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Business Innovation Vouchers

Funding Available: £15,000

Expressions of Interest now closed

Who is eligible to apply: Horticultural and plant-based food and drink companies across the supply chain in Kent and Medway

Opening date: 08.08.2022 End date: 03.10.2022

Grant Information

Please note: We are no longer accepting Expressions of Interest for this round of Business Innovation Vouchers. We will be reopening applications in 2023. Please get in touch to discuss your project idea at any time and we can ensure you're one of the first to hear about our next wave of grant funding. 

Take advantage of 75% funding towards research projects costing up to £20,000!

The Vouchers will give businesses access to the leading experts and research facilities in the Kent and Medway region. They are designed to help overcome the challenges that may be facing a business and realise opportunities through innovation; whether it is testing a new prototype product, trialling a new piece of technology or getting data to validate an idea.

What is a Business Innovation Voucher?

A Business Innovation Voucher is a grant that can be used by businesses to access technical research support.

Businesses can take advantage of 75% funding towards research projects worth up to £20,000. A cash or in-kind 25% co-investment is needed from the business applicant, so grants of up to £15,000 are available.

The funding could be used for a consultation with a scientific expert, a small trial, or for access to some of the cutting-edge research equipment and facilities available in Kent and Medway.

What type of projects will the Business Innovation Vouchers be awarded for?

We can support a range of projects. The capabilities in the region mean we’re able to help with challenges in;

  • Crop production
  • Food processing
  • Packaging
  • Producing high-value compounds from plants, and
  • agri-tech solutions.

You might have a new product idea that they would like to prototype and test in a food laboratory kitchen. You may want to see how different light levels affect how a plant grows, or find a different variety of fruit that works in a new recipe. Or you might want to investigate alternative packaging ideas to reduce food waste or eliminate single use plastic.

The Business Innovation Vouchers could be used for;

  • Testing new products and prototypes
  • Trialling new technology
  • Validating your data
  • Proof of concept studies

Whatever the challenge may be, our team would love to talk to you to understand your business, its challenges and discuss solutions. They can advise how the grants could help and which research partners would be best placed to support you.

Help with your application

Once your project idea has been discussed with a member of our team, you will be issued with an application form.

You will need to register as a Growing Kent & Medway member in order to complete your application. It is free to become a member. Sign-up here

To help you complete your application, we have created the following guidance;

Please note, this is a joint application process between a business and research organisation. Please allow sufficient time to enable both parties to complete and submit their relevant sections. The academic partner can only begin their application once the lead business has submitted their form. There will be no extension to the closing date.

The Expression of Interest form is now closed and we are no longer accepting applications for this round. The final application deadline for anyone who has successfully submitted an Expression of Interest form is 3 October 2022. Winners will be notified in November. 

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Please contact one of our team and we will aim to match you with the right support and funding. 

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