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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 £13.5m, we’re helping SMEs accomplish their ambitions”

It starts with a Spark

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SparkFund Team

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 - IVS/122/P178

Bespoke CRM & TMS system for the CATCH Business

Brief DescriptionA SparkFund Business would like to commission the services of a suitably qualified and experienced supplier to deliver a bespoke CRM & TMS systemDeadline for responses 12 noon on 23 O...

ID - IVS/126/P181

Review of Business strategy & forward planning including process review

Brief DescriptionA SparkFund Business would like to commission the services of a suitably qualified and experienced consultant to undertake a full business review including business strategy, forward ...

ID - R&D/064/P182

New coupling prototype products ATEX, CE Accreditation & Type Approval

Brief DescriptionA SparkFund Business would like to commission the services of a suitably qualified and experienced supplier to carry out full accreditation work to meet ATEX & CE marking requirements...

ID - Spark/744/3A/OPEN

Wrap Around Support for Innovation Strategy

Brief DescriptionThe SparkFund Programme is looking for a suitable consultant to provide wrap around assistance to a SparkFund beneficiary. The support is focused on Innovation Strategy - Strategic In...

ID - R&D/059/P183

Forage Harvester - 8m Direct Cut Header

Brief DescriptionA SparkFund Business would like to commission the services of a suitably qualified and experienced supplier to provide the following; Lot 1: Completion of the overall design/drawing s...

ID - IVS/112/P184

Unique water pipe coating & application - Development & Testing

Brief DescriptionA SparkFund Business is seeking to appoint one consultant to undertake stages one & two of this project. The project is split into four sections which are outlined below.  STAGE 1: Pr...