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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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Grants and Funding


Resource Efficiency for Materials and Manufacturing: New IUK CR&D Competition

Energy, Environment & Climate

04 April 2023/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

UK organisations can apply for grants to carry out collaborative R&D projects supporting UK materials and manufacturing organisations to become more resource efficient.

The aim of this Innovate UK (IUK) competition is to fund ambitious collaborative research and development (CR&D) projects, to support UK materials and manufacturing organisations to become significantly more resource efficient.

Up to £12 million has been allocated to fund industrial research projects and experimental development projects. Each project’s total costs must be between £100,000 and £1 million.

Proposals must improve resource efficiency and reduce carbon emissions. Simultaneous demonstrations of how UK materials and manufacturing will become more resilient or technologically advanced are encouraged.

The competition is open to collaborations only. To lead a project an organisation must be a UK registered business of any size, or research and technology organisation (RTO). The applicant must be or involve at least one grant claiming micro, small or medium-sized enterprise (SME).

To collaborate with the lead, an organisation must be a UK registered business of any size, academic institution, charity, not-for-profit, public sector organisation, or RTO. Applications involving collaborations of businesses with academic institutions and research organisations are particularly encouraged to apply.

The deadline for applications 26 May 2023 (11:00 BST).


How To Apply

Applications are made online.

More information is available at the Innovate UK (IUK) website.




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