Delivered by

University of Hull

Funded until 2023 by

European Regional Development Fund

Innovation | R&D | Low Carbon

“Very easy and straightforward. They understood our needs and supported us in making one of the most important changes we’ve ever made.”

Jeff Milner, Copernus Ltd.
Watch our explainer video to find out more

It's time we made your business ambitions go further.

You could secure a non-repayable match-funded grant of up to 50% towards your next project.

SparkFund will help you to improve or develop exciting new products, services or processes.
If you’re a small to medium sized business in York, North Yorkshire or the Humber with aspirations to move forward, you’re in the right place.

But the deadline to apply is fast approaching. Talk to us today.

  • What is match funding?

    Match funding is the financial contribution you will need to 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 talk to us. But hurry, the clock is ticking to apply.

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

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Procurement opportunities

ID - R&D/078/P260

P260 - Development of a web based logistics application system

Brief DescriptionWe are seeking to appoint a supplier to provide support in the development of an application system. This opportunity will be undertaken through an NDA and no further detail will be r...

ID - LC/018/P261

P261 - New Vehicle MEWP Technology - Control System

Brief DescriptionWe are seeking to appoint a single supplier to deliver a piece of software for their control system development. The company wishes to progress their electric drive range of access pl...

ID - IVS/160/P264

P264 - New online service, customer portal and ERP system

Brief DescriptionWe are seeking to appoint a supplier to design, develop, build and test our own bespoke customer portal and supporting operational ERP system, that will enable the business to improve...

ID - IVS/130/5A/OPEN

IVS/130/5A/OPEN - Support Request Procurement Consultancy Support

Brief DescriptionWe are seeking to appoint a supplier to support the SparkFund programme in undertaking a procurement exercise of behalf of a beneficiary business in line with procurement regulations....

ID - R&D/044/P267

P267 - Management Information Suite

Brief DescriptionWe are seeking to appoint a single supplier to deliver a management information suite. Further details on the requirement can be found by downloading the specification below Deadline ...

ID - IVS/163/P263

P271 - Commercial Drone and Accessories

Brief DescriptionWe are seeking to appoint a single supplier to supply a high specification commercial drone with a high spec camera, a LIDAR Sensor/Camera, D-RTK2 Ground Station and various accessori...