and build global growth prospects. Proposals must contribute to the development of commercial products, processes or technical services.

Projects must have an obvious advantage and added value as a result of the cooperation between the participants from the two countries. Examples of these could be increased innovation capability, commercial leads, access to R&D infrastructure or new fields of application.

The programme has a budget of up to £4 million from IUK, and up to €4 million from the German side. The grant funding request from UK partners must not exceed £400,000 in total. This can be used to fund feasibility projects, industrial research projects and experimental development projects.

This competition is open to UK and German collaborations only. To lead a project from the UK side an organisation must:

  • Be a UK registered business of any size.
  • Collaborate with at least one German organisation applying under the equivalent programme, which must be a separate legal entity, not linked to the UK partners.
  • Be or involve at least one UK micro, small or medium-sized enterprise (SME).

To collaborate with the UK lead, an organisation must be a UK registered business of any size, academic institution, charity, not-for-profit, public sector organisation, or research and technology organisation (RTO). UK project partners must carry out the majority of their project work in the UK and intend to exploit the results from or in the UK.

The competition opens on Tuesday 7 February 2023. The deadline for applications is Wednesday 7 June 2023 (11:00 BST).


How To Apply

Competition dates:

  • Open: Tuesday 7 February 2023
  • Competition closing date: Wednesday 7 June 2023 (11:00 BST)

Applicants are encouraged to read the general guidance for applicants to help their chances of submitting a quality application.

More details can be accessed at the Innovate UK website.


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