PNO Consultants

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+44 161 488 3488

PNO is Europe’s largest independent
public funding advisory, annually raising
over €250 million on behalf of its clients.

PNO employs just under 250 staff
operating in 12 European countries.
In terms of core services, PNO is active
across the entire grant acquisition process.

Open Programme

The scheme is offering funding to UK based enterprises to engage in R&D projects in the strategically important areas of science, engineering and technology, from which successful new products, processes and services could emerge.

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Innovate UK are providing £15mil of funding to UK based enterprises to overcome key barriers to innovation.  Projects should demonstrate their readiness to deliver a project leading to new, highly innovative processes, products or services. Ideally these would result in successful commercialisation and/or significant, sustainable growth. The competition is open to the best business-led ideas or concepts. These can be drawn from any technology, engineering or industrial area, including Innovate UK’s 4 priority sectors for growth. To be in scope, a proposal must:

  • demonstrate innovation leading to novel, new products, processes or services
  • articulate a clear and anticipated growth impact for the business(s) leading to a significant return on investment (ROI)


  • all projects must be led by a UK-based business
  • projects can be carried out by businesses of any size
  • projects can be undertaken by a UK based business working alone or in collaboration (with commercial, research and third sector organisations)
  • projects may last between 6 and 36 months
  • total eligible project costs should range between £25,000 and £1 million depending on the type of R&D to be undertaken
  • the innovation project must focus on: market research, technical feasibility, industrial research or experimental development

Funding and Project Details

Successful applicants can attract grant funding towards their eligible project costs at the following rates:

For Market/fundamental research you could get up to:
  • 100% of eligible project costs for all businesses

For Feasibility studies/ Industrial research you could get up to:
  • 70% of your eligible project costs if you are a small business
  • 60% if you are a medium-sized businesses
  • 50% if you are a large businesses

For Experimental development projects you could get up to:
  • 45% of your eligible project costs if you are a small business
  • 35% if you are a medium-sized businesses
  • 25% if you are a large businesses
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