Research and development

Government grants for research and development are available to help individuals and small to medium-sized businesses research and develop technologically innovative products and processes.

The following help is available:

Micro projects

Micro projects involve the initial proof of market development, this can include market research, competitor analysis and commercialisation planning of an innovative product or process.

A grant of up to £25,000 is available to businesses. Projects last no longer than nine months.

Research projects

Research projects typically involve planned research or critical investigation to explore the technical feasibility and commercial potential of a new technology product or process.

A grant of up to £100,000 is available to businesses, and projects last up to 18 months.

Development projects

Development projects involve the shaping of industrial research into pre-production prototype of a technologically innovative product or industrial process, this includes pre-clinical studies.

A grant of up to £250,000 is available for businesses, and projects last up to two years.


De Montfort University provides support in applying for this programme, however, there are other funding options available.

Contact us

For further information or an informal discussion please contact:

Dr. Sarah Malone

T: +44 (0)116 257 7653

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