Nesta is an innovation charity with a mission to help people and organisations bring great ideas to life.
We are dedicated to supporting ideas that can help improve all our lives, with activities ranging from early stage investment to in-depth research and practical programmes.
We don’t work alone – we rely on the strength of the partnerships we form with you and with others to make change happen.
Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever.
Funding all forms of research through to innovation, it offers various simplifications over previous Framework Programmes through a unified set of rules for participation. Additionally, it is open to any organisation, anywhere in the world and offers at least € 8.6 billion that will find its way directly to small and medium sized companies.
Innovate UK is the UK’s innovation agency.
We work with people, companies and partner organisations to find and drive the science and technology innovations that will grow the UK economy.
Who we are
We’re an organisation of around 250 staff, drawn mainly from business and with a head office in Swindon.
We work to:
determine which science and technology developments will drive future economic growth
meet UK innovators with great ideas in the fields we’re focused on
fund the strongest opportunities
connect innovators with the right partners they need to succeed
help our innovators launch, build and grow successful businesses
Our work so far
Since 2007 we have invested over £1.5 billion in innovation, matched by a further £1.5 billion in partner and business funding. We have helped more than 5,000 innovative companies in projects estimated to add £7.5 billion to the UK economy and create 35,000 extra new jobs.
The Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE)
The Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) funds innovative research that could lead to a cost-effective capability advantage for UK armed forces and national security.
We seek applications for funding from small companies, academia and anyone with an innovative idea that has a potential defence application. Our investments in science and technology research are high risk, high potential benefit.
CDE is part of the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) and funds only novel research.
We’re here for the innovators, companies in Wales, and beyond, seeking funding for projects…