Delivered by

University of Hull

Funded until 2023 by

European Regional Development Fund


SparkFund is an innovation support and grants programme which has been made a reality as the result of the University of Hull securing funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). Available in the Humber and York and North Yorkshire SparkFund can help SMEs to move their business forward through Innovation and Research and Development.

Made up of three funding streams SparkFund is a flexible and responsive programme which works with business owners and leaders to identify, define and deliver innovation and research projects which fit their individual needs, aspirations and plans. We know that one size doesn’t fit all and we don’t try to make it work that way; the SparkFund Team will support you every step of the way, helping you to shape and frame your ideas, apply for the funding and deliver the project.

Since we launched in May 2017 we have had a great response to the programme and to date we have supported over 130 SMEs to apply for funding and are working with hundreds more to support them in the same way.


SparkFund is now closed for new enquiries.

If your business would like to find out how the University of Hull can provide support, please email

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