Research and Innovation

Business-led innovation in response to global disruption UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £20 million to respond to new and urgent needs in UK and global communities during and following the Covid-19 pandemic.

  • Competition opens: Friday 3 April 2020
  • Competition closes: Friday 17 April 2020 12:00pm

Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £20 million in innovation projects. By fast-tracking innovation, the UK will be better placed to maintain employment levels, a competitive position in global markets and make the UK more resilient to similar disruption.

Your application must demonstrate both realistic and significant benefits for society (including communities, families and individuals) or an industry that has been severely impacted and/or permanently disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Benefit from world-leading research

The Bath area is home to two excellent Universities, which are developing world-class research projects on a vast array of subjects. Both Universities are keen to develop stronger links with the business community, in order to to develop commercially-appropriate solutions, and to give students the opportunity to learn directly from businesses.

University of Bath

The University's Research Development and Knowledge Exchange Team (RDKE) can help your business access the University's research expertise, specialist facilities and talent in fields such as engineering, sciences, management, humanities, social sciences, health and life sciences.

The University's Centre for Digital Entertainment , Innovation Centre (based in central Bath) and Centre for the Analysis of Motion, Entertainment Research and Applications are examples of how cutting-edge research is being applied commercially.

Bath Spa University

The University can link businesses into approved research centres and groups operating across many fields, with particular strengths in art and design, English and creative writing, history, music and psychology.

The University's Enterprise Team (linked to the Careers Hub) can help you recruit students, share your experience, develop your business and raise your business profile.