There are billions of euros in grants available to help science and technology companies in Europe pursue and market innovative products and services to improve their business performance. However, these grants are spread across the local, national and EU bureaucracies and often have complex and annually-changeable rules. It can sometimes seem like funding bodies are speaking a different language when they define terms like Research & Development and optimal project outcomes!
Are you investing in innovative research and development? Low-carbon technologies and the environment? Or are you undertaking capital expenditure, such as new machines and facilities? If so, there are grants available for this to companies across the EU including those offered by the Horizon 2020 programme. These can be very generous but are also extremely competitive, and sometimes require companies to build a multinational team to bid for the money. Leyton’s offices in France, Belgium, Spain and the United Kingdom have expert grants teams which can advise about EU grants as well as about all of the grants specific to each nation.
In the United Kingdom for example, companies not only have access to EU funding but also to national and regional (i.e. local) grants. The regional grants usually prize job creation and local socioeconomic enrichment but can also issue specific calls – such as for software for use in a specific hospital. At the national level, there are highly-competitive general innovation grants as well as thematic calls targeted at a variety of sectors, from agriculture to space science.
“Many businesses find it difficult to access the finance they need to grow”, says Dr. Heloise Finch-Boyer, senior Grants Specialist at Leyton UK. “Leyton offers expert advice to help companies identify grants and to succeed in applying for them, saving time and effort for busy company owners.”
Leyton UK’s grants specialists keep abreast of the changing opportunities and know just how to pitch a project or capital investment for each grant, drawing on more than a decade of experience in grants and science writing. They work closely with consultants who have deep industry experience, to optimise the technical components of the applications as well. This winning combination has achieved four times the national success rate for UK innovation grants.
One of Leyton UK’s success stories was obtaining an Innovate UK Smart Grant for Isode, a software company which has been developing and supporting COTS server software for secure messaging and directory systems since 2002. Their software is now employed in government, military and aviation systems in more than 100 countries.
Contact your national Leyton office if you’re looking at job creation and capital investment, are planning an innovative new R&D project, or want to take an innovative new product to market!
Dr. Alexi Baker, Grants Specialist, Innovation Funding, Leyton UK
Leyton UK grants: http://www.leyton.com/web/uk/r-d-grants
Leyton France grants: http://www.leyton.com/notre-offre-innovation/r-d
Leyton Belgium grants: http://www.leyton.com/fr_BE/web/be/incitants-rd
Leyton Spain grants: http://www.leyton.com/web/es/nuestra-oferta-innovacion-i-d