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Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships is a UK-wide programme that has been helping businesses for the past 40 years to improve their competitiveness and productivity through the better use of knowledge, technology and skills that reside within the UK Knowledge Base.

A Knowledge Transfer Partnership serves to meet a core strategic need and to identify innovative solutions to help that business grow. KTP often delivers significant increased profitability for business partners as a direct result of the partnership through improved quality and operations, increased sales and access to new markets. Social enterprises see improved results, too.

In order to find out more about how KTP can help your business and how to apply please visit here

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Interface - Innovation Vouchers

Eligibility All Scottish Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) are eligible for these funding streams. SMEs require an academic partner to apply, if you do not have an academic partner the Interface Business Engagement team can help to identify one, please email

Standard Innovation Vouchers

Up to £5,000 of funding aimed at encouraging first-time partnerships between a company and a university or further education college. The company contributes an equal value in cash or in-kind (such as staff time, materials or equipment) or a combination of both.

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Student Placement Innovation Vouchers

Up to £5,000 to fund a PhD or Masters student to work within your organisation on a clearly defined project and continue the development of a Standard Innovation Voucher award. The company must have suitable premises to host a student for the duration of the project.

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Advanced Innovation Vouchers

Up to £20,000 of match funding to either encourage sustained relationships with academia and enable existing partnerships to continue the development of a project or for those companies who are beginning their collaborative journey with a HEI / FE college partner. The company must provide a mix of in-kind and cash contributions.

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Horizon 2020 SME Engagement Scheme

Up to £5,000 of funding to help businesses, and academics, scope and define an opportunity for applications for the €70 billion Horizon 2020 European Funding programme.

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Winston Churchill Memorial Trust

Each year the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust offer Fellowships in a service of ‘award categories’ that reflect key contemporary issues. Below are some of the award categories for 2020.

  • Healthcare: innovations for the twenty-first century
  • Rural Living: Strengthen countryside communities
  • Emergency Response
  • Education
  • Physical activity: making moves for healthy lives
  • Palliative and end of life care
  • Open category

Applications for award categories open in April 2020. Full detail and criteria can be found here.

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Can Do Innovation Challenge Fund

Scotland’s public bodies can receive up to 100% funding to support the development of innovative solutions to challenges with no current market solution.


24 April 2020, 5pm Initial assessment of applications completed. Applicants notified of results
Week beginning 27 April 2020 Challenge refinement workshop
Week beginning 4 May 2020 Applicants pitch to the fund’s panel. Funding decision communicated
Week beginning 11 May 2020 Challenge launch workshop

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Research and development (R&D) grants Scottish Enterprise content

Research and development (R&D) grants Scottish Enterprise

Get help researching and developing your big ideas.

Full Details on Eligibility and levels of funding are available here.



Horizon 2020 content

Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020

UK participation in Horizon 2020: UK government overview

UK government encourages the UK research and innovation community to continue applying for Horizon 2020 funding and to participate in projects.

This is because, until our departure from the EU, we remain a member state, with all the rights and obligations that entails. This includes UK organisations being eligible to participate in the Horizon 2020 programme while we remain a member of the EU.

UK organisations’ eligibility in Horizon 2020 is intended to remain unchanged for the duration of the programme, as set out in the joint report on the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. This includes an organisation’s eligibility to participate in Horizon 2020 projects and to receive funding for the lifetime of these projects.

The underwrite guarantee will remain in place even if the commitments made in the joint report are not met.