There are a range of initiatives available to financially support businesses to work with the University of Dundee.

The team at RIS can help you identify the best scheme for your needs and help prepare a successful application to drive your project forward.

Are you a researcher at the University of Dundee? Take a look at our Funding for Research page.


Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

The Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) scheme helps businesses to innovate and grow. It does this by linking them with a university and a graduate to work on a specific project.

Each KTP is a three-way partnership between a business, an academic institution and a graduate. The academic institution employs the recently-qualified graduate who works at the company. The graduate, known as the ‘associate’, brings new skills and knowledge to the business.

A KTP can last between 12 and 36 months depending on the project and the needs of the business. It is part-funded by a grant. The amount businesses need to contribute is different for SMEs and larger companies.

2017 has a number of open and themed calls for submissions:

  • Open call: 18 January, 8 March, *August.
  • Emerging and Enabling Technologies: *May, *November
  • Health and Life Sciences: *April, *October
  • Infrastructure Systems: *September
  • Manufacturing and Materials: *July

*Date to be confirmed. Contact our Consultancy Manager, or read more on

Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund

The Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund aims to bring together the UK’s world leading research with business to meet the major industrial and societal challenges of our time. It was created to provide funding and support to UK businesses and researchers, part of the government’s £4.7 billion increase in research and development until 2021. It was designed to ensure that research and innovation takes centre stage in the Government’s Industrial Strategy, with challenges including:

  • Healthcare and medicines
  • Robotics and artificial intelligence
  • Clean and flexible energy
  • Driverless vehicles
  • Manufacturing and materials of the future
  • Satellites and space technology

ISCF is provided by Innovate UK and Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. Competition calls are announced periodically.

Innovate UK

Innovate UK offer funding to test the feasibility of an idea, research and develop it and demonstrate it in a prototype. Innovate UK funding competitions cover the following industry sectors:

  • emerging and enabling technologies
  • infrastructure systems
  • health and life sciences
  • manufacturing and materials

Innovate UK announce a range of funding calls, which include Priority Areas as well as non-themed "always open" competitions. These include H2020 calls.

Horizon 2020 (H2020)

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020).

Via the SME Instrument, SMEs can get EU funding and support for innovation projects that will help them grow and expand their activities into other countries in Europe and beyond:

Innovative training networks bring together universities, research centres and companies from different countries worldwide to train a new generation of researchers. For example, with the European Industrial Doctorate the researcher spends at least 50% of their time with a non-academic partner, developing skills inside and outside academia that respond to public and private sector needs:

Find more EU Research and Innovation opportunities on the website.

Scottish Enterprise (SE) R&D Grants

The SE R&D Grant supports businesses developing new products, processes and services to improve company competitiveness. Projects typically last 6 to 36 months, and the grant can cover up to 35% of the project costs.

Scottish Funding Council (SFC) Innovation Vouchers

The SFC Innovation Vouchers scheme aims to build relationships between SMEs and academic experts in Scotland. The aim of the scheme is to fund projects which drive innovation, leading to new products, services and processes that will benefit the business, the institution and the Scottish economy.

Orla Kelly

Technology and Knowledge Exchange Marketing Manager
  +44 (0)1382 384664