The Catax Grant Tour: Funding opportunities to apply for October-December 2022

Date: October 10, 2022

We are embarking on the final stop of our Catax Grant Tour for 2022, covering the last three months of the year.

This is our quarterly bulletin of the best funding opportunities with closing dates over the next few months.

This time there are TEN grant competitions to look out for, covering defence technology, innovation in farming, hydrogen energy solutions and more.

If any of these grant calls stand out to you, scroll to the bottom and get in touch — winning grant applications can take months to prepare but can transform your business for good.



Grant: Innovate Smart Grants

Maximum grant value: £1.4million

Deadline: 26th October 2022

Applicants developing disruptive innovations that can be quickly taken to market and have the potential to generate rapid economic returns for the UK can apply for Smart Grants. Applications can relate to any area of technology, and any part of the economy, such as net zero, health and wellbeing, the arts, design and media. SME applicants are allowed to work on projects alone. UK businesses of any size or RTOs can also apply but they must collaborate with an SME.#



Grant: Defence Technology Exploitation Programme (DTEP)

Maximum grant value: £500,000

Deadline: 27th October 2022

DTEP aims to provide new cutting-edge answers to defence problems at home and abroad, ensuring the UK expands its world-class defence and security industry. It also aims to inspire companies to win new business and develop their industrial capabilities. The programme offers up to 50% grant funding, and is open to SMEs including those working with larger suppliers. Projects must benefit the defence supply chain by delivering new processes, materials or technology, with potential for commercialisation.



Grant: Low Carbon Hydrogen Supply 2 (HYS2)

Maximum grant value: £6million

Deadline: 31st October 2022

This competition funds innovative low carbon hydrogen supply solutions for UK industry. The aim is to reduce the costs of supplying hydrogen, bring new solutions to market and ensure the UK continues to develop world leading hydrogen technologies. This second phase is only open to applicants who successfully received funding in Stream 1 Phase 1 and who have submitted their final Phase 1 feasibility report to BEIS.



Grant: Farming Innovation Programme: Small R&D Partnership Projects Competition Round 2

Maximum grant value: £2.1million

Deadline: 2nd November 2022

This is another stream of the Farming Innovation Programme, funding businesses ready to go beyond feasibility studies with practical projects that improve overall productivity, sustainability and resilience in agriculture. Projects must benefit farmers, growers or foresters commercially. Businesses must collaborate with other UK businesses, academic institutions, and not-for-profit organisations, as well as at least one SME.



Grant: Launchpad – Advanced Manufacturing – Collaborative Research & Development – Liverpool City Region

Maximum grant value: £1million

Deadline: 4th November 2022

Businesses active in the Liverpool City Region advanced manufacturing innovation cluster can apply for a share of £6million under this grant. It is aimed at firms developing solutions that advance net zero, exploit digital and technologically advanced manufacturing, and strengthen supply chains. Applicants must involve at least one micro business or SME.



Grant: Launchpad – Net zero – Collaborative Research & Development – Tees Valley

Maximum grant value: £1million

Deadline: 4th November 2022

Businesses active in the net zero innovation cluster centred on Tees Valley can apply for a share of up to £6million to develop new innovations in hydrogen, carbon capture and storage, offshore engineering, battery materials and the circular economy. Applications must include at least one micro business or SME.



Grant: Innovation Loans Future Economy Competition – Round 6

Maximum grant value: £2million

Deadline: 9th November 2022

These loans help SMEs turn their innovation ideas into commercial realities. Projects must lead to innovative products, processes or services that are significantly ahead of what’s currently available. That can also mean a new or innovative business model. Applications must focus on net zero, health and wellbeing and next-generation technologies such as digital tech, robotics, AI, engineering biology, bioinformatics and genomics.



Grant: Green Heat Network Fund

Maximum grant value: Discretionary

Deadline: 25th November 2022

This £270million fund is a successor to the Heat Networks Investment Project but, unlike its predecessor, will only support low-carbon technologies like heat pumps, solar and geothermal energy. It will incentivise the development of new and existing heat networks in England to move away from high-carbon sources, as well as exploiting waste-heat opportunities while bringing down costs for consumers. It is open to public, private and third sector applicants in England that are responsible for the development of heating and cooling networks.



Grant: PEMD Scale-up: Strand 1, adopting manufacturing best practice

Maximum grant value: £400,000

Deadline: 7th December 2022

This competition aims to make the supply chain for Power Electronics Machines and Drives (PEMD) more competitive. Innovate UK is funding collaborative feasibility projects which improve manufacturing best practice in the technologies critical to net zero. All applications should show what impact the innovations have on the UK PEMD supply chain, and must involve other UK organisations.



Grant: PEMD Scale-up: Strand 2, manufacturing process development

Maximum grant value: £800,000

Deadline: 7th December 2022

This second PEMD Scale-up strand focuses on manufacturing process development. It aims to fund innovative projects that impact manufacturing cost, capability and efficiency to grow resilient manufacturing PEMD supply chains. Projects can be led by businesses of any size, which must also collaborate with other UK organisations.

To enquire about making a grant application, get in contact with Catax Grant Manager, Laura O’Neill, at

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