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Helping you to understand the funding landscape, identify potential sources of finance and grant funding.


We facilitate access to a wide range of research and development grant funding through a variety of schemes.  Working with innovation ecosystem partners such as the four Greater Manchester Universities, Innovate UK and Research and Technology Organisation, we'll help you to identify the most appropriate route - from start-up funding to collaborative projects involving small businesses, large companies, universities and research organisations.

GM Business Growth Hub’s Innovation Team can also provide support with application ideation, reviews and comments. To find out more about the support you can access, please complete this enquiry form.

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Innovation Grants for Greater Manchester SMEs

Get the funding you need to access expert support to help your business innovate, develop and grow.

Innovation Grants enable small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Greater Manchester to apply for funding to access expertise, research, and specialist facilities to accelerate the development of innovative products and services for both capital and revenue expenditure.

Innovation Grants up to £5k are available are available for established SMEs in Greater Manchester subject to eligibility and suitability criteria. And provide an opportunity to commercialise your innovation, accelerate your route to market and realise a rapid return on investment, irrespective of the sector and the technology.

Apply now using the form below.

The kind of activities the grants can be used to fund include:

  • Access to facilities and equipment
  • Product design 
  • Research and development 
  • Knowledge transfer 
  • Consultancy
  • Testing and validation 

Additional innovation grants ranging from £5k up to £25k are available to support R&D and capital expenditure subject to eligibility and suitability criteria and for businesses where their innovation has a particular focus on enabling and supporting emerging technologies in the following areas:

  • Sustainable Advanced Materials
  • Diagnostics & Genomics
  • Artificial Intelligence, Data & Advanced Computing

Apply now using the form below. 

Innovation Grant testimonials

“They have helped us to form new partnerships with universities, as well as introduce us to new companies and industry contacts, which have proven invaluable.”

Richard Tate, Project Manager, Hallidays Hydropower

“We have benefitted greatly from finding an academic partner to help us develop our online training system. Not only did our Hub innovation advisor Dharma fully support us through the application process, she also found great people within the university and acted as a great liaison as we initially developed the project.”

Chris Cooke, Managing Director, Jeff Gosling Hand Controls Ltd

“The team at the Growth Hub have been fantastic. We have been offered and provided with strategic support and also funding that have been used with Salford University. The results have enabled us to win new business and develop our portfolio of certification. Their support has been excellent.”

Louise King, ScrewQuick

“The process was made easy for me and I was extremely grateful at the support throughout each step/stage, resulting in a voucher towards research, which will hopefully help me move my business forward and to the next phase of growth.”

Oliver Briggs, Founder, Healthstrong

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