Invest NI is a proud partner of Innovate UK. An executive, non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Innovate UK is the UK’s innovation agency.

Innovate UK understand that taking a new idea to market is a challenge. They fund, support and connect innovative businesses through a unique mix of people and programmes to accelerate sustainable economic growth.

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Innovate UK Manager

Paul Malcolmson is the Innovate UK Manager for Northern Ireland. Paul is based in Invest Northern Ireland's Belfast HQ and works closely with the Innovation, Research and Development team.

See how Innovate UK can help your business

View the Knowledge Transfer Network’s funding application guide(PDF)

Innovation loans

Download an overview of Innovate UK’s loan programme for SMEs involved in late-stage innovation projects (PDF)

Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund

The Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund supports research and innovation. Its aim is to strengthen UK science and business innovation and take on the biggest challenges that society and industries face today.

Find out more about the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund

Case study | Find out how Exploristics benefited from Innovate UK support

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