Funding

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The Scottish Funding Council offer a number of funding programmes, which are administered by Interface, to offset the cost for businesses collaborating with Scotland's universities, research institutions and further education colleges to develop new products, services and processes through R&D projects.

 

How It Works

 

Eligibility

To be eligible for these funding streams you must already have an academic partner and be a Scottish Small and Medium-sized Enterprise (SME). If you do not have an academic partner the Interface Business Engagement team can help, please email info@interface-online.org.uk or for any eligibility enquiries please submit our pre-submission information or spin-out pre-submission information forms.

Standard Innovation Vouchers

Up to £5,000 of funding aimed at encouraging first time partnerships between a company and a university, research institution 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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Follow On Innovation Vouchers

Up to £20,000 of match funding to encourage sustained relationships with academia and enable existing partnerships to continue the development of a project. The company must match the value of the grant requested in cash.

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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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If you have any questions regarding the above Scottish Funding Council funding programmes please email applications@interface-online.org.uk

There are also additional funding streams which the Interface team can help link you into.

More information on Additional Funding Streams