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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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IUK Launches Canada-UK Net Zero Value Chains Transportation Competition

Energy, Environment & Climate

05 April 2022/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

UK registered businesses and Canadian SMEs can apply to collaborate on R&D projects that enable the transition to net zero on road, rail and sea.

Innovate UK (IUK) is investing in UK-Canadian collaborative innovation projects to enable a transition to net zero for the automotive, rail, or maritime transportation sectors.

This competition covers four themes in net zero on-vehicle or on-vessel technologies:

  • Low and zero emission propulsion.
  • Advanced sustainable materials and manufacturing.
  • Highly disruptive technologies.
  • Assistive technologies and control systems.

Proposals must demonstrate high potential for commercialisation, address a technological challenge and target large global markets. Technology transfer projects from other transport or energy sectors, or projects that span across multiple sectors are welcome.

Selected collaborative R&D projects will be eligible to receive funding from their respective national funding body. Up to £2 million and up to CA$3 million, an equivalent of £4 million in total, has been allocated to fund innovation projects in this competition. Funding will be in the form of a grant.

The total grant for all UK partners can be up to £300,000 for each application. A contribution of up to CA$500,000 will be provided to each eligible Canadian SME participating in the project.

This competition is open to Canada-UK collaborations only. UK registered businesses of any size must lead a project. They must partner with a Canadian SME, or be a Canadian SME, partnering with at least one grant claiming UK registered SME.

To collaborate with the lead, the organisation must be a UK registered business of any size, academic institution, research and technology organisation (RTO), Canadian SME or Canadian research organisation.

The deadline for UK applicants is Wednesday 29 June 2022 (17:00 BST).


How To Apply

UK Competition dates:

  • Open: Monday 4 April 2022
  • Competition closing date: Wednesday 29 June 2022 (17:00 BST)

More details can be accessed at the Innovate UK website.


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