Funding opportunities for spin-outs

For more information or to apply for any of the below funding opportunities, get in touch.

EPSRC IAA Follow-on Fund

Spin-out grants 31 January 2020
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Closing date for applications:  31 January 2020

EPSRC IAA Follow-on Fund

The IAA aims to enhance the exploitation of the outputs of EPSRC funded research. The Follow-on Fund will help fund the early stages of commercialisation of technologies, to make ideas more attractive for commercial investment. The fund is open to develop ideas which have arisen from EPSRC funded research, which may be either research grants or studentships. Please note consultancy-focused/led projects will not be funded through the Follow-on Fund programme.

Please find attached the Follow-on Fund call document which includes full information on the Fund and the Follow-on Fund application form.

Application process

Potential applicants must ensure they are aware of any internal Departmental deadlines for approval by Head of Department before submission.

Full proposals should be emailed to researchstrategy@admin.cam.ac.uk by midnight on the closing date.

Research Professional Database

Spin-out grants Various dates
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The Research Professional Database contains various information regarding funding, and can be found here.

Signpost 2 Grants

Spin-out grants Open call
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Signpost 2 Grants are a new grant for capital equipment for local SMEs.

If you are looking to make a capital investment in your business you may be eligible for a grant towards 20% of your project thanks to the new Signpost 2 Grants programme.

Created by the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough LEP, Signpost 2 Grants has been designed to support the growth of its local businesses, offering grants of between £2,000 and £20,000 to support capital investment projects.

To apply for the grant you must be:

  • Located within the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough area (Cambridgeshire, Peterborough, Rutland, West Norfolk, West Suffolk, North Hertfordshire, South Holland, or Uttlesford)
  • A micro or SME that employs less than 250 people
  • Seeking to make a capital investment in your business, for example by purchasing new equipment or investing in your premises
  • Planning to grow and employ more staff in the future. As a guide, for every £10,000 grant awarded we would expect to see at least one new job created.

More information can be found here.