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University of Hull

Funded until 2022 by

European Regional Development Fund

Innovation | R&D | Low Carbon

“With a fund of over £12m, we’re helping SMEs accomplish their ambitions”

It starts with a Spark

Cathy Hough

SparkFund Innovation Manager

Cathy Hough

You’ve got great ideas and ambition to take the next step in business; we’ve got three match-funding schemes and expert advice to help you do just that.

SparkFund is an innovation support and grants programme that will help you to improve or develop exciting new products, services or processes. If you’re a small to medium sized business in the Humber, York, North Yorkshire region with aspirations to move forward, you’re in the right place.

  • What is match funding?

    Match funding is the financial contribution SMEs must make towards the innovation or research project. That amount is then matched by SparkFund.

  • How does it work?

    SparkFund works with SMEs to procure the support needed to deliver their project through a tendering process.

  • How can I benefit?

    The benefits of SparkFund go beyond its financial contribution. SMEs achieve a real impact through connecting with our innovation Managers.

  • Am I eligible?

    The best way to find out if your innovation project could be eligible is to enquire now

Whatever you invest, SparkFund could match it.

  • Innovation Vouchers

    Can help you make a critical change to the way you work, how you operate your business or how you create new products.

    “The funding means we now have incredibly rich data at the touch of a button.”

    Sam Barlow BEM

    Fitmums & Friends

    Read more about Innovation Vouchers

  • R&D Grants

    Provide support towards the revenue of costs of your business carrying out research and development which will move your business forward.

    “The grant helped us launch our product ahead of our European competition.”

    Simon Chacksfield

    SG Technical Systems

    Read more about R&D Grants

  • Low Carbon R&D Grants

    If you’ve got greener business ambitions or want to develop a product that will help others to cut their carbon footprint we’ll support them.

    “The funding has given us an 18 month head start on our R&D, resulting in new jobs.”

    Tony White

    Fast Form Systems

    Read more about Low Carbon R&D Grants

Contact the team and see how SparkFund can boost your business

Enquire now

Procurement opportunities

ID - R&D/003/P035

Build of digital training environment including kit

Brief DescriptionA SparkFund Business would like to commission the services of a suitable qualified and experienced supplier for the provision of building of a digital immersive training environment w...

ID - IVS/003/P037

Supply of a mobile column lift, design review of workshop and movement of equipment

Brief DescriptionA SparkFund Business would like to commission the services of a suitable qualified and experienced supplier for the supply of the following lots: Lot 1: Mobile Column Lifts Lot 2: Rev...

ID - IVS/021/P039

Bespoke portal with social media

Brief DescriptionA SparkFund Business would like to commission the services of a suitable qualified and experienced supplier for the provision of  a new bespoke portal with associated social media and...

ID - IVS/040/P040

Food Product development, market analysis, packaging design, technical analysis & equipment design

 Brief DescriptionA SparkFund Business would like to commission the services of a suitable qualified and experienced supplier for the following packages of work: Package 1 - Product developmentPackage...

ID - IVS/040/P041

Food Product development, market analysis, packaging design, technical analysis & equipment design

 Brief DescriptionA SparkFund Business would like to commission the services of a suitable qualified and experienced supplier for the following packages of work: Package 1 - Product developmentPackage...

ID - IVS/035/P042

Development of a cloud based CRM system, Brand Development & Marketing and IT Equipment

 Brief DescriptionA SparkFund Business would like to commission the services of a suitable qualified and experienced supplier for the following packages of work: Lot 1 - Development of a cloud based C...