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Innovate UK Smart Grants

Financial support for impactful ideas

With ambitious plans to put the UK at the forefront of the industries of the future, the government is investing heavily in R&D to help them achieve their goals. Through Innovate UK grants, hundreds of innovation projects are funded every year, but millions of pounds remain unclaimed.

Innovate UK Smart Grants are free to apply for, but many are put off by the application process, which can be both complicated and time consuming.

What if we said we could take the strain for you?

We’ll quickly assess:

R&D advance funding reduces strain on cash flow  The best funding strategy for your project

R&D advance funding can be applied for at any point in the year Likely success of a grant bid

Receive R&D advance funding in a matter of weeks Alternative funding options

Short term solution and R&D advance funding acts as an alternative to equity loans and investors Additional services to ensure the most tax efficient and profitable outcome

R&D advance funding bridges finance between innovation cycles Potential project changes that could boost success of a grant bid

R&D advance funding bridges finance between innovation cycles Opportunities to connect you with our innovation network of suppliers and clients

And do all the application leg work to boot.

Let us help you identify opportunities and manage the application from start to end, maximising your chance of winning funding to deliver game-changing innovations that put you on the map.

Got questions? Check out our Grants FAQ here.

Why MPA?

We’re more than just bid writers. We’re tax experts, accountants, project managers, analysts, engineers, scientists, manufacturers and more.

We’re embedded in the fabric of UK innovation, collaborating with trade bodies like Composites UK, and playing active membership roles in networks like Silverstone Technology Cluster.

Over the last 15 years we’ve helped thousands of SME businesses release and accelerate innovation to support the future of the UK economy.

And, put simply, we want your project to succeed as much as you do.

Our bid-writing process

Following an initial conversation we’ll build a team around your objectives, drawing on specialist consultants, tax advisors, accountants, bid-writers and project managers.

The team  then follow a four-step process to complete your Innovate UK funding bid:

Discovery – Our team work fast to understand your project, market, and business and conduct an early suitability assessment.

Gap Assessment – A gap assessment is created with prioritised actions to align the project with the Innovate UK Grants framework.

Draft – Our bid writing team create the first draft submission, and work iteratively to improve it ahead of the deadline.

Submission – Your completed bid will be submitted to Innovate UK.

Frequently asked questions

About our application writing support service

MPA has a unique team comprised of qualified tax advisors and accountants, innovating funding specialists, and industry-sector analysts who come from technical backgrounds. We have manufacturers, engineers and scientists in our team and we'll pair you with someone with experience that matches the industry or project you're working on/in as closely as possible.

We pride ourselves on being able to speak your language, so you won't have to spend hours explaining technical details to someone with no relevant experience.

The application process can take at least nine weeks even if we work on it with you. This is because we still need input from you, as the client and project lead.

We try to tackle one question a week - there are 11 questions in all - to minimise disruption to your diary, and to give you time in between to source the information and supporting documentation required.

How much you need to be involved depends on how formulated your project/idea is, how far along in the application process you already are, how easily information is to hand, and how complicated your project/idea is.

We have a set fee upfront for all clients that we'd be happy to share with you on request. If your application is successful a percentage of the funding received would also be payable.

We will discuss your project and funding needs thoroughly before recommending and undertaking grant application work to ensure you're getting the service right for you.

Following an initial conversation, we’ll build a team around your objectives, drawing on specialist consultants, tax advisors, accountants, bid-writers and project managers.

The team then follow a four-step process to complete your Innovate UK funding bid:

  1. Discovery – Our team work fast to understand your project, market, and business and conduct an early suitability assessment.
  2. Gap Assessment – A gap assessment is created with prioritised actions to align the project with the Innovate UK Grants framework.
  3. Draft – Our bid writing team create the first draft submission, and work iteratively to improve it ahead of the deadline.
  4. Submission – Your completed bid will be submitted to Innovate UK.

We can help you quickly assess:

  • The best funding strategy for your project
  • Likely success of a grant bid
  • Alternative funding options
  • Additional services to ensure the most tax efficient and profitable outcome
  • Potential project changes that could boost success of a grant bid
  • Opportunities to connect you with our innovation network of suppliers and clients

And do all the application leg work to boot.

Let us help you identify opportunities and manage the application from start to end, maximising your chance of winning funding to deliver game-changing innovations that put you on the map.

We’re more than just bid writers. We’re tax experts, accountants, project managers, analysts, engineers, scientists, manufacturers and more.

We’re embedded in the fabric of UK innovation, collaborating with trade bodies like Composites UK, and playing active membership roles in networks like Silverstone Technology Cluster.

Over the last 15 years we’ve helped thousands of SME businesses release and accelerate innovation to support the future of the UK economy.

And, put simply, we want your project to succeed as much as you do.

No. But it will put you in a much better position to do so.

Innovate UK smart grant applications are assessed and scored against set criteria, and only the best receive funding.

The lengthy and intense application process can be daunting at first, and we find that many simply give up halfway through without support.

Working with an advisor can help you understand what information you need to include to get you the best score possible, what details are worth spending the time seeking out to include, and how to explain critical information properly.

Not really. It's important for both us and our clients that the idea is right, so we start the process off with an exploration session that allows us to assess whether Smart Grant funding is right for you, and how likely you would be to win a bid/receive funding.

Innovate UK is looking to fund problems that solve societal, environmental and economic issues, so we focus on those ideas too.

Have any questions?

Sometimes it’s just easier to have a chat. We can help you find the best solution in the quickest possible way.

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