Funding Opportunites

Robotics has the benefit of funding from a variety of sources. New funding opportunities are arising all the time. To help you and your business, we have tried to provide the latest information about funding programs.

Funding Opportunities 2019

June 2019

Hello Tomorrow Global Challenge –

Are you developing a new technology in one of these fields?

Aeronautics, Advanced Computing & AI, Cybersecurity & Communication, Digital Health & Medical Devices, Drug Discovery, Energy, Environment, Food & Agriculture, Industrial Biotech, Industry 4.0, Medical Biotech, Mobility, New Space, Smart City

Applications Open

Do you have a deep tech start-up or project that uses advanced technology to answer a societal or industrial challenge? You can apply online from June 4th 2019 onwards!

March 2019

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, is investing up to £2 million to develop electronics, sensors and photonics (ESP) devices, components and/or sub-systems for robotics and AI (RAI) operations. Solutions must be capable of surviving and operating in extreme and challenging environments.

Apply here

February 2019 

Scale Up 4 Growth (S4G) – S4G is a new programme offering grant funding and workshops to businesses in the West of England with ambitions to grow, expand and scale. £800,000 of funding is available with grants from £10,000 to £40,000 for businesses in the West of England that are looking to expand and scale. They can be used to fund 37.5% of growth projects or initiatives for businesses. Deadline for grant applications: Midday, Thursday 7 March 2019

For interested businesses the first step is to register on the S4G website:

Innovate UK Announces Analysis for Innovators Funding Competition – Round 4

Funding is available for UK-based businesses to work with the best scientists and research facilities to resolve productivity and competitiveness issues. Analysis for Innovators (A4I) is a different type of programme from the usual Innovate IUK (IUK) grant funding competitions. It is focused on helping individual companies solve tricky and perhaps long running technical problems.

Apply here

The SABRE Programme

Businesses and entrepreneurs across the West of England will be given an opportunity to trial, adopt and develop robotics and smart automation solutions, thanks to a new £1 million initiative from the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol).

The SABRE Programme, based in the Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL), will help small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) from any sector to explore the benefits of these technologies, and to identify the most appropriate robotic equipment for their organisation.

All types of SME – from start-ups and sole traders, to more established companies – can access SABRE’s assistance, either through attending free workshops, or by applying to receive free or subsidised technical support.

Apply here 

January 2019 


South Gloucestershire Council 
University of Bristol