Support and funding for open innovation

There's a range of support to help you take on an open innovation challenge.

R&D grants

Whether your project aims to gather the knowledge and skills to develop new products and services or make significant improvements to existing ones, our R&D grant can help.

Read about our R&D grants

Specialist innovation support

We can offer tailored expertise across a number of areas from product design, proof of concept, testing and market launch.

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100% funding available for R&D projects

We're working in partnership with Innovate UK-Scottish Business Research Initiative (SBRI) and a range of public sector organisations to fund and promote a series of innovation challenges currently faced by the UK's public sector.

Through this programme, we can help you access up to £100,000 to test an idea, and up to £2 million or more to develop or demonstrate solutions in the field.

You can apply for a series of innovation challenges that provide 100% funding through competitive R&D contract opportunities.

Apply for funded challenges on the GOV.UK website

CAN DO Innovation Challenge Fund for Scottish public sector

The Can Do Innovation Challenge connects Scotland’s public sector organisations with companies and SMEs to develop innovative solutions to service delivery and societal challenges. Public sector organisations are invited to come forward to access new, creative and previously untapped ideas and receive up to 100% funding.

Allowing the public sector to identify and work with innovative organisations, the fund provides support to develop, test and access creative solutions to the problems they face.

This is a joint project between Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Scottish Funding Council the Fund and is currently open for applications.

If you wish to informally discuss your challenge ideas and eligibility for the fund, please contact the team at


Interface provides a free and impartial service, open to businesses and organisations alike, wherever they are in Scotland.

Businesses of all sizes can collaborate with universities, research institutes and colleges to help drive their business ideas forward.

Interface will support and guide businesses through the open innovation process of being matched with academic expertise and can help source funding options to offset project costs.

Find out more about Interface

Think you've got what it takes?

Apply for innovation challenges that will connect you to global companies and offer you exciting opportunities for growth.