Delivered by

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

SparkFund Programme COVID-19 Response - we're still here to support you


In response to the current COVID-19 situation in the UK, we would like to take this opportunity to reassure you that the University of Hull has taken a number of steps to ensure that the SparkFund project can continue supporting you and your business while keeping the SparkFund team and all stakeholders safe.


***Click here to view potential funding opportunities***

The full team are working from home and are contactable by phone, email and various video messaging services.

Telephones: each member of the team can be contacted on their mobile, if you don’t have the right number let us know by emailing and we will connect you.

Emails: all our team have full access to emails. If you don’t know the email address of the key contact you are looking for, please email letting us know who you are trying to contact and we will make sure you have the right information.

Video calls: If you would prefer to use a video messaging service please contact us or send us an email invite and we can connect via an online platform of preference.

If you’re new to the project and don’t have a named contact, please get in touch by competing the enquiry form and we will be in touch. 



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