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The Sustainable Innovation Fund: round 1 (temporary framework) opportunity

Connected Places Catapult is looking for SMEs who would be interested to partner with us to participate in The Sustainable Innovation Fund: round 1 (temporary framework).  This is a grant opportunity to help all sectors of the UK rebuild after the effects of COVID-19.

Project costs must be between £100,000 and £500,000. Each organisation working alone or in a collaboration can claim a maximum of £175,000.  Projects must be ready to start by 1st October 2020. They can last between 3 and 9 months.

We welcome SME applicants who work in any of the following:

  • decarbonisation, circular economy
  • climate change and environmental sustainability
  • geographic or regionally-targeted innovation
  • innovation that is aimed at commercial or residential users
  • innovations that work across more than one sector
  • follow-on international opportunities that help the UK lead the world


SMEs must be past the feasibility study stage.


These grants are a form of state aid under the COVID-19 Temporary Framework for the UK.  Aid may be granted to organisations that were not in difficulty on 31 December 2019, but that faced difficulties or entered into difficulty thereafter as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. Micro and small businesses are exempt from this test unless they:

  • are in insolvency proceedings
  • have received rescue aid that has not been repaid


  • are subject to a restructuring plan under state aid rules


If you are interested in partnering with us, please contact and send over a brief of your business explaining how your business could fit with this call.  Deadline for expressing interest is 17th July.