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Research, development and innovation

The Business Innovation Fund is currently closed to applications. Further information will be uploaded here when future applications windows open. Sign up to our Newsletter to be kept up to date when future innovation funding is available. 

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The Business Innovation Fund supports businesses from a wide range of sectors to help develop innovative products, processes and services, that not only fulfil market demand, but also deliver industrial growth. Research, development and innovation can help your business adapt for the future, get ahead of the competition, reach new customers, and create jobs.


What will I get?


Grants to help progress research and development (R&D) activity.

Research and development

Bespoke assistance to help develop your R&D ambitions.

University of Bath researcher

Connection with our region’s leading research organisations.

Who is eligible?

Your business is eligible if you are:

  • Compass icon Based in the West of England
  • Hand holding £ icon You are able to match fund the cost of your project
  • Group of people icon You're a small or medium sized business with a staff headcount lower than 250

Our funding

The Business Innovation Fund is supported with £1,451,825 of funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), which is part of the European Structural and Investment Funds 2014-2020. The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) is the Managing Authority for ERDF. Established by the European Union, the ERDF helps local areas stimulate economic development by investing in project which will support innovation, business, create jobs and deliver local community regeneration. For more information visit the ERDF webpage.

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